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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Colliford Lake, near Bodmin, Cornwall PL14 6PZ

Colliford Lake is Cornwall’s largest inland water, offering an ideal spot to enjoy the peace and serenity of Bodmin Moor’s rugged countryside landscape – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Enjoy breathtaking views of this beautiful area of moorland, which is also the location of a nature reserve and an important site for birdlife.  

This Cornish brown trout fishery offers traditional fly fishing for wild and stocked trout. Grown-on fish of over 2lb are caught frequently, with fish up to 5lb caught occasionally. The largest fish recorded is a 9lb 8oz Brown caught in 2018.

Fishing is from the bank only and wading is not advised. Traditional fly patterns such as sedge patterns, soldier palmer, hoppers, and bibios work well but keep an eye out for the big browns chasing fry – this can be explosive sport. Fish the margins and walk the banks to cover as much water as possible.

‘Catch and release' is possible but barbless hooks must be used, otherwise up to 4 fish over 10" may be taken in a day.

Why not try our special ‘Castabout’ season permit which covers all our Brown Trout waters (Fernworthy, Roadford, Colliford and Wistlandpound)?



Please be aware the car parks around Colliford Lake have height restriction barriers of 2m protecting them. If you plan to visit and your vehicle is taller than this, please park sensibly using one of the many pull-ins off the road


Fishery Information

Address: Colliford Lake, Near Bodmin, Cornwall. PL14 6PZ

Season Dates: 15 March – 12 October

Species: Brown Trout (fly fishing only)

Day Permits: Available online or on 01566 771930

Season Permits: Available online or call us on 01566 771930

Fishery Size: 911 acres

Best Flies: Sedge patterns, soldier palmer, hoppers and bibios

Contact: 01566 771930

Click here for the trout fishing rules



Tim Smith: 0752721137001726 882210 [email protected]
Dave Matthews, AAPGAI Professional Fly Casting Instructor: 01566 880117, 07583206010, [email protected]


Latest Catch Reports:

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Colliford Lake facilities include car parks and toilets