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.

Complete Form

With a lot of our staff off now until 2021, that’s it for this season with the catch reporting. I hope you have enjoyed the weekly reports from the fisheries and this weekly summary throughout the year.

We are open up to and including 24th of December at the four Rainbow waters so perhaps you have one last chance to get out for this season! Permit details are below. Kennick is the best bet having been stocked the most recent and Stithians has also been fishing nicely this last few weeks.

If you would like to buy a season permit for 2021, or would like to buy one for a friend or family member for Christmas, please call our office and they will help you do that on 01566 771930.


With permit rooms being closed you can get your permits here for each lake:

Kennick Permits
Siblyback Permits
Stithians Permits
Burrator Permits

Boats are now finished at Kennick for the season.

2021 pricing and dates:

Great news – our prices will be staying the same for the 2021 season! Season permits are available now and can be purchased as Christmas presents for friends and family. The 2021 season dates are as follows:


Kennick and Siblyback – 13th February

Stithians and Burrator – 6th March

Season ticket holders for the Rainbow waters can fish one day earlier than day ticket anglers.


Roadford, Colliford, Fernworthy and Wistlandpound – 15th March.

Thank you for supporting our fisheries during 2020. Its been a very tough year but I’m looking forward to 2021 and a more ‘normal’ year, I hope.

I wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and a healthy 2021.

Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling