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 ask 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!) 



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.


Highlights from the week:

Some great angling across the venues this week, despite changeable weather conditions ending with the Kennick Pairs on Sunday 2 May.


Kennick Pairs Competitions & Results Summary

It was a lovely bright sunny day for the start of 2021 Kennick Bank Pairs on Sunday, fairly calm throughout the session with the wind picking up late afternoon. Four teams competed with three teams managing full bags with a total of 32 rainbows caught. Read the full report here. 

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.



Thanks to Mike Herring for the following report and photos:

The fields near Kennick were still white with frost when I arrived at 8.30, but in the sun and cloudless skies, the temperature had lifted to 6C. All the boats were out and, by the time I packed up at 11.50, there were also four bank anglers.

Malcolm U was doing well in Kennick Bay on a floating line with buzzers, fished almost static. He had his first seven in no time at all!

Heavy showers were forecast, During the morning clouds were bubbling up and just as I was leaving at 1240 it started to rain, or sleet, or hail, so I got away dry.

I caught six, returning two of them. All hard fighting rainbows. One under 2lbs, the other five 2lb or over. The fly was a small orange shrimp, fished slowly on the bottom. Boat Bay and out to the middle was good. Apart from one excursion down to Outer Clampitts, I hung around  there, ready to make a dash for shelter, should there be one of the forecast cloudbursts.

A stocking took place at approx 11am. Over 300.

Some photos below. Tom, Malcolm (playing a rainbow), the other boat with two aboard, and the last one of Mark seeming to be about to test chest waders off the dam!! Later he filled the water tanks by the lodge, using the brand new Honda pump! I hope he didn't suck up any of the mass of tadpoles near the shore!

Sunday looks to be about the best day for a bit, so Hil is venturing out with me at long last! A boat is booked.

Kennick Weekly Overview:

Stocking of 300 rainbow up to 3.5lb

Rod Average: 3.7

Fish have been reported as being found at depth this week, with very little surface action. There have been some great days fishing with techniques being varied according to conditions. Andrew G had 10 rainbows, David B had multiple rainbows to 4lbs on more than one occasion, Mike and Hilary Herring enjoyed their day boat fishing, getting 5 rainbows. Mike has kindly written accounts of both that day and another great day spent on the water which is above. Malcolm U had 9 rainbows and 2 browns, Simon F had 6 rainbows with a bag weight of 13lbs 8oz.


View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



An excellent week with plenty of healthy competitions with the first a report from the previous week from Mick Dodkins (SFFA Siblyback Flyfishers) their first monthly competition. Thanks Mick for the great report. In addition Siblyback held the Snowbee 4 Team Competition on Sunday


Siblyback Weekly Overview:

Rod Average: 3.4

Some absolutely cracking sessions this week, despite cold and blustery conditions. Tim S found a sheltered spot and landed 7 fish with the largest at over 4lbs, Phil M-R got 6 fish to 2lbs 9oz and said “what an excellent day. I have never been standing in amongst so many fish”. Mark G got 8 rainbow despite it being a very windy day and had a “cracking afternoon”. John H had 5 rainbow to 2.25lbs. Andy D had 6 fish to 2lbs and included a nice blue at 1.5lbs.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Stocking of 635 rainbow up to 3.5lb

Rod Average: 4.4

Changeable conditions this week but Anglers enjoying some great fishing when finding the right moment- Benjamin L landed 11 rainbows with the largest being 4lbs. Stuart R made his first visit to Burrator and said he will be back again soon after managing 11 rainbow to 3lbs. Gary S had 6 rainbows and 1 brownie. A nice report from Allan L who said he had “a great days sport, saw a lot of fish rising to the buzzer hatch during warm spells” and got 7 rainbows to 2lbs. Andy L had 7 rainbows and 1 brown in a “four seasons all in one kind of day”.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 3

A great week, with some quality catch returns offering excellent info about the Angling. A big well done to 7 year old Finley C who landed 2 rainbows, we will look forward to hearing about your next trip. John H had 10 rainbows to 2lbs, Nigel B had 8 rainbow to 2lbs, Graeme C had 5 rainbows, Clive P got 8 rainbow in just a 2 hr evening session, G Antcliff had 2 nice blues on bibio.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 3.0

The fish have appeared to be less active this week, and hatches spotted only sporadically, but Tim L, Chris M and Gordon C managed 3 browns each with Gavin P getting 9.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.4

Some enjoyable sessions noted this week- Rodney Dibble had 5 browns, John Little got a lovely 1lb brown on his first time fishing- a great start! Paul M had two “beautiful fish” one to 17 inches, Chris B had three “superbly conditioned fish” to 2lbs and Alan J had three browns. Like most locations this week it was a case of contending with very changeable weather.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average 3

Great news for Roadford Nick F reported the first Brown Trout with its removed Adipose fin clipped to be caught one of 4 fish to 10” during his session all returned healthy and fighting fit. Great to see and look forward seeing more throughout the season! 

Generally not a busy week on the water, however some of the Anglers who fished were rewarded with great totals. Duncan K had 6 brownies, Gary S managed 12 brownies to 1.5lbs and G Tyson 3 brownies coming in at up to 1lb 10oz. 


*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!