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:


Anglers have utilised a variety of methods and fly lines to produce some steady fishing across the fisheries despite the lack of visible activity. Highlights this week include 14 full bags and a rod average of just under 5 at Colliford.

Photo: Catalin Stalina, Wistlandpound

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: 1.53

A variety of fly lines and methods utilised this week for some steady fishing.  A hatch of buzzers and an occasional rise resulted in a bag of 2 rainbows of around 2lb for Jack brown from South Brent, and Graham Read from Christow caught 2 at 1.25-1.5lb on a very slow retreive from the bottom on an intermediate line. Malcolm Ure of St Gennys had a successful session from his boat, with 8 rainbows at 1.5lbs.

Thank you also to Greg Abel from Moretonhampstead for this report: ‘Catch made on black blue flash damsel. Overcast morning gradually clearing at midday. Time 11:30, depth midwater. Slow retrieve floating line with 5ft sink tip. Other tactics used: fast sinking line, floating line, slow medium and fast retrieves. Fish rising to the surface from 6 to 7 am, disappeared when the wind picked up and ruffled the surface. Some surface activity from 12 to 2 not apparently feeding or very small flies. Good clump of chanterelle mushrooms to go with the fish.’

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 0.00

A disappointing week at Siblyback, with all 7 catch returns recording nil returns. Fingers crossed for an improvement next week!


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.78

A quiet one this week with only 7 trout caught. Simon Jefferies from Plymouth caught 3 of those; 1lb rainbows on a claret dabbler and Kennick Killer, while William Caldwell from Plymouth caught 2 at 1.5lb on a woolly bugger. Biggest fish of the week goes to Jon Rood with a 3lb rainbow.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 0.50

Phil Messenger-Roberts from St Austell had a fun session on Tuesday with 2 rainbows, 1 brown and several Rudd - one of which came close to a personal best for Phil. The other 2 trout of the week went to Rob Price (0.5lb) and Robert Lambourne with one rainbow at 1lb 10oz on an orange half-hog on 3wt floating line, fished parallel to the bank.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.40

Patrick Murphy from Plymouth caught 6 brown trout to 12oz this week with a team of midges, while Clive Garland from Bampton caught 9 wild brownies on a dry sedge. Steven Holmes from South Brent caught 4 brown trout at 8-12" on Hawthorne and bibio: ‘Overcast, some drizzle, little rising but fish came to surface flies, more missed than hooked. Some swallows, four types butterflies one hatch of Damsel flies. Magical place as always, now fished here for 56 years.’


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 4.89

Another great week at Colliford with a rod average of just under 5 and 14 full bags between 18 anglers. Dean Boucher from Gunnislake had another cracking week, catching 14 browns on Thursday and another 14 on Friday on a red hopper and a foam beetle; the former being most productive on the Thursday but the beetle outperforming the hopper on the Friday. Chris Tilyard from Fraddon also had a couple of successful sessions with 14 fish over two days on a GRHE dry fly and a black spider pattern. Mr Hicks from Roche reported fish rising from 16.00 during his session on Saturday, producing 3 browns at 10".

Thank you Dean for this report: ‘Only had a few hours to spare this morning so opted for the East Bank. Started off on dries which had worked really well on my last two visits. Not today though. An hour or so`s fishing produced just one rise which I promptly missed. I switched to a team of pulled wets. Soldier Palmer, Zulu, and Black and Peacock Spider, on 12`s and 14`s, this seemed to do the trick with all 3 patterns scoring. All smaller fish today up to 12 oz. On my way back to the car park I stopped to watch a big flock of Goldfinches feeding eagerly on some Thistle seed heads. A lovely sight. It’s been great to spend some time back on Colliford with some really enjoyable fishing this week.’



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.17

Little activity from the trout this week , but Gordon Tyson caught 4 brown trout of 1lb 2oz - 2lb from his boat, and Wayne Middleton from Okehampton caught 2  to 1.25lb on a bibio. Patrick Murphy from Plymouth caught 1 brown trout and many perch which are still in abundance with 63 being caught this week by anglers with perch permits.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up:

This week's reported wildlife sightings include a kestrel sitting on a post 5m from angler at Burrator, Goldfinches feeding on thistle seed heads at Colliford, swallows, various species of butterflies, and damselflies at Fernworthy, lots of ducks and a diving duck at Kennick.



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

Tight lines!