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.

Clubs

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].

 

 

The Rainbow and Brown Trout fisheries have been fishing really well with huge hatches of Coch y Bondu beetles, particularly at Fernworthy, Siblyback and Stithians, really getting the fish looking up!


Kennick  

Rod Average: 2.54

Plenty of rises and fish feeding enthusiastically on insects on the surface.

There was a double stocking last week of a total of 650 brown trout.

    

Last week also saw Round 5 of the Snowbee Top Rod competition held at Kennick, as reported by John Hern:

Weather was mainly sunny with a few clouds with a temperature of 18 degrees and a moderate NW wind.

The Reservoir is currently 80% full so all areas of the water were accessible.

We met at the lodge for 0800-0830 for check in and registration, anglers were able to walk on to the reservoir at 0900 then fish from 0930-1630 with the weigh in at 1700.

11 anglers caught 49 fish for a bag weight of 94lbs 1oz.

Average catch 4.45

Average weight 1.92lbs

Best fish of the day were 3lbs 3oz caught by Chris Bolt of Kingsteignton and 3lb by John Hern of Exeter.

9 anglers caught their 5 fish bag limit.

Fish were caught by the lodge, under the pines, the Narrows, Oaktree point and Clampitts.

Best tactics were Floating line with a weighted Damsel Nymph or Nomad with Diawl bachs and Beetle patterns and an intermediate line with Blobs.

 

 

1ST ALEX VENN OF WILLAND - 5 FISH 12LBS 3OZ

2ND CHRIS BOLT OF KINGSTEIGNTON - 5 FISH 10LBS 13.5OZ

=3RD JOHN HERN OF EXETER - 5 FISH 10LBS 5OZ

=3RD MIKE STEER OF BOVEY TRACEY - 5 FISH 10LBS 5OZ

5TH PAUL WICKS OF ASHBURTON - 5 FISH 10LBS 4.5OZ

6TH DARREN PENFOLD OF LIVERTON - 5 FISH 10LBS

 

Winners pictured below, from left to right, Chris Bolt, John Hern, Paul Wicks ( who won the raffle draw prize) Alex Venn and Mike Steer.

 

 

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit https://www.kennickflyfishers.co.uk/membership

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Siblyback

Rod Average: 3.92

Fish have been hard-fighting and actively feeding on surface hatches, coming to both floating and sink tip lines.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Burrator

Rod Average: 3.90

Fish still being found at the top of the water column feasting on beetles falling from the trees so floating beetle patterns have been working well. Fish are lively and hard-fighting, providing some fantastic sport.

A stocking of 335 rainbows on Monday 13th.

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Stithians

Rod Average: 2.39

Fish feeding on beetles and surface hatches and coming to a variety of dry flies fished at surface level on floating lines.

 

For CAST club membership details, please contact Graeme Clements (CAST Club Treasurer) through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Stithianstroutfishing

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Fernworthy

Rod Average: 8.81

A whopping 141 trout caught between just 16 anglers for an impressive rod average of 8.81. Plenty of surface action provided some excellent sport with anglers favouring a floating line with flies to mimic the bountiful beetle falls and insect hatches on which the fish were feeding.

Photo: Tony Hill. ‘Wonderful days fishing thank you. 20 Brown trout caught. 4 taken the rest returned. Black and peacock spider in tandem with a hopper on a floating line was the killing method. Spooned some of the taken fish and they had beetle in them. Excellent return after 3 years of missing it thanks again. Picture is a really pretty fish with lots of red spots. Most fish this size with 2 bigger fish at 1 and 3 quarters.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Colliford

Rod Average: 6.75

Plenty of surface action owing to the large beetle fall. Brian HItchcock from Budleigh Salterton caught 20-25 browns around 12oz on a floating line fished at surface level, while Dean Boucher from Gunnislake caught 10 browns to 14": 'First fish of the morning on a pulled wet Soldier Palmer, but the breeze quickly dropped so switched to dries with the occasional fish rising . Caught fish steadily with a Black Hopper on a 12 catching most of my fish. Some nice cloud cover for some of the morning but it burnt away around lunch time and the fishing slowed right up. Headed for home early afternoon after another nice trip to Colliford .'

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford 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].

 

 

DAY AND SEASON PERMITS

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.

BOATS 

 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!)