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.

Clubs

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.

Complete Form

The £2000 Best of the Best trout fishing competition should be on every angler's radar. Whether you are a pleasure angler or a competitive angler, everyone has a change to win big and claim the reputation as the best around. It is, without a doubt, the biggest prize fund in the trout angling calendar. 

1st Prize – £1000 cash
2nd Prize – £400 cash
3rd Prize – £250 cash
Biggest Fish (not finishing in top 3) – £200 cash
1st Blind Pairs (drawn on the day) – £100 cash
2nd Blind Pairs (drawn on the day) – £50 cash

How to qualify for the final:

There are 6 bank fishing heats with a maximum of 12 anglers per heat – the top 6 anglers in each heat qualify for the final.

Heat Dates:

Kennick – 17 April 

Burrator – 8 May (cancelled)

Siblyback – 15 May

Siblyback – 29 May

Burrator - 18 September

Kennick - 25 September

Kennick – 2 October

Final:

There will be 36 anglers in the bank fishing final at Kennick on 17 October 2021.

Rules:

Click here to view the Best of the Best 2021 rules and information.

Snowbee to Sponsor SWLT ‘Best of the Best’ again in 2021.

With Snowbee UK being based in the South West of England and surrounded on all sides by superb scenery and fishing, we are delighted to be supporting the SWLT ‘Best of the Best’ Competition for 2021. The changes to this years competition and having 6 heats on all the Trusts premier waters will make for a really great competition. This fantastic event is the premier competition in the UK and with £2000 in prize money generously donated by the Trust as well as all the prizes we sponsor it’s the biggest and best around! Its fished across the range of the West country’s most spectacular venues, there is a real chance of any angler sharing a substantial prize especially with the new format. We are really keen to help as many anglers as possible enjoy and be more successful in their fishing all season long, whatever their experience, so this makes for a great association for us too.”

Simon Kidd, Sales and Marketing Manager at Snowbee 

Qualifiers: 

Name  Fish Size Lake
Andy Watson 6 fish (11lb 13oz) Kennick
Andy Gooding  6 fish (10lb 14oz) Kennick
Andrew Willoughby  5 fish (10lb 10oz) Kennick
Alex Venn 6 fish (10lb 9oz) Kennick
John Huckings  4 fish (9lb 8oz) including a best of the session at 3lb 1oz Kennick
John Hern 5 fish (8lb 5oz) Kennick
Nik Tomkins 6 fish (7lb 10oz) Siblyback
Ron Wilday 5 fish (5lb 10oz) Siblyback
Dave Cook 3 fish (4lb 7oz) Siblyback
Keith Burnett  3 fish (4lb 4oz) Siblyback
Paul Jones 3 fish (4lb 4oz) Siblyback
Rodney Wevill  2 fish (2lb 11oz) Siblyback
Peter Phillips 5 fish (1lb 14oz) Siblyback
Stephen Retallick 4 fish (2lbs 2oz) Siblyback
Dave Perks 2 fish (1lb 15oz) Siblyback

Ben Smeeth, Angling Lead for South West Lakes Trust commented ‘the Best of the Best is an outstanding competition which is gaining in popularity. Not only is it the biggest in prize money but it provides a chance for anglers of all abilities to win some serious money at our final. There will be potentially 8 anglers winning from £100 to £1000 at this years final and at least another 10 anglers winning prizes! The final itself, at Kennick, is a fantastic venue for the event and I am really looking forward to it.

For more details contact Ben on 01566 771930 or email [email protected].