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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their 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 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.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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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Photos: Derek Spears. Brown Trout caught fishing on the right hand side of Wistlandpound reservoir looking out from the dam on medium sized flies.


Rod Average: 1.87

Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught 7 rainbows to 3lb on a lime green and black booby: 'The day started bad, I left my rods at home but Karen kindly lent me her spare rod. Sky overcast so fished lime green and black booby on the bottom. 2nd cast I was into a 3lb trout, largest of the day. Fished well all day getting hit as I was about to raise rod to cast snapping my 9lb leader. Excellent day, excellent venue.'

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.75

Benjamin Lang from Launceston caught 5 rainbows and 1 brown: 'The brown trout was caught in the meadows and returned. I estimated the size at 1.5lb, it took the claret hopper. I moved around to the North Bank and caught 5 rainbows in the margins, all fell to the claret and ginger hoppers. It was superb sport, casting to rising fish and hooking up. The fish were in superb condition, full tailed and gave a very good account for themselves. Largest fish weighed 2.5lb smallest 1.5 lb.'

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.55

Patrick Murphy from Plymouth caught one slim, fully finned brownie at 1.5lbs: 'Evening ticket on Sunday - fished from 5.45pm to 9pm Remains of Saturday gale blowing through from NE and onto small Dam face Water very full - brief breaks in cloud cover, not overly warm for an August evening! Very little surface activity seen but quite a strong ripple across the lake Caught one fish tight into tree cover on South Bank and had a few tentative nibbles of Longstone pig trough. Fished at all depths.' Allan Lawson caught a full bag of 5: 'Fished Longstone from 8.30-12.00 today and it’s fishing very well. Lots of surface activity throughout the morning on and off, helped later on by a fall of flying ants. I managed 5 fish the best around 2lb, first couple pulling a cat’s whisker the others to a bibio snatcher on floating line. Great mornings sport, well done SW Lakes!'


Photos: Allan Lawson


Photos by Kevin Sellar: ‘ NE wind, good ripple, odd fish showing. Bennett’s bench: 2 fish and lost two. Pig trough to Longstone point: fish cruising margins, took 5 lost one big brown. Crayfish remains from otter’s lunch on the bank of Longstone.’

 View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.27

Simon Peters from Cusgarne caught 3 rainbows to 1.5lb and 2 browns to 10oz: 'Early Morning, 6am. 2 hour session. Very thick fog with a strong southerly wind making fishing limited as I didnt have much time. 3rd Cast, Treble hook up but the 2 dropper fish came off, landed the point fish (FAB) Had 2 brownies on a dry Daddy long Legs then 2 more rainbows pulling blobs and hoppers with a fast retrieve.'

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

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 0.55

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 6.50

Brian Robinson from Chandler's Ford caught 16 brownies to 1lb.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.00

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up: Kingfisher at Burrator, swifts feeding on flying ants at Fernworthy, Swallows and ducks at Kennick.




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!)