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. 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 may be pre-booked and we advise calling in advance to check availability at each fishery.

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 four competitions during the season with two singles, one pairs and one team of four competition. 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.

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Permit rooms are closed until further notice. Please purchase your day and season permits here or call one of our team 01566 771930.

Reminders & Requests

  • Please send me any photos of your catches, flies, lakes or any nature or wildlife pictures that we could utilise for press articles or social media posting.
  • 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 asked that all angler 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!) 

Highlights from the week:

Despite trickier weather conditions, lots of fun was had and some great fish landed- in some cases during snow! Lots of surface action spotted and again, it’s great to hear of the social side of fishing being enjoyed, especially at the moment.

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.

  • Rodney W had a 3.1lb Brownie at Fernworthy
  • M Sinclair had 12 rainbows
  • Fishing in the snow and hail!
  • Anglers enjoyed seeing the swallows feeding and enjoying the hatches


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.



(Stocking this week of 300 rainbows of up to 4lbs)

A slightly quieter week, with very variable weather (snow included!) but still some absolutely brilliant days for many anglers on both bank and boat. Lots of fish seen, some evading the catch and many fish being taken in the mornings and later in the afternoons. Some of the highlights - Malcolm U had 10 fish up to 2.5lbs and, in his own words, had a 'cracking session'. John H had 4 lovely rainbows, Geoffrey P had 6 rainbows up to 2lbs and Mike M had a beautiful rainbow, 2.5lbs on a size 12 damsel.

Bryan S also landed 4 rainbows on an evening session after 6.00pm, William B managed 1 rainbow and 1 brown, each weighing 2lbs and over, Richard B had 5 rainbows from the boat up to 2lbs 10oz and Andy W had 6 rainbows off the bank and in the face of tricky and windy weather.

Graeme R had a lovely fish and was also nice to hear of the camaraderie on the bank, a great way to socialise at a distance, and Simon V with 9 fish in the 2-3lb bracket. 2.33 rod average.

Just a polite reminder - can all boat users be mindful of the distance they are from other anglers to ensure enjoyment for all. Many thanks.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



A busy week, some sessions proving tricky but also lots of conversions. Stocky Bay and Two Meadows were popular locations. C Norden had 4 rainbows and 1 blue, Adam S landed 5 cracking rainbows up to 2.5lbs, Andy C had 4 4 rainbows up to 2lbs and Oliver H had 2 lovely fish- a rainbow up top 2.5lbs and a 1lb blue. Rod average of 1.4.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Another busy week, particularly on the bank, and also lots of fish showing but proving difficult to convert at times. Some successful evening sessions with lots of small emergers spotted. A real mixture of weather but temperatures mostly cold throughout.

Some highlights this week:  P. Murphy- rainbows to 1lb, Maurice H - 4 lovely fish up to 1lb, Mick D- 8 fish, a mixture of rainbows and browns up to nearly 2lbs, David H with a great rainbow of 2lb on a blue flash damsel, Nicolas T with 2 lovely rainbows of up to 3lbs, Graeme T with 6 rainbow up to 2lb at Longstone and followed up by a session later in the week with another 3 fish, and M. Sinclair with 12 rainbows up to 1.5lbs. 3.71 rod average.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Great fishing this week, particularly in the afternoon and heading into the evening when fish were spotted fishing in earnest (as were the swallows, enjoying the buzzer hatches!) Results included - Simon P took 2 rainbows and a brown, Phillip L had 4 lovely rainbows on Orange Nomads, Daniel W had a great little brownie and Graeme R had a rainbow and brown both around a 1lb. Rod average of 1.9.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Some fantastic fishing despite challenging weather conditions through the week. Lots of surface activity and fish taken on the surface too, success with varied techniques and slow figure of 8 retrieve useful for wets. Kevin P had 10 lovely brownies whilst float tubing using Sedgehogs, John E had 2 browns up to 1 3/4lbs on shrimp patterns and black and silver wets . Rodney W had a great session, with one of his browns coming in at over 3lbs. 3 fish rod average.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Lots of surface activity noted this week, with natural patterns working very well, especially in the early evenings.  Cheryl D had a lovely 1lb fish as did Gary B on red shrimp. Chris R had 4 great browns and Michael S had 7. Lots of other fish spotted and water around 11 degrees. 3.2 rod average.


Chris B – Colliford in March

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Very lightly fished this week, but Andy W had a lovely brown of 1.5lb with lots of other activity during the session and trout favouring the deeper water. 1.5 fish rod average.

*Below an image photo a Brown Trout with adipose removed as part of the project study on Roadford. Please record and send any details of these Brown Trout caught.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


NEWS……here is our 2021 pre-season trout fishing newsletter


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

Tight lines!