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.

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What a start at Kennick!

We opened Siblyback and Kennick on Friday 12 for season permit holders and it was great to see some hardy anglers braving the conditions!

The forecast for this week ahead is looking very good for fishing and we stocked a lot of fish into both the lakes so expect some cracking sport.

Burrator and Stithians open on 6 March for day tickets (5 March for season tickets).

Our brown trout waters open on 15 March – Roadford, Colliford, Fernworthy and Wistlandpound


Highlights of opening weekend were:

  • Kennick rod average of 6.6 fish per person despite the weather!
  • M Dadd 20 Rainbows from Kennick (19 returned)
  • John Rumbold’s 4 fish catch at Siblyback
  • Mike Herring had a 6 fish bag from Kennick on opening day from the bank



Permit rooms are closed until further notice. You can purchase day and season permits here or call 01566 771930.


Picture: John Rumbold’s Siblyback 2lb+ Rainbow


We have 4 boats available at Kennick and the two boats for Siblyback will be available soon.

To book a boat for Kennick please click here


A Stunning start for Kennick with superb fishing had by everyone.

Rod Average: 6.6

Best Locations: Clampitts, Forest Bay, Dam

Best Flies: Blue flash Damsel, Nomad, Orange blob, Tadpoles

Best Bag: 20 fish (19 returned) for Mr M Dadd

Best Fish: 2lb 12oz for Mike Malpas


Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Picture: Mike Herring’s first Kennick fish of the season at around the 2lb mark


The weather meant fishing Siblyback was tough over the first three days! We stocked over 700 fish so this next couple of weeks will be superb!

Rod Average: 1 fish per person

Best Locations: Stocky Bay

Best Flies: Damsels, Blobs

Best Fish: John Rumbold 2lb 4oz Rainbow

Best Bag: John Rumbold 4 Rainbows


Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here:

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


All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth