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.

Send in your catch report 

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

Click here for game fishing

Christchurch Harbour, Lower Avon, Stour and Claypool offers some of the best coarse fishing in Dorset.

Coarse fish are found in large numbers with roach and dace offering quality sport in winter.

Large pike are found above and around Tuckton Bridge and carp up to 30lb in weight are caught along the towpath and bandstand area.

South West Lakes manage the area from Knapp Mill to the confluence of the two lower sections of the Avon. The Lower Avon and Lower Stour together with two thirds of Christchurch Harbour are also managed by the Bournemouth Team of South West Lakes. The boundary of the Royalty Moorings is marked by yellow buoys in the harbour.

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

Season tickets can be purchased either online or from Davis Tackle,75 Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QE, telephone 01202 485169.

Fishery Information:

Please note: Throop Fishery to Tuckton Bridge – RDAA members only. To find out more visit

Species: Carp, Roach, Dace, Pike

Boat Fishing from Tuckton Bridge to the boundary only by season ticket available either online, from the Bournemouth Team of South West Lakes on 01202 581411, or from Davis Tackle, 75 Bargates, Christchurch.

Season tickets cover a calendar year: 1 January – 31 December.

Contact: 01202 581411

Click here for Christchurch Harbour and South West Water Rules

Click here for the Lower Stour and Harbour Prices and Application Form

Fishery Times:

No coarse fishing between 15th March and 15th June

Boat Day Ticket: 24 hours from 7:30am

Bankside Day Ticket: 7:30am to sunset

Bankside Day Ticket: 24 hours from 7:30am

Bankside Game Day Ticket: 7:30am to sunset


Season Tickets

Fishing from bank (single person): £90
Boat Fishing (single person): £90
Boat Fishing (two persons): £157
Boat/Bank Fishing (single person): £157
Boat/Bank fishing (two persons): £314

Season tickets cover a calendar year: 1 January – 31 December

Boat Day Ticket (single person, 24 hours from 7:30am): £18
Boat Day Ticket (two persons, 24 hours from 7:30am): £29
Bankside Day Ticket (single person, 7:30am to sunset): £11.50
Bankside Day Ticket (single person, 24 hours from 7:30am): £18
Bankside Game Day Ticket (single person, 7:30am to sunset): £21

Children under 14 can fish free of charge but must get a free ticket from Davis Tackle and must be accompanied by a paying adult.

(No Concessions on all day tickets. No weekly tickets available)


Searching Availability...

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


Local facilities available within the Christchurch area include: toilets, pay and display car parking, disabled access, local shops and cafes.