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 and one at Stithians. The two boats for Siblyback will be available soon.

To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.


News and Highlights from the week:


Hot and sunny weather creating challenging fishing conditions this week with very little activity reported across the fisheries. Please do keep sending your catch returns in as even nil returns help us build a picture of our lakes and stock levels and improve the experience for other anglers, as well as enabling us to provide these reports!


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: 1.54

A very hot and bright week resulting in very little fish activity despite the numerous insect hatches, although Malcolm Ure caught 8 rainbows from a boat and reported lots of fish showing on and off throughout his session. Graham M-R also caught 4 rainbows from a boat ranging from 2-3lbs and Charles M got 2 rainbows at 2 and 2.3lbs on a green damsel fished on the surface. A few successes for bank anglers too, with Lee L catching 2 rainbows of 1.5lb and John C and T Teague both landing one each. Greg reported some surface activity just before dusk, probably due to fish taking advantage of the cooling temperatures to feed on the insects.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 0.00

Photos: Roberto Maderelli

Challenging fishing this week owing to the hot weather. Five catch returns submitted all reported nil catches resulting in a rod average of zero, but as 22 day permits were purchased and we only received 5 catch returns we can't be sure how accurate this is. Anglers who did submit a catch return attempted all depths, locations and patterns but no fish or insect activity.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.00

The hot weather has put a lot of anglers off this week, with high water temperatures meaning very litte fish activity and both catch returns recieved reporting nil catches. Alan Clements summed up the week in his return: 'Very slow session. Didn't have any pulls or knocks, didn't even see a fish move. Tried several flies and methods ranging from nymphs on a floating line to a booby on a sinking line and everything in between. Seen plenty of what looked like midge either hatching or blowing across the water and plenty of swallows feeding on something coming off the water. I think the water was pretty warm, so that's what I will blame it on... '


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.38

2 rainbows and 2 browns caught during the week to Lee E with 1 rainbow at 1lb 14oz, Phil B with 1 brownie at 0.75lb, Michael W with 1 rainbow and 1lb 2oz and Simon P with 1 1lb brown trout. Anglers again reporting little feeding activity due to the heat.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.80

Disappointing number of catch returns received and a disappointing rod average of zero, with anglers reporting that it was just too hot and there was very little to no surface activity.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 4.00

Photo: Chris T

This week's high rod average is owning to the fact that only 2 catch returns were submitted, but those 2 anglers managed 8 between them. Chris H caught 3 30cm brown trout during an evening rise on a black hopper and a beetle, and Chris T caught 5 brownies at 22-33cm on a silver sedge dry fly and soldier palmer snatcher- 'the better fish taking the sedge, 3 on the retrieve with the fly dappling along the surface and the line held high above the water'.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.50

High water temperatures making the fishing challenging last week. Paul B caught 1 small brown and 1 perch on Monday: 'Caught between 05:30 and 06:00 am. Flat calm meant fish had too long to inspect the dry fly which meant refusals. Quite a few rising fish but petered out by 07.15 as sun came up scorching hot. Lots of weeny white flies around and carpets of black house fly type in margin weed. A few carp cruising too. Fish caught on 10ft #4 and 8ft 6in #2 on dry black CDC emergers.' And another 2 brownies and 2 perch on Tuesday.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

Wildlife Round-up:

The swallows were enjoying the midge hatches even if the fish weren’t, with lots spotted feeding over the lakes. Also lots of dragon and damselflies about.


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).


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

Tight lines!