Coarse Fishing

Our coarse fisheries include over 275 acres of water with fisheries ranging in size from 2 to 81 acres. Our established lakes are located in outstandingly beautiful and secluded rural areas across the South West.

At South West Lakes Trust Fishing we offer more than just great angling, our unique fisheries are matched with a recognised reputation for great fish quality.

Enjoy the tranquility that our waters provide with established tree-lined banks, lily pads and weed beds with natural woodlands surrounding the lakes. Our coarse fisheries offer a peaceful setting within picturesque and wildlife-rich surroundings.

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3,500. Season tickets are available online. Day tickets are bookable through Catch. Download the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

Facilities include onsite cafes, parking, toilets, showers, wheelchair access platforms, on-site permit rooms and easy access paths and swims.

SW Lakes Fishing Trust is managed by South West Lakes Trust.

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Reporting an Incident:

South West Lakes Trust manages a portfolio of nearly 50 lakes and other natural resources so it is not always possible for our wardens to be on the scene when issues occur. The very remote and rural nature of our estate, the thing that makes them so special, also means that modern mobile communications don’t always cover the areas we would like them to. This makes getting an immediate response to ongoing incidents very challenging.

Please use this form to report any incidents of poaching, illegal fishing or any other form of antisocial behaviour to the management team so that we are able to take appropriate action.

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May 2023

This month, a carp fishing trial is being introduced at Roadford Lake, set in the rolling hills on the edge of Dartmoor.

Just off the A30 between Okehampton and Launceston, the reservoir is primarily a brown trout fishery, but in May and September this year, anglers will be able to enjoy carp fishing at this picturesque location.

Ashley Bunning, Head of Angling, said: “Carp fishing has never been offered here so it is a real unknown as to what could be caught. But if you fancy that big lake feel with the chance of catching some hard fighting un-caught carp then this could be the lake for you.”

Roadford Lake is home to a large stock of carp, which will be monitored during the period and used for restocking other lakes at other times of year. During May and September, carp fishing will be permitted in 12 swims on the west side of the lake (10 available for 24 hours, two for day permits), during which time fly fishing will not be permitted in this area.

The trial will enable increased investment into improving Roadford Lake as a brown trout fishery in the long term.

Permits cost £25 for 24 hours or £15 per day (7.00am-7.00pm), available to book online.