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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Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].


Some good fishing across the fisheries last week despite the gusty winds making conditions difficult.



Wistlandpound is fishing well with small black flies producing some stunning looking wild brown trout. Local angling writer Wayne Thomas enjoyed a short two hour session on the lake tempting seven wild browns between 10” and 14”.


Photos: Wayne Thomas


Rod Average: 4.39

Photo: Peter Gilpin

Kennick continued to fish well last week despite the windy conditions. Fish tended to be found in deeper waters, with the majority of boat anglers achieving a full bag. Mike Herring from Kingsbridge caught 9 rainbows to 2lb 8oz on a size 14 black buzzer, while Reginald Smale from Newton Abbot caught 4 to 2lb 4oz on a damsel. There were plenty of full bags as well with Peter Gilpin and Philip Rumsey from Newton Abbot catching 19 rainbows to 3.5lb between them on a drifting slow retrieve, and J Croy from Ashburton landing 12 rainbows on a Montana on slow sinking line: 'Fished 30 metres from the gate by the fishing hut. I have fished Kennick 2-5 times a year for the past 10 years. Never before had I caught more than 2-3 fish in one day. They are all good fishing days, however today was a great catching day! Thank you.'



Photos: Mike Herring

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 3.73

Last week saw the Snowbee Team of 4 Competition where some 'spectacular fishing' was reported and many anglers had filled their bags long before the end of the competition. Anglers earlier in the week saw similar success despite the gusty winds making casting difficult and came away with 3 full bags for a respectable rod average of just under 4. Notable catches include Ian Page from Yelverton with 5 rainbows to 2.5lb caught on a floating line with a sink tippet on 10 foot leader with a short sharp retrieve and jamie Gillman from Plympton with 12 to 3lb.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.58

A quieter week at Burrator last week owing to the cold Northerly wind that seemed to be keeping the fish down. Denis Bolton from Plympton caught 3 rainbows to 3lb on a hot head damsel, black damsel with red sparkle and a green neck nymph on a floating line with a varied retrieve: 'figure of eight, a bit of fast retrieve and stopping to allow the fly to sink'. Tom Bellingham from Plymouth caught 10 to 3.7lb on a Montana fly, while Patrick Murphy from Plymouth caught 3, one of which was found down deep whilst the others were in mid to top water feeding on buzzers at the surface.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.50

Anglers had mixed weather conditions to contend with last week making the fishing hard going with very few takes. Despite this, Simon Peters from Frogpool managed 7 over the course of 3 sessions, finding success with the washing line method on both floating and sinking lines. Other notable catches include John Henderson with 9 to 1lb 10 on a floating line with sinking tip, noting most fish were taking from 4ft below the surface.


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Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.67

Some occasional surface activity at Fernworthy last week from fish feeding on buzzers, predominantly in sheltered areas. Tim Robinson from Denmead caught 5 browns, 3 stockies and 2 wild, 'beautiful with distinctive red spots and butter yellow colour.'  Duncan Keir from Okehampton also got a full bag, landing 5.


Photos: Steve Phelps

Photo: William Wood

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.50

Blustery winds creating rough waters at Colliford last week, with short spells of surface activity and fish found where the waters were a little calmer but still with a nice ripple. Paul Mockford from St Wenn caught 4 browns to 35cm, one on a dry fly and the rest on wets, while Christopher Brand from Roche caught 5 to 12 inches, all to pulled wets on a steady figure of eight retrieve with an occassional pause at sub surface.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.44

Rodney Wevill from Launceston had a couple of successful sessions last week, landing 6 browns on a black tadpole on a floating line with varied retrieve on Friday after 4 on Tuesday and another 3 on Saturday. Wayne Middleton from Okehampton just missed out on a full bag with 3 browns to 1lb on a bibio from South Wortha bank, while Matthew Kitchen from North Tawton managed 2 and Gary Brazier from Bodmin and Nick Forrester landed one each.



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Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

Wildlife Round-up: Swifts, ponies and a Willow Warbler at Fernworthy, Canada geese, male tufted ducks, black headed gulls at Kennick, pair of Pochard at Stithians.

Without your catch returns these reports wouldn’t be possible, and they also enable us to gain a clearer picture of our lakes and stock levels which in turn will help us to continue to improve our Anglers experience, so do please keep sending them, even if they’re nil returns! Complete your Catch Returns online here.

Don’t forget to include any wildlife and nature sightings – we love to hear about them and they are a great help to our Environment Team!

Please continue to send us any photos of your catches, the lakes or any wildlife/nature that we could utilise for press articles and social media. We are also keen to see any clear, close-up photos of any flies used, particularly home-tied ones. Please send any photos to [email protected].




Permits are no longer available on-site at the permit huts, please purchase your day and season permits here or call one of our team on 01566 771930.


 We currently have four boats available at Kennick, three at Roadford, two at Siblyback and one at Stithians. 

 To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.




 Bag, Catch & Release limits:

  • Rainbow Trout- Bag Limit is 5 fish. Catch & Release limit is 10 fish per day – we would kindly ask that all anglers purchase a further ticket if they would like to continue fishing.
  • Brown Limit– Bag Limit is 4 fish. Catch & Release is unlimited (if you’re lucky enough to catch good numbers of our Brownies then we feel it’s well deserved!)