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 South West Lakes Trust 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.

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3,500. Season tickets are available online. Day tickets are bookable through Catch. Download the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

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

SW Lakes Fishing Trust is managed by South West Lakes Trust.

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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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Bussow Reservoir, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AH

This peaceful 7 acre coarse fishery is placed close to the popular coastal resorts of St Ives and Penzance in Cornwall. 

Bussow has mirror and common carp to 32lbs with a handful of fish over 30lb and really good head of back up 20lb fish.

Bussow has been stocked with over 100 carp ranging from 3-25lbs in the last few years.

Mixed bags of up to 50lb can be expected made up of rudd to 1½ lb, roach to 2lbs and bream up to 7lbs.

Pole, waggler and feeder fishing can produce really good mixed sport for the pleasure angler.

Bussow is the only lake in our portfolio where you can drive round and park behind your swim



Fishery Information:

Address: Bussow Reservoir, near St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3AH

Fishery Size: 7 acres

Number of Swims: 12

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

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

Day Permits: Book through CatchDownload the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

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

Contact: 01209 860301

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 32lb
Mirror Carp: 31.06lb
Bream: 7lb
Perch: 2lb
Eel: 5lb
Roach: 2lb
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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Bussow Reservoir facilities include; car park and toilets and is a dog friendly fishery.