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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What a year it has been – I hope this finds you safe, well and having spent plenty of time out fishing. I do feel that we have been very lucky to have as much fishing time as we have, considering a lot of other outdoor activities have not been permitted.

I will be sending out a pre-season newsletter in January 2021 with all of the plans for each fishery as we hopefully look forward to a full season of angling. I can assure you we are working hard to improve each and every fishery for your enjoyment next season and I want to thank you for supporting our fisheries during this challenging year.

I wish you an enjoyable and safe Christmas.

Ben Smeeth – Head of Angling

Gooding Glory at Penninisula Classic

Andy Gooding won the Peninsula Classic at Kennick for the fourth year running. Andy’s five Rainbows for 10lb 5oz were enough for him to win a 2021 season permit. Runner up was John Huckings and third was Darren Penfold.




Thank you for everyone’s feedback regarding the quality and power of the fish we have stocked into Kennick this season. The stocking of Rainbows at the minimum of 2lbs in size has been really popular with many anglers commenting they have been stripped to the backing on several occasions!

Rainbows for Christmas!

We are keeping our Rainbow waters open until Christmas. They will close on the 24th of December.

Permits are available for Kennick, Stithians, Burrator and Siblyback from our website.

The permit rooms are closed until further notice.

Rainbow Round Up

Siblyback and Burrator were absolutely outstanding in the first half of the season. Paul Lee and his daughter caught over 60 Rainbows to his boat in a day at Burrator and Kevin Sellar caught a superb wild 4lb brown!

Siblyback produced some great fishing with George Hext catching the best Rainbow at 8lb 4oz. Stithians was shut during the Hawthorn hatch which always provides the best fishing each year so fingers crossed we are open in 2021 so anglers can take advantage of the feeding frenzy!

Brownies – Roadford at its best

After a very slow start to the season, Roadford was absolutely spectacular for the last few months! The final week of the season produced 100 brownies to 3lbs for just 11 anglers!

Colliford and Roadford produced multiple fish over 2lbs and both fisheries showed signs of returning to the fantastic fishing from many years ago! Definitely worth wetting a fly at both in 2021 and the value of the Castabout season ticket which covers Roadford, Colliford and Fernworthy is indisputable at just over £200 for the whole season.

2021 Pricing and Dates

Great news – our prices will be staying the same for the 2021 season! Season permits are available now and can be purchased as Christmas presents for friends and family.

The 2021 season dates are as follows:

Kennick and Siblyback – 13 February
Stithians and Burrator – 6 March

Season ticket holders for the Rainbow waters can fish one day earlier than day ticket anglers.

Roadford, Colliford, Fernworthy and Wistlandpound – 15 March