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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Week ending 13th December 2020

There was still some good fishing to be had last week. It’s looking pretty mild the week ahead so a great time to wet a line before we close our Rainbow waters on the 24th of December.

If you would like to buy a season permit for 2021 or would like to buy one for a friend or family member for Christmas please call Charley at our office and she will help you do that on 01566 771930.


With permit rooms being closed you can get your permits here for each lake:

Kennick Bookings
Siblyback Bookings
Stithians Bookings
Burrator Bookings

Don’t forget if you only have a few hours to fish our 3 hour anytime ticket is available for the four Rainbow waters until we close on 24th of December.


We stocked again last week for the last time this season. Just under 300 more Rainbows of 2lb+.

Matt Baines was top rod last week with 5 Rainbows from his float tube using a cormorant fly in boat bay. Matt’s best fish weighed 3lb 3oz.

Alan Judd caught three up to 3lb 2oz and lost four or five fish using a Coral booby all of which were released.

Boat and bank anglers caught fish last week but a lot of fish do seem to be in deep water so taking a boat could give you a bit of an advantage. Boats are only available until the 17th.

Below: Alan Judd’s 3lb+ Rainbow and a scenic shot of the lake

We have four boats available up to and including the 17th of December.

Check out the Kennick fishing map here.
The Kennick fishing guide is here.


No returns completed for Siblyback last week as the fishing has remained really quiet.

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here.
Check out our Siblyback fishing map here.


No returns from Burrator last week but good luck if you do visit during the week ahead.

If you fancy fishing by boat you need to become a member of the Burrator Fly fishers association.

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here.
Check out our Burrator fishing map here.


Only a couple of returns received for Stithians last week which were both Nil. There was a really good fish lost at the net though which is a real shame. There has been some really nice fishing the last few weeks so im expecting some more Rainbows to be caught before we close on the 24th.

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here
Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Here are the links to book a boat which can only be done online or by calling our office on 01566 771930.

Kennick Boat Bookings - Kennick has 4 boats available

All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth – Head of Angling