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.

Complete Form


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

Last weeks action………

Our first full week of fishing has passed at Kennick and Siblyback. The fishing was mixed last week as many anglers battled with the constant wind and rain!

The forecast this week is looking really nice – I expect the fishing to match the weather!

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 last week were:

  • Siblyback – Mr Hext caught 8 Rainbows in two visits to Siblyback to 3lb in size
  • Nigel Marshall caught 6 Rainbows in his visit to Siblyback
  • Forest Bay being extremely productive at Kennick
  • Tom Hendy caught a 3lb 1oz Rainbow from Kennick, the best so far this season


Picture: Leighton Carhart’s 3 fish catch from Siblyback last week….



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: 2.41 fish per person

Best Locations: Forest Bay and Lawns

Best Flies: Montanas, Tadpoles, Gold head damsels

Best Bag: 14 fish for B Sedgebeer

Best Fish: 3lb 1oz Rainbow for Tom Hendy


Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



The weather was pretty brutal at Siblyback, which made the fishing conditions hard. However, there was plenty of action and lots of fish hooked and lost and fish seen rising which is amazing in February given the weather!


Rod Average: 1.79 fish per person

Best Locations: Stocky Bay, West bank

Best Flies: Montanas, Woolly Bugger, Hothead

Best Fish: George Hext 3lb Rainbow

Best Bag: Nigel Marshall 6 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