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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their bag limit. 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.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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.

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Complete your Catch Returns online here.

Please send any photos to [email protected].






Rod Average: 2.47

Chris Whiteman from Exeter caught a 2.5lb Rainbow Trout and 1.5lb Brown Trout on a Gold Head Blue Flash Damsel: 'Conditions: Overcast, NW breeze. I started the day fishing a floating line with 7.5 ft leader from Bracken Point with the breeze in my face as there were lots of fish in very close to the bank and surfacing slightly further out. I tried a few different flies (Hares ear nymph, Olive flash damsel, yellow foam blob), however I couldnt get them to take. I tried further down the bank as far as Hawthorn point, with no luck. After that, I decided to switch sides and fished the boat bank, the breeze had dropped to very light and there was more activity in the margins. I changed flies to a Blue Gold Head flash damsel and my second cast saw me into my first fish, 2.5lb rainbow. My fly was damaged, so switched to an Olive Ugly Bugger, but nothing took it. Staying on the Boat Bank, I later switched back to a fresh Blue Gold Head flash Damsel and had the most almighty take from a Brown! Must be one of the strongest fighting trout I've ever hooked and it was in immaculate condition, safely returned.'


To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



Rod Average: 1.43

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Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.10

A bright, sunny week for the most part with flat calm conditions and plenty of rises. Floating, and intermediate lines with sink tip did the trick paired with a quick retrieve, resulting in a respectable rod average of 2.10.


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: 3.32

Congratulations to Tony Chipman from Truro, who won the CAST club John Battensby Memorial Trophy with 5 rainbows ans 2 browns: 'Floating line 3 fly cast approx 15 feet long. 10lb Fluoro carbon. Daddy long legs top dropper (2fish) orange hopper (1 fish) middle dropper one fish each to Ptn and Psuedo. Point fly one fish (brown) to foam daddy and one ( brown) to stickleback imitation. Best rainbow 2-2 . Best brown approx 2lbs. Bag of 5 weighed 8lbs 14ozs. Slow figure of 8 retrieve with occasional pull. Biggest fish were caught close to bank and hit hard so 10lb leader is recommended! Lots of silk weed which is a pain as it clings to the flies and fly line. Wading is ok but soft mud in places so care needed. Bright Sun most of the day with light southerly wind. A few beetles about but not much going on to water. Sticklebacks in 3 of the killed fish along with a few beetles in one fish. Two fish has nothing obvious in them. Condition of fish good bar one thin one. The bigger brownie was in superb condition. I have sent photos of the bag and the big brownie fyi. Happy to win the CAST John Battensby memorial trophy today. '

For CAST club membership details, please contact Graeme Clements (CAST Club Treasurer) through their Facebook page:

 View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 4.20

An improvement on the previous week's zero with 21 trout caught this week for a rod average of 4.20. Fish were rising steadily and taking on the surface.

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Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 7.20

The fishing has started to pick back up this week, with fish rising in the late afternoon. Anglers fished on the surface with a slow retrieve for a rod average of 7.20.

 View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 0

No catch returns received from 7 day permits purchased.

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Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up: Grass snake swimming in the lake, 3 buzzards, dragonflies, kingfisher and dipper at Fernworthy;  Family of tufted ducks, Little Grebes, heron, fox, buzzard at Kennick; Osprey, heron, egret at Stithians.




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!)