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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Last week’s fishing report for the Rainbow waters is below our lockdown fishing statement

Trout fishing statement:

SW Lakes Fishing during lockdown – Covering the period 5th November to 2nd December

Fantastic news…….our Rainbow trout fisheries can remain open but you must read and adhere to the information below which highlights the restrictions now in place so we can continue to fish.

  • You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.
  • Adhere to social distancing measures: Hand, Face and Space.
  • Competition fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown.
  • You can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Go local wherever possible
  • Boat fishing can continue and the boat fishing rules and regulations during covid-19 remain in place.

Please note:

Our fishing permit rooms are closed and day permits will only be available online from our website or from our office Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4:30pm on 01566 771930. You can buy a permit as far in advance of your fishing as you would like.


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

Kennick Bookings
Siblyback Bookings
Stithians Bookings
Burrator Bookings

Here’s what happened last week at the four Rainbow waters…….


A good weeks fishing at Kennick again. Matt Baines and Richard Berrisford tied for top rod with 9 fish apiece last week. Both anglers fished by boat with Richard fishing boat bay and using buzzers a foot off the bottom. His best fish was 3lb 4oz which was also the biggest of the week.

Boat fishing is the way to go at the moment with the majority of fish being caught from central waters, boat bay and the lawns.

For bank anglers the best spot has been Calmpitts Bay. The best flies last week were Buzzers, Damsels, Montanas and boobies.

There were also 10 Brownies caught last week which were released to fight another day.

We will have 4 boats available until the end of November and two boats available up to and including the 17th December.

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


Siblyback produced a superb 4lb Brownie last week to Stephen Pearce (picture below). Stephen also lost a Rainbow of a similar size! Terrific stuff.

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


The best fish last week was a 2lb 4oz Rainbow caught by Kevin Sellar from a boat on the 23rd of November by the waterfall. There were a few Rainbows caught but no brownies reported last week.

The best locations from the bank last week were Longstone Point and Sheepstor Dam and the best by boat was near the Waterfall. The most successful flies were a Damsel and a Woolly Bugger.

The 3 hour anytime ticket for just £13 is a great option if you only have a few hours of free time.

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.


Lots of action at Stithians last week as the fishing has really picked up this last couple of weeks.

– John Henderson had a terrific week catching plenty of fish! On one visit he caught 4 Rainbows using a sinking line with a small orange lure at the Dam using a Slow retrieve. He reports there were no fish showing but they were feeding deeper down. On another visit he had 4 Rainbows and a brown of 8oz . Caught and released on small orange lures fishing off the dam bank on a Sunny day with a NE wind in light ripple using a sink tip with slow retrieve.

– Graeme Clement had a good week with 6 rainbows over his three visits. Two sessions with 1 fish and one with 4. Successful flies for Graeme were his specials of ‘Wee Orange Nasty’ and ‘Red arsed black and blue blob’. Mossops was the best location for Graeme who’s best fish was 2lb 8oz.

– Nigel burley also had a good week with two visits producing 4 Rainbows and 2 browns caught from the North Bank, Sluice Bank and Pub Bay using a woolly bugger and boobies.

– Clive Pearce had some cracking sport at Stithians at the end of last week catching three Rainbows near the dam using a blue flash Damsel including one of 3lbs (picture below). The fish were all caught within 5 meters of the bank! Black Damsels were the best fly for Clive with a 9ft leader, floating line and figure of eight retrieve.

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


We have 4 boats available at Kennick and one at Siblyback.


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

Siblyback Boat Bookings
Kennick Boat Bookings: Kennick has 4 boats available and they have been fishing superb!

All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth – Head of Angling