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.


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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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 7" 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)?





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: 01288 321262



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


Latest Catch Reports:

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

Colliford Catch Report season ending 12.10.2020

Colliford Catch Report w.e 4.10.2020 




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Colliford Lake facilities include car parks and toilets