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].



A breezy week across the South West and our fisheries coinciding with numerous insect hatches has resulted in some fantastic sport, with plenty of surface activity from fish chasing Coch Y Bondus on the water’s surface.



Rod Average: 2.94

Lots of beetles blown onto the surface meant that fish were high in the water feeding last week so anglers opted for floating lines fished on the surface, with beetle patterns working well.


Photos: Scott Phillips’ daughter shows off their catch.


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The Kennick fishing guide is here



Rod Average: 6.00

Lots of windblown insects at Siblyback with fish chasing beetles on the surface and so plenty of takes for anglers.

Martin Stevens from Liskeard caught 10 rainbows: ‘Three fish caught top of water column and the rest on the surface, sink tip, floating line, a lot of insect life and wind-blown Coch y bondu beetle, the fish we’re having a field day. A great days fishing, you are always in with a chance. A great water with plenty of places to enjoy yourself fishing so use the wind to your advantage. South West Lakes, well done!’


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Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Rod Average: 5.64

A breezy week across the South West and our fisheries coinciding with numerous insect hatches has resulted in some fantastic sport, with plenty of surface activity from fish chasing Coch Y Bondus on the water’s surface.

Allan Lawson had a nice session fishing between Sheepstor Dam and Essworthy point:

‘A breezy day and this bank was the most sheltered. Lots of surface action as it warmed up and the wind dropped, lots of buzzer shucks in the water but it was the coch y bonddu they seemed to be smashing! I had five small browns and four rainbows losing another three. Great sport with a foam back beetle taking most of the rainbows and a dry black hopper for the browns. Great afternoon!’



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Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 5.25

Again, plenty of surface activity encouraged by insects being blown onto the lake.

Simon Peters from Cusgarne caught 12 rainbows to 2.5lb and 1 brownie:  ‘Bright sunny morning, fish topping everywhere at Holliss taking small Olives. Couldn’t get them to take my flies so went to Sailing Club. No fish on the surface so switched to an Intermediate line with a very small black damsel. Caught 12 Rainbows in 1 hour.’

For CAST club membership details, please contact Graeme Clements (CAST Club Treasurer) through their Facebook page:


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Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 6.13

Most fish taken on top or sub-surface on floating lines.

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Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.92


Photos: Chris Tilyard, 2 of a bag of 6 caught on Sunday: ‘After a good evening session earlier in the week catching 11 on dries, I set my alarm early to head to the same spot hoping the fish would still be there. Unfortunately they had been replaced by hundreds of noisy geese! The nearer I got, the noisier they got so I headed to the other side of the lake for some peace and quiet. Some early cloud cover and light winds soon gave way to sun and a blustery wind making the going tougher. Caught a few on pulled flies, mainly bobs bits, the first being the best at 14 and was in perfect condition. As the sun got higher I switched to a hoglouse fished deeper with short slow pulls which they hit hard. Had to settle for 6 this time and headed back home at 10.30am in serious need of a cuppa.




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Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.00

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Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here





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!)