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 Trust.

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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Reviewed and updated: 25 February 2021

In light of the updated position of the Government with regard to fishing, our season permit holders and day ticket holders are able to continue to day fish our waters. This is limited to your local fishery and anglers should abide by the Government national lockdown restrictions.

We are awaiting guidance from national governing bodies with regards to particular activities, including overnight fishing - please bear with us whilst we await these details. We will update our social media and website when we have further information.

Anglers please note

  • Fishing is only permitted from dawn until dusk: No night fishing
  • Permits are only available to purchase online 
  • Permit availability will be reduced if necessary in order to control numbers
  • Local has been defined as staying within your village, town or the part of a city where you live. Please follow this guidance and do not travel to the lake if it is not local to where you live.

The Angling Trust has produced guidance which can be accessed on their website https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/. This guidance must be adhered to at all time, in short:

- This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May
- We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
- The government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
- Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
- The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
- To remain within the law you should follow the government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.


This is going to be a very difficult period for everybody but as anglers, we must recognise that we are extremely fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do.

Please continue to stay safe, stay alert and control the virus.

Below is further guidance published on 10 September 2020

Updated: 10 September 2020
Reviewed and updated: 6 November 2020

Prior to every fishing trip, it is essential that you check the information on this page to ensure that you are up to date with relevant site information, rules and regulations.

Safeguarding our visitors and team of employees is our priority and therefore we have certain measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus and maintain the safety of everyone. Please respect our team; they are doing their best to keep you safe during your visit.

Whilst open, we must maintain social distancing and hygiene standards to a level that we feel minimises the risk of spreading coronavirus. If at any point we have concerns that visitor numbers or public behaviour are restricting our ability to do this, we reserve the right to close particular lakes or facilities without prior notice.

Following these instructions will help us to keep our visitors and our team safe and enable our gates to stay open.

Lake Information, Rules and Regulations

If you have a new, persistent cough, temperature or any other reason to suspect you may have coronavirus, please do not visit and help save lives.

Limited toilet facilities are open, a hand sanitiser is available at each location however, we do recommend that you bring your own sanitiser if possible.

Night fishing is permitted under Angling Trust guidance. 

Social distancing; please maintain 2 metres distance between yourself and others at all times

We do not actively clean furniture such as benches; only use if absolutely necessary

All fishery rules and regulations available on our website and the notice board still apply with the additional rules below as recommended by the Angling Trust:

• Fishing and sharing of swims must be undertaken on current measures i.e. individually, within your household or support bubble or with one other person.
• No sharing of fishing tackle or any other items
• No angler to fish within 2 metres of any other angler
• Bring disposable gloves and anti-bacterial hand sanitiser to use when handling gates, locks and other surfaces that anglers come into contact with
• When parking please leave at least 2m in between cars
• You need to purchase your fishing permits through our website or by calling 01566 771930

Thank you for your support at this time