Trout Fishing

We extend a warm welcome to all trout anglers. The range of fishing we offer ensures excellent sport for all abilities. Our still water fisheries are among the best in the west and vary in size from around 50 to over 900 acres!

Our fisheries are picturesque and atmospheric lakes, including countless secluded bays, weedy shores and tree line margins to explore. We boast rainbows, browns and a large number of blues of the highest quality. Traditional fly fishing is the rule at our stocked fisheries, although other methods can be used at our free wilderness trout waters. 

Young People and Newcomers

We are working hard to encourage young people and newcomers to take up the sport. Under 12s may fish for free when sharing their parents’ bag limit. Throughout the season, we host open days and events where we offer free fly fishing tuition for all.

Boat Fishing

Boats are available at most of our waters which provide an alternative to bank angling. These may be pre-booked and we advise calling in advance to check availability at each fishery.

Access for All

Most of the waters benefit from facilities designed for disabled or wheelchair anglers, either by platforms or Wheelyboats. These boats must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.


A number of the fisheries have associated local clubs. These are a great way to meet fellow anglers, as well as participating in competitions and social events. We run four competitions during the season with two singles, one pairs and one team of four competition. More details of each of these are available on our competitions page.

Environment Agency Rod Licence

Anglers on all our waters must have a valid Environment Agency rod licence which are available from post offices or via the Environment Agency. The only exception may be when attending a bona fide course or a coaching session with a qualified coach – please check beforehand.

South West Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trust is the managing charity of SW Lakes Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes fisheries hosted the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships; Scotland took gold and England won silver. 

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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On Saturday 17 April Fluff Chuckers Brown Trout Bank Day took place at Colliford Lake. The day proved difficult with the wild moorland weather changing from very warm to cold, very windy to calm, bright sun to none.

The first two hours saw fish coming to pulling flies and dries and then for most of us a very slow remainder of the day. The exception was some great fishing for Simon Wood who steadily caught fish right through the day, ending on 13 and was the winner of the most fish to the net, well done Simon. Rodney Wevill came second to Simon with three fish and Warren Chegwidden third with two fish. All others had one fish and no one blanked.


The winner of the biggest fish by length was Rodney with a 14” stunning coloured fish and Simon in second place with a 11” fish.

Keith Burnett and Jack Welshman both sight casting to carp with a soldier Palmer and a foamed hawthorn, both hooking up and landing wild carp on naturals. Well done Keith and Jack and, even though it’s a trout event, you both showed your angling skills to the best.


So, it was a tough day but everyone had fish and some fun. 

Once again a big thank you to Fishing Matters and sprite hooks, Orvis UK, Hooks And Hackles and Fluff Chuckers for your sponsorship of prizes and support.

We will do another one next year late March on Colliford Lake and will confirm the date around January to give people a chance to get it in their diary.

A great event kindly organised by Rodney Wevill. Well done to every who took part and it’s certainly one for the schedule next year!