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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Jennetts Reservoir, Bideford, Devon EX39 5JH

Due to a large tree which has fallen across the path, the far side of the lake is closed. Fishing is from the near side only up as far as peg 15. We are working with the neighbouring landowner to try and remove the tree as quickly as possible. Please do not try and access the far side of the lake.

With a national reputation for its carp fishing, Jennetts Reservoir is known as a ‘runs' water. This popular Devon coarse fishery holds carp to 32lb which can be caught off the bottom or off the surface.

The head of fish over 20lb is exceptional and multiple catches of carp over 20lbs is possible each day. There are tench to 8lb but they prove to be elusive, bream to 10lb and perch over 4lb. Jennetts produces quality bags of 50lb+ made up of roach and skimmers to the float, pole and feeder. Jennetts also has eels to 5lbs.



Fishery Information:

Please note that there is a steep incline to the reservoir from the car park

Address: Jennetts Reservoir, Coach Drive, Bideford, EX39 5JH

Fishery Size: 8 acres

Number of Swims: 27

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

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

Day Permits: Available online from this website

Contact: 01288 321262

Click here for Jennetts Reservoir and South West Water Rules

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 32lb
Mirror Carp: 28lb
Bream: 9lb
Perch: 4lb
Tench: 6lb
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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Jennetts Reservoir facilities include; car park and toilets