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


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.

Bag, Catch & Release limits:

Rainbow Trout - Bag Limit is 5 fish. Catch & Release limit is 10 fish per day – we would kindly asked 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!) 


Highlights from last week:

First and foremost, I would like to say a big thanks to all the anglers, bailiffs, volunteers and clubs for the warm welcomes I have received -  it’s been great and l have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you and look forward to doing more of the same! Secondly, I would like to say a huge thanks for the quality and sheer numbers of catch returns that have been submitted online – This really helps in our charitable goals and objectives while continuing to improve our angler experience at all of our fisheries.

Wow, what a week to be out on the water:

Some great sessions across the venues this week- warmer weather and increasing surface action with lots of hatches on display. Nice to hear of anglers enjoying the surroundings and seeing the first swallows of the season.

  • Some beautiful fish, including a 4.25lb rainbow at Kennick
  • Morning and Evening sessions proving very successful again and also a fantastic time to see the emerging wildlife



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.




Photo 1: Mike H – Your boat buddy is looking pretty chilled out!

Photo 2: From Malcolm U

Photo 3: From: Mike H


Kennick Weekly Overview:

A great deal of lovely sessions this week for many, including Roy R  - 9 Rainbows up to 3.25lb, Alan R, J Somers, R Harvey, Nigel R all busy sessions with Rainbows up to 2.25lb, Adrian R and Malcolm U with buttery brownies to 1lb, Geoff V - 3 lovely Rainbow to 3.5lbs all returned. Washing lines hung with Buzzers and boobies also producing good results, faithful blue flash damsels and fritzs, and lovely to see some fish coming to some dries including Appetisers. Great activity seen and action had close to the many drop offs and submerged stone ledges. Rod Average of 2.9 per angler.

Just a polite reminder- can all boat users be mindful of the distance they are from other anglers to ensure enjoyment for all. Many thanks.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



Siblyback Weekly Overview:

Very much a busy week at Siblyback, producing some excellent sport! Some particularly busy sessions and too many to mention all of them here, but a few names include Michael S - 7 Rainbows, Adam P - 4 fish to 2.25lbs, John S - 4 Fish upto 2lbs, Paul E- quick 1-2hrs session and 2.5lb Rainbow, Gary P - 7 Fish upto 2.25lb, Simon W with another 7 Rainbows upto 2lbs and Andy D with a lovely Blue Trout. C Hurford had 2 Blues coming to Montanas, and another busy few sessions from Andy and Alan L with beautiful photos and video with 8+ Rainbow and an absolute superbly marked Brownie of around 2lb. Rod Average of 2.3 per angler with Stocky Bay proving very popular.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Burrator Weekly Overview:

A busy and productive week on both bank and boat. Lots of fish showing, quite preoccupied with naturals, lots of rising to take buzzers, long leaders proving successful. Great session for Geoff V with several fish to 1.5lb, Nigel E again similar, Graeme T had a couple of busy sessions with 10+ Rainbows and a cracking 1lb brownie to a mixture of steady roly poly, steady retrieves with lots of great action and making the most of a windy day and choppy water. Nice work! Alan L had another lovely session with 10 Rainbows and 2 Brownies to 10" all on boat. Rod Average of 3.4 per angler


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Stithians Weekly Overview:

A busier week with some great action as thing start to warm up with some enjoyable sessions for many anglers. Most fish this week were taken fairly deep and very slow retrieves. John H - 9 Rainbows up to 2lbs, Richard B - 4 Rainbow and 1 colourful Brownie. It was lovely to hear that some anglers enjoyed seeing their first swallows of the season and some lovely sunny days on the bankside. Rod Average of 2.1 per angler


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here




“returned it without weighing and, at the time, we estimated it to be around 3lbs but it measured 55cms and looking at brown trout size charts since, the indications are that it could have weighed even more as it was broad, deep and in excellent condition. It took a mini goldhead montana #12 off Farmhouse Bank and put up a terrific fight.”

Fernworthy Weekly Overview:

Some nice cold but bright days, the water offering lots of rises through the sessions, quite far out and along the margins, lots of refusals on the dries. Some great sessions had including Matt B 3 fish up to 3lbs, 55cm on a goldhead Montana at Farmhouse bank that put up a cracking fight, Dave O from Bath had some lovely fish, Gary s 4 Browns up to 1lb, Louise H a beautiful fish at 10 inches on a s12 Bibio, lots of 7-10” making some great sport! Rod Average of 1.7 per angler.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Photo from: Chris B – Colliford in March


Colliford Weekly Overview:

Mornings and Evenings seemed to offer some great fishing this week, with plenty of surface action on some bright but very still days. Frank F - 7 Fish all quite lean for the time of year, Christine C - 2 on Mayfly and Beetles, Paul M - Lovely Brown and also a Carp, David M - 6 Fish, Stephen B - 5 Brownies, Robert D - 5 Fish, Michael S - 3 Fish to Bibio Hoppers,  Chris T - 2 Nice fish, Ian S 3 Nice Brownies all to Bristol Hoppers. Rod average of 2.6 per angler.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Roadford Weekly Overview:

Some nice sessions, particularly during late afternoons in the sheltered bay areas. Some of the highlights were- Raymond T - Lovely Brown trout to 17" and 1.75lb, Nick F with another brownie to a little over 1.25lb, few perch to 0.75lb. Rod average of 2.6


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!