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 14 March 2021


Permit rooms are closed until further notice. Please purchase your day and season permits here.

Or call 01566 771930.


Polite reminder: The catch and release limit is 10 fish per day – please can anglers ensure that they do not catch more than this. You're welcome to buy another ticket and continue fishing if you want to catch more than 10 in a day.


Highlights of last week were:

  • Siblyback rod average of over 4 fish per person!
  • Really consistent fishing at Kennick and Burrator with rod averages over 3 fish per person
  • 20% of Kennick anglers caught a full bag



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


Picture: Warden Kev has been hard at work getting Roadford boats ready for the season. Roadford is open for brown trout fishing on 15 March. Also, don’t forget Roadford is open for Perch fishing by boat only from the same date.


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


The fishing was really good last week with plenty of fish being caught all over the lake.

Polite reminder: the catch and release limit is 10 fish per day – please can anglers ensure that they do not catch more than this. Your welcome to buy another ticket and continue fishing if you want to catch more than 10 in a day.

Rod Average: 3.03 fish per person

Best Locations: Forest Bay, boat bay, oak tree point, Clampitts

Best Flies: Montanas, blobs, diawl bachs, booby’s, nomad

Best Bag: 12 Rainbows for Matt Baines


Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Really good fishing again last week at Siblyback and well worth a visit.

Rod Average: 4.28 fish per person

Best Locations: Stocky Bay

Best Flies: Montanas, Damsels, buzzers, cats whisker

Best Bag: Nigel Marshall 7 Rainbows


Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Consistent fishing at Burrator last week during its first full week.the boats were doing really well but fish were being caught close into the banks too.

Rod Average: 3.4 fish per person

Best Locations: Longstone, Discovery bank, Sheepstor bank, waterfall, pig trough bay

Best Flies: Montanas, nomad, Kennick killer, booby’s, blue flash damsel

Best Bag: Kevin Sellar 12 Rainbows (released)


Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here

Picture: Al Lawson’s beautiful brownie safely caught and released from Burrator


The weather was harsh at Stithians last week but there was some good fishing to be had.

Rod Average: 1.6 fish per person

Best Locations: Pub bay, Golden Lion point, Yellowort bay, sailing club, East side, Goonlaze, Carnmenellis Bank

Best Flies: Cats whisker, buzzers, orange blob, cormorant

Best Fish: Rob Stephens 2lb 15oz Rainbow


Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


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


All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth