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

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.

Complete Form

Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].



Rod Average: 5.28

Kennick continues to be the 'jewel in the crown' this week with a total of 153 fish caught between 29 anglers (although as 37 day permits were purchased it would seem we are still waiting for some catch returns so we would estimate a higher total).  Mark Mcilwaine from Shaldon caught 5 rainbows to 2lb on a deep line with fast retrieve, while Eddy Carter from Starcross returned to make another weekly record with a 5lb rainbow. Mike herring from KIngsbridge caught 8 rainbows to a total of 11lb 8oz from his boat, finding most success off Kennick bay, and Barrie John Taylor from Totnes caught 9 to 2lb 4oz, all caught deep on a slow retrieve. Andy Lawson from Plymouth caught 7: 'Hard won fish from the boat on a bitterly cold day with a very north wind blowing. Fish weren’t easy to find. Had a couple up at Clampits and the other five down in boat bay with the fish taking very very shy, and mostly on the hang down at boat bay. Feisty and good spirited fish. Another top day out at south west lakes!'


Photos: Andy Lawson

Eddy Carter with his 5lb rainbow.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 2.88

A new season record this week for Robert Young from Bishop Auckland with a 4lb 0.25oz rainbow, one of 2 fish caught on a green and black sparkler: 'A brilliant days fishing. Facilities excellent. Sunny weather but no fish moving and nothing hatching. We fished from the bank on the North side of the lake (cafe side). Floating fly line, slow sinking tapered tippet, slow retrieve.  The big rainbow was an absolute clonker! And we ate it on the night (fed 6 of us). We'll be back!'


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 9.81

Photo: Kevin Sellars

Burrator continues to fish well with a rod average of nearly 10 per angler. Tom Bellingham from Plymouth caught 10 rainbows to 3.7lbs on a Montana pattern, just getting pipped to the post for this week's largest fish by George Humble-Smith from Torpoint with 2 small brownies and 4 rainbows to 4lb. Meanwhile, Kevin Sellar from Plymouth landed 4 brownies and 4 rainbows to 2lb from his boat, and Allan Lawson caught 4 rainbows to 1.75lb on an olive buzzer and damsel nymph: 'Some nice rises today in the sheltered southern side of Longstone bank, fish taking on olive buzzer. As the rises stopped back to the intermediate and damsel nymph. Steady action all morning.'


Photos: Kevin Sellars

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.46

A sunny week keeping the fish down deep but plenty of catches from down deeper on a sinking line, or floating with sink tip.


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Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.50

Some sporadic hatches and rises at Fernworthy this week with anglers utilising various methods to convert to catches. Andrew Fulcher from Plymouth caught 7 'nice' brownies on a home-tied green bead head nymph and Sedgehog once the day started to warm up after a slow start, while Rodney Wevill from Launceston caught 5 on a scruffy tiger on floating line with long leader and medium retrieve.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.00

Less anglers out on Colliford this week than previously, but those who fished were rewarded with a respectable rod average with nearly a full bag each on average. Paul Mockford from St Wenn managed 8 brownies to 30cm on bibio and black nymph patterns, while Chris Tilyard from Fraddon braved the changeable Cornish weather to bag 4 browns: 'Cold with light northeast wind. Cloudy at first and then hail followed by snow! A few fish rising whenever the wind dropped and did manage to catch on dries.'



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.33



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford 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].




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!)