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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their 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 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.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 Trust

South West Lakes Trust is the managing charity of SW Lakes Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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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A mixed month weather-wise again, which included a warm dry week early in the month, followed by a sudden drop in temperatures, bringing conditions back to the seasonal norm. Water levels remain low at many lakes, although they have now at last begun to slowly refill.


Boat anglers enjoyed marginally better sport than those fishing from the bank, with rods averaging 2.2 fish per angler across the board. A variety of lines and depths caught fish, with floating lines and sink-tips the most popular, along with either a slow figure-of-eight or a fast, jerky retrieve. A few surface-feeders were caught on Hoppers, Sedges, and Dry Daddies, but the majority were caught on nymphs (Damsels, Diawl Bachs, and Buzzers) or lure patterns (Orange Blob, Cats Whisker, Red Zonker, White Nomad). Fish were well spread out around the fishery, although Clampitts Bay, Hawthorn Point, and The Lawns featured in many catch returns. Graham Roberts caught the best fish of the season – a powerful 4lb rainbow (as part of a bag of six fish) caught from a boat, fishing deep off Hawthorn Point. Peter Compton (from Bridport) caught three rainbows to 3lb 10oz using Humungous variants on a floating line and varied retrieves. Chris Whiteman (from Exeter) caught a 2lb 8oz rainbow and a hard fighting, powerful 1lb 8oz brown using a gold-head blue-flash damsel off Boat Bank.



October was a challenging month for Siblyback anglers, who only managed to average 1.2 fish per rod, with Stocky Bay, Two Meadows, and North Bank producing the best sport. A few fish rose to Claret Hoppers and Foam Daddies, but the majority were caught on sub surface nymphs (Montanas, Buzzers, and Black and Peacock spiders) fished on sink-tip floating lines.



This Dartmoor lake has maintained its level, at 96% capacity at time of writing. Longstone continues to produce consistent sport, although Pig’s Trough, Lowery Point, and Discovery Bay have also fished well. Generally Intermediate and Floating Lines with a variety of retrieves have produced the best results, with a wide selection of wet patterns catching fish, as well as the occasional Black Beetle and Foam Daddy taking rising fish.


Photos: Andy Lawson

Photos: Kevin Sellars


Fishing effort and catch results increased dramatically in the second half of the month, when anglers averaged 2.9 fish per rod, mainly using a floating line with a long leader, either with sedge patterns, Daddies and Hoppers to rising fish, or lure patterns to imitate fry in the margins. Congratulations to Tony Chipman (from Truro) on winning the local club’s John Battensby Memorial Trophy competition, with five rainbows to 2lb 2oz, and two browns to 2lb, using Hoppers, Daddies, Pheasant Tails, and Stickleback fry imitations, all on a floating line and long leader.



The fishing improved dramatically at this Dartmoor lake in October, with anglers catching weekly averages of up to 4.2 fish per rod. Boat House Bank, Lowton Bay, South Bank, and Thornworthy produced the best sport, with successful anglers using floating lines and a slow retrieve. Rising fish took Daddies, Sedges, Coch-y-bondhu, and emerger patterns, while subsurface feeders were caught on Black and Peacock Spiders, Black Pennells, and Kate McLarens. Clive Garland caught an excellent bag of six browns off Thornbury Point using a Black and Peacock Spider  fished just under the surface.



Colliford continued to produce some excellent brown trout fishing, with anglers averaging 4.3 fish per rod, with fish well spread out around the lake. Plenty of surface action meant that dry flies (Beetles, Hoppers, and Black Gnats) fished well, as did sub-surface patterns (Alexandra, Mini Muddlers, Zonkers, Soldier Palmers, and Zulus) fished on floating lines.



Roadford’s fishing picked up in October, with fish being caught by the dam, East Wortha, and Davey’s Bank, either on the surface using Foam Beetles and Hoppers, or deeper, using Soldier Palmers and Black Tadpoles.


South West Lakes Trust's Brown Trout fisheries closed on 15 October, while the Rainbow waters season has been extended this year to stay open until 31 December.

Please see website ( for more information on buying tickets, boat availability and booking, and forthcoming events.


Chris Hall (October 2023)