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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The second Mainline Baits Carp Open Pairs competition of the year was held at Upper Tamar Lake from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July.

On arrival at Upper Tamar on the Friday morning the anglers were greeted with some classic Tamar drizzle, not nice to walk in but perfect for fishing. With fish seen topping round the lake, the anglers were keeping tight lipped on where they wanted to go and what they had seen on the walk round.

The 11am draw was completed and set up an interesting competition with the March competition's first place winners Nigel and Rich were next to second place Matt and Chris in pegs 32 and 33, two of the fancied pegs to do well. A big team effort from the South West Lakes team and the bailiffs ensured everyone got to the swims in time for the 2pm start. Once the anglers were set up there was a sense of anticipation for the air horn to start proceedings. 

2pm arrived and the anglers started working the water to find features and get the rods out in the areas they had found. It didn’t take long for the first fish when Jason McEvoy landed a stunning common from peg 14, this was closely followed by Matt and Chris in peg 33 and Steven Folland in peg 19. This set the tone for the competition as fish kept getting caught around the lake throughout the evening and into the night. 

The next morning arrived and the tired faces on the bailiffs confirmed that there were plenty of fish caught during the night and the early hours of the morning. Nathan Bunting and Mike Stemp were placed in first, Nigel Woods and Rich Ford in second and Darren Walter and Richard Bradley in third.

Through the day the competition heated up as more fish continued to get caught and the bigger fish started to make an appearance, the lead changed four times through the day leaving it all to play for in the final night. The new format for the competition was definitely making it a more exciting and competitive competition.

There was a real buzz in the air on the final morning with everyone keen to know how the night had gone, there had been more fish caught but by who, that was the question and it was great to see the messages on social media from people wanting to know. The final horn sounded and that was it, the competition was over. The scores were calculated while the team ferried the anglers back to the car park.

The final results were in, Mike Stemp and Nathan Bunting in peg 27 took the £2,000 first prize, Paul Thomas and Jason McEvoy in peg 14 took £1000 for second and the ever consistent Nigel Woods and Rich Ford in peg 32 took £500 for third.

A big thank you to the team and bailiffs for the help with the competition, Mainline and John Kneebone for sponsoring and helping with presentation, Tamar Lake Cafe for supplying food and everyone who entered and was keeping updated at home, we thank you for your support.


1st Peg 27 Mike Stemp and Nathan Bunting three biggest fish equalling - 65lb 1oz (biggest fish winners 25lb 6oz)

2nd Peg 14 Paul Thomas and Jason McEvoy three biggest fish equalling - 54lb 10oz

3rd Peg 32 Nigel Woods and Rich Ford three biggest fish equalling – 52lb 9oz

Section winners

Section 1 : Dean Willoughby and Jason Head in peg 6

Section 2: Needed a draw for section winners and Joe Dietrich and Charlie Fowler won the prize

Section 3: Steven Folland and Rob Nicholson peg 19

Section 4: Darren Walter and Richard Bradley peg 30