Coarse Fishing

Our coarse fisheries include over 275 acres of water with fisheries ranging in size from 2 to 81 acres. Our established lakes are located in outstandingly beautiful and secluded rural areas across the South West.

At SW Lakes Fishing we offer more than just great angling, our unique fisheries are matched with a recognised reputation for great fish quality. Enjoy the tranquility that our waters provide with established tree-lined banks, lily pads and weed beds with natural woodlands surrounding the lakes. Our coarse fisheries offer a peaceful setting within picturesque and wildlife-rich surroundings.

Please note at this time our Permit Rooms are closed. Season and Day Permits are available online or by calling 01566 771930 only

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3500. You can book your day or 24 hour tickets, which are available year-round via our online booking system. Season permits are available on 01566 771930.

Facilities include onsite cafes, parking, toilets, showers, wheelchair access platforms, on-site permit rooms and easy access paths and swims.

SW Lakes Fishing is managed by South West Lakes.

Reporting an Incident:

South West Lakes 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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Argal Reservoir, Penryn, Cornwall TR11 5PE 

Located on the outskirts of Penryn in Cornwall, Argal Reservoir has a National reputation for being one of the leading fisheries in the South West with many of the carp having been re-located from the prolific College Reservoir many years ago.

Argal is home to carp to 40lbs, pike to 25lbs, bream to 15lb, perch to 3lb and quality roach and rudd. Carp have gone to nearly 43lbs in the past. The most sought after carp is ‘The Secret’ which is usually caught around 40lbs in weight. There is a large head of big bream with an average size well over 5lbs. Pleasure anglers’ nets of 75-150lb in a day are not uncommon.

The pike fishing is winter only from 1 October to 29 February.

Re-stocking - The water has been re-stocked in recent years with carp to over 30lbs. The lake also has a café, public lavatories including provision for disabled visitors, a children's play area and picnic tables. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing platform located below the car park

Argal Access

Please can all anglers ensure that they do not use the lane access at the top end of Argal between 8.30pm and 8.30am. It is a permissive path and the owners will be locking the gate overnight. Please respect the owner's privacy and do not park directly outside the property or in front of the gate. If these rules are not adhered to then access will be permanently closed.



Fishery Information

Address: Argal Reservoir, near Penryn, Cornwall, TR11 5PE

Fishery Size: 65 acres

Number of Swims: 25

Species: Carp, pike, tench, bream, roach, rudd, perch, eels

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

Day Permits:  Available online or by calling South West Lakes on 01566 771930

Season Permits: Available online or by calling South West Lakes on 01566 771930

Contact: 01566 771930

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Venue Records

Common Carp: 39.14lb
Mirror Carp: 40lb 2oz – Wayne Bateman March 2020
Bream: 14lb
Pike: 24lb
Perch: 3lb
Eel: 5lb
Roach: 3lb
Rudd: 1lb



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Whenever you leave the lakes, remember to Check, Clean, Dry

Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish. Protect the environment and sport you enjoy by cleaning your kit before and after using the water.

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Argal Reservoir facilities include; cafe, wheelchair friendly access, car park, toilet, showers and is a dog friendly fishery.