Fishing on Hickling Broad is via boat only and this must be booked in advance as per the booking instructions below.
Hickling Broad covers several hundred acres and is the largest of the broads. This reed fringed "ocean" of water is seldom deeper than 4 feet with the greatest depth to be found along the boat channel denoted by the red and green marker posts.
Given the scale of this body of water it is wise to seek out those areas that are out of the wind as it can certainly blow on this broad! If you tuck yourself in the lee of a reed bed and fish 20-30' from the boat you will invariably catch a succession of Roach, Bream, Hybrids, Rudd and Perch on light float tackle. If the wind is not too strong and the boat traffic permits then moor up on the edge of the boat channel, where the deeper water sometimes provides a better stamp of fish. Another noted area that is accessible with our boat, is the mouth of Catfield Dyke on the western shore, with bream up to 12lbs reported.
And if the fishing fails to capture the imagination then the wonderful setting and abundant bird life are sure to brighten your day.
Whispering Reeds boatyard at Hickling will make one rowing boat a day available free of charge to NUAC members.
They are happy to cater for early starts and they will supply life jackets on request.
Please note that Whispering Reeds do not have a fleet licence for the use of outboards on their boats.
Please ensure that you have adequate personal buoyancy aids - your safety is your own responsibility.
Please use an unhooking mat in the bottom of boats to protect fish from damage.
To book please contact Whispering Reeds Boatyard on 01692 598314 during office hours.
Directions to Venue
Sat Nav NR12 0YW
Located at Hickling, about 22 miles NE from the centre of Norwich.
From Norwich take the A1151 signposted for Wroxham.
After Wroxham turn onto the A1062 to Potter Heigham.
At Potter Heigham turn left on to the A149 (signposted Stalham).
Once on the A149 follow signs for Hickling.
At Hickling follow signs for the boatyards.
As you approach the Broad with the Pleasure Boat pub in front of you there is a sign for ‘Whispering Reeds Boatyard’ which sends you down a road to the left.
After approximately 100 yards turn right in to the Whispering Reeds Boatyard car park. There is a toilet in the car park. It is not advisable to park past the barrier as this is locked after about 5pm.