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:

If you notice any incidents which may be of concern during your visit, including poaching, we would be very grateful if you could complete the short form at the following link, which will help us build a picture of incidents that impact on your fishing, enabling us to address them more effectively over time. Thank you.

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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.

This is a £2000 BEST OF THE BEST WATER - see our competition page for more details

CLICK HERE FOR AN ANGLERS' GUIDE TO BURRATOR RESERVOIR

     

   

Fishery Information

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

Season Dates: 6 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, self-service on site 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  

Float Tubing: View our Float Tubing Good Practise Guidelines

Permit Agents:
Self Service Onsite
Snowbee UK, Plympton. Tel: 01752 334933

FIND SEASON DATES AND PRICES HERE

Tuition

Dave Hoskin Tel: 01647 252 244 [email protected]www.dartmoorschoolofflyfishing.com

Richard Jackson Tel: 01647 246 65 [email protected]www.devonflyfisher.com

John Hern Tel: 01392 464917 [email protected]

Andy Watson Tel: 07587 219 213 [email protected] 

DS Fly Fishing: [email protected] dsflyfishing.co.uk

Latest Catch Reports:

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

SW Lakes Trout Fisheries Weekly Round Up - W/E 13 November

SW Lakes Trout Fisheries Weekly Round Up - W/E 6 December

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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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Facilities:

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