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 one of the hottest, driest recorded September weeks at the beginning of the month, along with some breezy days with showers and cooler winds. Water levels are still generally low, with many lakes still under 70% full.



Boat and bank anglers both enjoyed equal measures of success, averaging just over two fish per rod (but struggling more in the hotter week), with a slow retrieve and  floating, intermediate, or sinking lines all catching fish. Clampitts Bay, Elder Point, Forest Bay, Hawthorn Point and Sycamore Wall proved to be the most productive locations. While there were some Buzzer hatches (when Black Gnats and CDC Emergers caught fish), most trout were taken on nymph patterns (Damsels, Diawl Bachs, and Pheasant Tails) or lures (Bead-head Fritz, Boobies, and Black Lures). Peter Gilpin (from Newton Abbot) enjoyed a great session, catching a bag of ten rainbows, using Lime-green and Black Boobies.


Photos: Andy/Al Lawson


The best sport was had early in the month before the hot spell, when anglers averaged 2.5 fish per rod, fishing mainly with floating lines, with the banks at Stocky Bay, Two Meadows, The North Shore, and West Bank producing the best sport. While some fish were caught on dry Sedges and Coch-y-bondhu beetles, sub-surface patterns (Montanas, Diawl Bachs, or lures such as Boobies, Butchers, and Fry Patterns) fished on a floating lines proved to be the most successful, 



This Dartmoor lake has started to refill, and is 96% capacity at time of writing.  Anglers have reported large numbers of fry in the margins. Floating and intermediate lines fished with varied retrieves produced the best results (anglers averaged 2.2 fish per rod), with fish being caught at Longstone, Pig Trough, Bennetts Lawn, and Lowery Point. Surface feeding fish were taken on  Daddies, Hoppers, Shipmans Buzzers, and dry Olives, while Damsels, Montanas, Black Buzzers, Pheasant Tails caught the deeper feeders, along with a few fish taking Tadpoles and Orange Blobs. While no big fish were caught over the month, plenty of decent bags were taken – Mike Ellis (from Paignton) caught six rainbows to 1lb 8oz fishing from a boat with a sink-tip line.



fishing at Stithians improved in September, with anglers averaging over 2.5 fish per rod, with most being caught on floating or sink-tip lines, using either dry patterns (Daddies, Black Gnats, Olive or Claret Hoppers, and CDC emergers) or sub-surface nymphs (Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Black and Peacocks, and Spider patterns) fished with a fast figure-of-eight retrieve. Pipe Bay, Sailing Club, Goonlaze, Pub Bay, Yellowort, and Sluice Bank all produced good sport. Simon Peters (from Cusgarne) caught five rainbows to 2lb and one wild brownie at 1lb at Pipe Bay, using dry patterns to fish which were rising to midges and gnats. Stephen Glanville (from Truro) caught five rainbows using a fast figure-of-eight retrieve and sink-tip line.


While Fernworthy and Roadford both had a very quiet month, with few fish caught, Colliford continued to produce some excellent brown trout sport -  anglers averaged nearly five fish per rod, with fish well spread out around the banks (Lords Waste and the bank by the dam both fished consistently well). Floating lines with a long leader proved to be the best tactic, either with dry patterns (Daddies, Hoppers, Sedges, and Beetle patterns) or pulled wets and nymphs (Soldier Palmer, Spiders, Damsels, and Bibios) near the surface. Chris Tilyard caught a bag of ten browns, while Alan Judd (from Seaton) caught eight to 36cm, using floating lines and dry patterns or pulled wets. Andy and Al Lawson (from Plymouth) enjoyed a great day’s sport catching ten fish to twelve inches between them, using Claret Popper Hoppers cast to topping fish in Fishery Hut Bay.


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


Chris Hall (September 2023)