A large reservoir of approximately 920 acres set high on the Denbigh Moors at 1,230 feet above sea level. It is the venue for international and national competitions, is maintained to a very high standard and is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Fishing is from both bank and boats. Because of the topography, there are always sheltered bays and banks whatever the wind direction. However, be warned – because of its elevation the lake can be very cold and windy at any time of the year.
We usually post or email the weekly fishing reports produced by the Brenig management so members can stay in touch with what is happening, these can also be found on the Foxon’s blog.
The Visitors Centre has a café, which is open for breakfasts most weekends. Cycles can be hired and there is a display of archaeological remains. There is a range of interesting walks around the lake as well as bird watching with ospreys breeding in recent years.
How to get there
The reservoir is well signposted from all directions and is best accessed from the A5 to the south and the A543 to the north.
From the A5 (or the B4501 from Ruthin) – go to Cerrigydrudion and then take the B4501 to the lake.
From Denbigh – take the A543 Pentrefoelas road or the B4501 Nantglyn road.
Access to the water
Your WGFC membership card must be carried and produced to a bailiff on demand. As a member of WGFC you may fish without calling in at the Visitors Centre but the Brenig management would appreciate knowing that members are on the water. Members must make themselves familiar with the rules of the fisheries and abide by them. Fishing is from 8 am until one hour after sunset. Trout fishing is fly only with a current bag limit of 6 takeable fish and catch and release fishing is permitted. Pike fishing is also permitted at certain times but members should check with the Brenig management for permitted methods and dates.
If fishing with one of the Club’s four rods Members may hire a boat at the Visitors Centre (Tel. 01490 420 463) on payment of the boat fee. It is advisable to check on the availability of boats and to pre-book one if possible. Brenig is widely used for competitions and on competition days boats may be in short supply. Boats are available after 9 am.
Members must complete a catch return card and post it in one of the returns boxes as they leave. Catch return cards are available at the Visitors Centre. WGFC should be entered as the season ticket holder.
It is compulsory for anglers fishing from the boats to wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket. Buoyancy aids are available from the Fishing Lodge, currently at no cost.