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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I hope you’re all safe and well and getting through this pandemic. The good news is we are open up to and including Christmas Eve!

If you would like to buy a season permit for 2021 or would like to buy one for a friend or family member for Christmas please call Charley at our office and she will help you do that on 01566 771930.


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

Kennick Bookings
Siblyback Bookings
Stithians Bookings
Burrator Bookings

Don’t forget if you only have a few hours to fish our 3 hour anytime ticket is available for the four Rainbow waters until we close on 24 December.

Stithians led the way last week with some lovely fishing enjoyed by those who visited.


We are stocking Kennick again later this week (10th or 11th).

Last week Mr D Marles was top rod with 7 fish from his boat over central waters. The best fish being 3lb 1oz. Cormorant and Damsel nymphs were the best flies last week.

Kennick is looking stunning at the moment:

NEWS – We have four boats available up to and including the 17 December.

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


No returns completed for Siblyback last week so nothing to report.

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

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


Only a couple of returns received from Burrator last week with one Rainbow recorded. I recommend a Blue Flash Damsels which always seems to work when all else fails! Its looking like some more mild weather and some rain later this week so a good time to have a go at Burrator before we close on 24th December.

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.


After a really good week of fishing the previous week – it continued at Stithians last week.

  • John Henderson and Warren Chegwidden both had some lovely fishing with John landing a 3lb Rainbow using a dinner lad fly and Warren’s best being 1lb 12oz using a Diawl Bach. Both anglers had another fish each and missed a few on a beautiful day at the lake (pics below).
  • Graeme Clement was in fine form again with two Rainbows from the sailing club bank using a wee orange nasty fly.
  • Robert Verran also had a Rainbow off the moor area of the lake (not quite sure where this is but I’m sure you will if you know Stithians well)


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