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. For under 18s, there is a two fish child permit available. 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 must be pre-booked, either by calling 01566 771930 (8.30am - 5.00pm 7 days a week) or online by scrolling to the bottom of your chosen lake page.

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 several competitions during the season - 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

South West Lakes 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 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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"A twenty year first!

Calling all anglers - get down to Siblyback for some spectacular fishing!

Would seriously recommend a Catch and release ticket...Oh, don’t forget those Buzzers!"

- Mark Baxendale, Angling and Facilities Warden, Dartmoor.


Arriving on site at 7:55am I was greeted with a bright sunny day. However, there was a bite in the weather; notably the 4.5 degrees temperature and gusting wind, which increased from 15mph early on to an estimated 25mph by days end. However, that didn’t stop the 12 anglers that had entered The Snowbee 4 man team open. The anglers, now 'bacon buttied' up, 'coffeed' up and tackled up, headed towards the water at 9:15am for a 9:30 start.

Because of the strong SSW wind, some pre-competition practice, and knowledge of stocking location some days earlier, all the anglers felt that the best location was the East bank; a gentle stroll down from the car park. Six anglers headed towards the Two Meadows with the other 6 spreading themselves between Crylla Bay, the stones and Stocky Bay. Whilst chatting in the car park before the start of fishing, despite the cold lots of buzzers filled the air. However, most anglers chose to attach an assortment of lures and blobs for their days fishing.

The competition started at 9:30 and within 30 minutes the first angler, M.Stone, had caught his bag limit for the first zone (five fish). By the time the close of the first time period was announced with the hooter (12:30pm), all but a small number of anglers had caught their limit of 5 fish and were waiting to cross a 'no man’s land' line to the afternoon's fishing area where they were ready to lay claim to a swim before they started a 45 minute lunch break. Fishing started again at 1:15pm and by 2:35pm all anglers had filled their bag; a twenty year first for me, where a competition finished early as all competitors had caught their limit! Including a stunning rainbow caught by J Hern weighing 3lbs 7oz.

Results of the competition are tabulated below,

Kennick team A just pipped to the post Kennick team B by 4oz.

A special thankyou goes out again to Snowbee for providing some fantastic prizes for the competition, many thanks also to all competitors and John D, for help on the day.

Mike S

8lb 2oz

Chris B

12lb 3oz

Andy W

9lb 12oz

Peter B

9lb 2oz  (Bag weight 39lb 3oz)

John H

10lb 4oz

Alex V

8lb 15oz

Darren P

10lb 4oz

Paul W

9lb 8oz (Bag weight 38lb 15oz)

Ron W

9lb 7oz

John R

9lb 7oz

Rodney W

8lb 7oz

Dave M

8lb 13oz (Bag weight 36lb 2oz)