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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their 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 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.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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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Burrator Reservoir, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6PE 

On the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the trout fishery at Burrator is one of the most tranquil and picturesque natural angling venues in the South West. The area comprises a unique combination of striking tors, open moorland, history and wildlife – from a nature reserve to the remains of the Princetown Railway. Expect impressive views and a fantastic range of flora and fauna!

Fishing is available from bank or boat. Fly fishing from the bank is for stocked rainbow trout. There is a good head of natural brown trout to 4lbs which are catch and release only.

There are two fishing boats which are managed by the Burrator Fly Fishers and can only be used by club members. To join the club or for more information, please email [email protected], visit the website, or follow the club on Facebook.




Fishery Information

Address: Burrator Reservoir, Near Yelverton, Devon PL20 6PE

Season Dates: 3 March – 30 November

Fishery Record: 13lb 6oz Rainbow in 2018

Species: Stocked Rainbow Trout and Wild Brown Trout (catch and release on brown trout)

Methods: Fly fishing only

Fishery size: 150 acres

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

Evening Permits: Available from 3.00pm in April, September and October, 4.00pm in May and August and 5.00pm in June and July.

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

Boat Fishing: contact Burrator Fly Fishers Association. Please note that you will need to attend a boat safety and induction talk before you can use a fishing boat on our waters. Upcoming dates can be found on our Facebook page and inductions will be available via an online video in due course. 

Float Tubing: View our Float Tubing Good Practise Guidelines

Click here for the trout fishing rules



Dave Hoskin Tel: 01647 252 244 [email protected]

Richard Jackson Tel: 01647 246 65 [email protected]

John Hern Tel: 01392 464917 [email protected]

Andy Watson Tel: 07587 219 213 [email protected] 

DS Fly Fishing: [email protected]

Latest Catch Reports:

These catch reports are only possible if you fill in a catch return





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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.

Find out more here


Burrator is a wheelchair friendly fishery. Facilities include a car park and toilets.