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 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.

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Permit rooms are closed until further notice. Please purchase your day and season permits here or call one of our team on 01566 771930.


Reminders & Requests

  • Please send me any photosof your catches, lakes or any nature or wildlife pictures that we could utilise for press articles or social media posting. It would also be great to have some clear and close up photos of some of the flies used, and would be very keen to see flies tied at home as well, so if you have any photos to hand please send them to- [email protected]


  • Please complete Catch Returns online, this will enable us to gain a clearer picture of our lakes and stock levels which of course in turn will help us to continue to improve our Anglers experience.


  • Any Roadford Brown Troutwith adipose removed as part of the project study please record and send any photo/details of these Brown Trout caught.


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!) 




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.


News and Highlights from the week:

A mixture of overcast weather, cooling temperatures and bountiful insect hatches has meant anglers have seen a real increase in fish activity across the fisheries this week, particularly later in the day.

Highlights include a new season record at Colliford, and 2 stockings at Kennick of a total of 610 rainbows to 3.5lb, with two more scheduled for October.

Brown trout season is now finished for the year, with rainbow fisheries remaining open until 30th November.


Please keep the catch reports coming in, we really do appreciate the depth of information they offer and it’s a great help to us. Thanks also for the great photos and videos we’ve received so far.


Rod Average: 2.00

Photo: Alan Behan

Kennick had another stocking of 310 rainbows to 3.5lb on Thursday 7th, and another 300 to 2lb on Monday 11th, with another 2 scheduled for October.

The fish are still favouring the deeper waters so anglers are fishing deeper and using boats to target the central areas. Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught 2 rainbows to 2lb off Clampitts bay, while Richard Berrisford from Exeter got 7 rainbows to 2lb 9oz and 1 brownie at 14oz on a size 12 buzzer fished at 12-13ft, also from Clampitts. Malcolm Ure from St. Genny's caught 5 rainbows to 2lb 12oz, noting that the fish were down deep, while Alan Behan from  Plymouth had a successful session from the bank, landing a full bag of 5 rainbows to 3lb 2oz (largest of the week) on an intermediate line.



Photos: Alan Behan

Thank you to Alan Lawson for his report and accompanying photo:

‘Great day on Kennick today, perfectly overcast with a breeze from the southeast. Four fish caught and released. Started at boat bank but no joy, didn’t find any until reaching poplar bay fishing across the narrows. When I did find them the takes were explosive! And despite very little showing they hit a dry daddy muddler drifted across the breeze on a slow figure of eight. The fish fighting well, with a lovely condition brownie in the mix which gave a great account of itself. Cracking day.’

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.00

Three anglers at Siblyback this week and 3 fish caught, creating a rod average of 1pp.

Mark Yates from Lostwithiel landed the 3 fish, with 2 rainbows at 2lb each and 1 small brownie, all caught on a Montana pattern from Stocky bay.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.60

Fish still favouring deeper waters whilst water temperatures continue to be fairly high for the time of year; thus boat anglers saw the most success last week with Ian Foxley from Plymouth landing 2 rainbows and 2 browns and Kevin Sellar, also from Plymouth, catching 2 browns to 14oz and a 1.6oz rainbow with Diawl Bach and damsel on floating line from Discovery bay. Paul Hobden from Weston-Super-Mare was fishing from the bank and had four solid takes which failed to land, finally landing 1 fish at 16cm.



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

Lots of insects and fish activity this week, with anglers reportedly missing as many fish as they caught. Ian stringer from Truro caught 4 rainbows at 1lb on a floating line, while Robert Lambourne from Redruth hooked a nice 1lb brown but failed to make it to the net. Mike freeman from Redruth landed a 15cm brownie on a dry daddy pattern, reporting lots of surface activity late afternoon, and Paul Wallace from St. Erme caught 3 rainbows totalling 4.7lb, losing another whilst reeling it in.

Phil Messenger-Rogers from St. Austell had a fun session with some hard-fighting fish; landing 2 rainbows to 2.25lb and a feisty little brown at approx. 0.5lb:

Lovely day - started quite still and warm, plenty of brownies moving and taking sedge in the shallows - fished the sedge all day for a bit of fun. Took one rainbow on a sedge in Carnmenellis Bay which was obviously a stocky judging by its finnage, then took another at Carmennellis point. This was in fine condition and scrapped like a demon. The little brownie was about 8-10 inches and a right little tubby he was great fun and I missed dozens like him. In fact, I missed so many that I ended up cutting the horns off the fly which were stiff and seemed to be preventing a secure hook hold , and once I did I started getting solid hook ups, though sadly too late in the day to make it count.’


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.38

Photo: Alan Judd

Some nice cloud cover this week encouraging plenty of rises which anglers have successfully converted to catches, producing 5 full bags and a total of 38 fish between them, as well as a few missed takes.

Howard Thresher from Crediton got the biggest catch with 6 browns to 35cm on a floating line with static/slow retrieve, while Clive Garland from Tiverton caught 5 to 36cm on a balloon caddis fly with slow retrieve.

Alan Judd from Seaton caught 5 browns to 1lb, pulling wets on a floating line just under the surface:

‘I had a good day at Fernworthy today. I started at Brownhills, waded out and cast out my floating line with a bibio on the point and a soldier palmer on the dropper.  I pulled the wets through the ripple and nothing much happened at first then suddenly my line went tight and I was playing my first fish of the day, a brown of around 3/4 lb.

I carried on with this method and managed a couple more.  It was noticeable that the takes came during cloud cover.

After a while I tried the dry fly in the shape of a single olive klinkhammer on a floating line. Again, things remained quiet at fist then suddenly a fish splashed at the fly, I struck but missed it. This happened a couple of times until a long cast with the fly out of sight resulted in my line tightening and the fish on and after a spirited fight, the fish came to net. There was no splash, the fish must have sucked it under. Indeed, the same thing happened again with no splash and the line just tightening. Unfortunately, this time we parted company.

I then moved round to Thornworthy Bay where several fish were rising and enjoyed some pleasant banter with some other anglers.  I tried the dry but this didn't seem to work so eventually went back to pulling wets with bibios on both the point and dropper.  I had several follows and takes until finally one stuck which turned out to be the best fish of the day at around 1lb.

So, a great day and to top it all off, at the end of the day on the far side of the bay, I witnessed a family of Dartmoor ponies coming down to the water's edge to drink.

In terms of scenic beauty, Fernworthy really is the jewel in the crown - with some good fishing to boot!’

Photos: Alan Judd

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.57

Despite conditions looking good for pulling wets, reports suggest that dry flies are working better of late with Dean Boucher from Gunnislake reporting Red Hoppers and Foam beetles as his best patterns, catching a full bag of 5 browns to 1lb 8oz on Monday and another 5 to 2lb 8oz (new season record) on Friday. James Lovekin from Helston caught 2 browns at 25-30cm on dries (deer hair sedge and black gnat) and Nick Forrester caught 1 brownie at 20cm on a black tadpole on floating line. Plenty of fish activity with many missed takes reported and fish rising but out of casting range.

Photos: Chris Tilyard

Photo: Jon Ogborne

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.57

Some nice catches from boat anglers at Roadford this week: Michael John Tregoning from Wadebridge caught the largest fish of the week with a 40cm brownie weighing in at 3.5lbs, while Alan Judd from Seaton caught 3 browns to 1lb on a floating line with fast retrieve:

‘I enjoyed another day in the boat at Roadford yesterday.  The fishing certainly wasn't easy with a fairly fresh southerly blowing, much stronger than forecast and hardly any fish rising.

However, I did find a few fish right in the margins in Goodacre Bay and lost a good fish of around 1 1/2 lb.  I then went on to catch one at around 1lb that had taken a soldier palmer before heading off to Wortha Inlet.

I had a few follows and pulls on the south bank before finally catching another of around the same size on a skinny damsel. I then moved down to East Wortha Point and again missed a few before attempting to try North Wortha Point.  I say attempting as it proved to be impossible to fish into the point with the strength of the wind pushing me into it and my electric motor just about coping to keep me away. At this point I made my way back to the west side of the lake and into shop inlet in case the weather worsened but not long after this the winds diminished so I went for one last try in Goodacre bay. Here I managed one small one, again on the skinny damsel before heading back the boat dock.

So just 3 in all fish but several more pulls and follows made for an enjoyable day.’

Photos: Alan Judd

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up:

Three Roe deer at Kennick, a single late swallow at Fernworthy.


Hope to catch up on one of our waters in the very near future.

Tight lines!