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.

Complete Form


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 quiet week across the fisheries this week, with only a handful of anglers braving the weather.


There are still plenty of spaces left for qualifying for the Best of the Best Competition:

The qualifiers have a maximum of 12 people per heat with the top 6 qualifying for the £2000 final at Kennick on 17th October

Places still available for the dates below - To book in please call our office on 01566 771930. Don’t delay!

 Burrator – 18 September (New date)

Kennick – 25 September (New date)

Kennick – 2 October

 All the information and rules can be found here:

 The full list of qualifiers will be posted on our Best of the Best page on our website (link above).


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: 0.33

Kennick continuing to produce few catches this week with a total of 6 among 18 anglers. Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught 2 rainbows to 1.75lb on an olive nymph, while Graham Read from Christow caught 2 at 2lb on a lime green booby: 'Ist caught at the big rock 2nd caught at Oak Tree Point. Both on a sinking line, neither were on the bottom, they both took the fly on a very slow retrieve while sinking, not long after it had started to sink in each case (hard to say what depth). There were a fair number of rainbow and brown trout rising near Boat bay & I had some takes on a small black fly size 18 at that location. There were both Damsels & Dragon flys above the water, especially near the bank near the boats. I fished the lazy part of the day from around 8 to around 14:00 - so I missed the best chance of using dry flies in the morning and left long before the evening rise.'


View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 0.00

Another week of blanks for Siblyback unfortunately.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.50

A quiet week across the fisheries this week, and Burrator was no exception with only a handful of anglers braving the weather and catching 6 fish in total. Tim Robinson from Denmead caught 4 browns to 1lb on a size 12 sedgehog: 'Weather was overcast and generally dull with a still westerly wind. Few fish moving on the surface but occasional fish would come up for the flies fished in top 2 foot of water.' S carpenter from Plymouth caught 2 rainbows at 1.5lb on a Montana fly.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.36

Tricky fishing at Stithians this week owing to foggy conditions and a lack of fly life, but 11 anglers still managed 15 fish between them. Stig Lindholm from Falmouth caught 1 rainbow and 1 wild brown: 'Flat calm with occasional small patches of wind ripple. Water temp. 20 degrees C in the shallows. Abundance of small bait fish and abundant hatch towards the end of the session (15:30 to 18:00). Cormorant present on and off although didn’t seem to put the fish down. Fished single dry flies still to very slow retrieve. Flies taken almost immediately after presentation. Rainbow on the Parachute Adams, Brown on the Grey Duster.'


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.80

 A little more action at Fernworthy this week with 10 anglers catching 28 fish between them, despite a widely reported lack of visible activity. Daniel Price from Crediton got the highest number with 7 browns, closely followed by Roy Gill from Exmouth with 5 on a size 12 klinkhammer.  Eric Kuchenbecker from Plympton caught this week's biggest fish with 3 browns to 2lb with a Diawl Bach on floating line, while Jeff Ferguson from Seaton found that dries were the way to go with a catch of 4 small browns after several failed pulls on a wet fly.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.00

Quieter than last week with a lower but still respectable rod average of 3. Dean Boucher caught 10 browns to 1lb 14oz on Friday on a black tadpole, noting that wet flies were working best. It was dries that were performing better on Sunday, however, when Dean caught a further 8: 'Most of my fish came on dries today. Hopper and Beetle both catching. The best fishing was around mid morning when the lake went dead flat , odd fish seen rising then but they stopped rising when the breeze started and the ripple returned.'

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.00

 Roadford still proving popular with perch anglers. Stuart Macrostie from Tavistock caught 23 under half a pound on a team of three gold-ribbed hare's ears.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up:

A pair of Ravens performing aerobatics around and across the dam at Stithians and a snipe spotted at Colliford.


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

Tight lines!