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 photos of 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 Trout with 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:

Low activity levels across the fisheries this week in terms of both insect life and rises, but anglers have utilised a wide range of fly lines and methods to produce some good catches. Low rod averages were made up for with some nicely sized fish.


Best of the Best Competition

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!

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: 0.96

Some good size trout caught at Kennick this week with the heaviest catches of the week going to Reginald Smale from Newton Abbot with a 3lb rainbow and Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot with 5 rainbows between 2.5lb and 3lb on a washing line set up.

Robert Boniface from Exeter landed 2 rainbows to 2.5lb on a deep sinking line, while Graham Read caught another at 2lb: 'It was a dull misty start to the day. There was a light breeze and I saw a few fish cruising just below the surface, gently breaking the surface with their tail/dorsal. Nothing I tried on or near the surface worked. I caught my fish from the corner of Clampits on a sinking line with 2 boobies. The second (a small orange and yellow blob booby) seemed to make all the difference, along with an average speed jerky retrieve. I fished from around 09:30 to around 13:30.'

Thank you to Mike herring for his report and pictures:

‘It was a rather frustrating yet warm sunny day for the six bank anglers and five anglers occupying all four boats. The water temperature was 17C and the water level dropping. The northerly breeze seemed chilly.

I caught two rainbows (1lb 10oz and 1lb 8oz, the former one freshly stocked, the other one wasn't) in the first 15 minutes, then 'missed' another five (all great 'takes' but came off straight away) by 1pm, when I'd had enough!

Some photos below (showing 'Buzzer' John netting a rainbow, four of 'Mondays' bank anglers including John, Mike and Ray, the other boats - one including John Hern under his red cap - and other bank anglers).’

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.20

Little activity this week with a handful of catches. William Brown caught 2 rainbows at 2.5lb: 'Fine weather sunny and cloudy, mild breeze. Trout came to dry flies when wind was low. Grey Minkie catch towards end of day when wind picked up on intermediate line, varied retrieve.' Robert Cobbledick from Bude caught 2 rainbows on a pheasant tail nymph, Michael John Wall from Falmouth caught 1 42cm rainbow and Ian Sturt from Newton Abbot landed a 1lb 4oz rainbow on a lime green baby doll.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.42

Little insect activity and few visible rises this week but still some good catches with plenty of fish at a good size, with many around the 2lb mark. Graeme Taylor from Plymouth caught 2 rainbows at 1.5lb and 2lb on a sinking line with short leader and constant retrieve, after having no interest on a midge tip line with a wide range of flies, while Al lawson from Plymouth got another 2 to 2lb just a couple of feet from the bank on a dry daddy despite a lack of rises during his session. The fish were laying deep with no surface feeding when Jonny Mac from Plympton landed his 4 to 2lb (and 2 crayfish!) on a sinking line.

Paul Ackland from Plymouth caught 2 browns, one at 2lb:

Gentle breeze with sunny intervals. Very little fly life, odd fish rising. Caught a beautiful marked brown trout of at least 2lb which took a dry sedge, then another smaller brown on the nymph. Saw a few Swallows. Another enjoyable days angling.’


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.93

John Hedges from Falmouth caught 3 rainbows to 2lb: 'Start 09:00. As the mist cleared, a bright sunny morning. All very quiet apart from a heron in the margins. Westerly ripple but no fish showing. First set up floating line with 6lb floro. 1st fish at 11:00. Slow retrieve. Still very quiet on the nature front. Clouded over so moved. Second set up 6lb copolymer with hoppers and a muddler. A few fish showing at 13:00 and 2 caught in close succession. Then all quiet apart from a couple of ducks. A few late swallows around the dam. Finished 14:45.' 


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.25

 Very quiet at Fernworthy with just the one catch to report: Anthony Fisher from Newport with one brown trout at 10”.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.25

Generally very quiet this week with occasional short bursts of activity. A couple of full bags for Paul Mockford from St Wenn with 5 browns at 25-30cm, and Dean Boucher with 8 to 1lb 4oz: 'Started with pulled wets on a floating line. Soldier Palmer and Zulu on the droppers caught a fish a piece but the Black Tadpole on the point was my best pattern this morning, catching 5 fish. Takes dried up a bit late morning so switched to dries briefly before leaving, had one more fish on a Black Hopper and missed a couple more. Left at lunchtime after an enjoyable mornings fishing.'


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

Christopher Brand from Roche caught 1 brown at 8oz on a foam beetle, while Alan Judd from Seaton had a great boat session on Tuesday with 7 browns around the 0.75lb-1lb mark caught on dries:

‘I had a great day in the boat at Roadford on Tuesday.  I caught a total of 7 brownies with 2 at 1lb 9oz and 1lb 12oz respectively.

The conditions were calm with an intermittent ripple and hazy sunshine. 

I started in Goodacre bay, drifting along the north bank, when I suddenly had a take and landed my first brownie of around 1lb. There were several fish cruising on the top but I didn't manage to tempt any more. I then tried the boils for a while to no avail before heading over to Wortha Inlet and drifted along the south bank.  Here I found more fish cruising and it wasn't long before I landed another of around the same size, both fish falling for a soldier palmer. 

I then changed my point fly to a black and red skinny damsel nymph which brought instant results and I was soon playing a good fish.  Once landed, I weighed it in the net at 1lb 9oz.  Several fish still seemed to be cruising on the top so I couldn't resist having a go with the dries.  I cast out a single olive klinkhammer on my #5 weight rod not really expecting much when a fish came up and engulfed it!  It was another of around 1lb and I was thrilled to have landed one on the dries but better things were about to come!  I had a few more casts with the dry set up and suddenly another fish came up and took it.  This was a much better fish which led me a merry dance on the #5 weight which I could do nothing with until it finally tired and succumbed to net.  This turned out to be the biggest fish of the day tipping the scales at 1lb 12oz!

Soon after this the wind freshened causing a bigger ripple so I decided to head over to the north bank.  Here I caught 2 smaller fish and missed 2 or 3 more before heading back to the boat dock.

Another fantastic day at a SW Lakes brown trout water!’

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up:

Last of the Swallows at Burrator; 2 black backed gulls and a heron at Colliford; coromorants, geese and ducks at Kennick; and ducks, heron and swallows at Stithians.


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

Tight lines!