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.

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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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Slade Reservoir, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA

Lower Slade, tucked away in the rolling hills of Ilfracombe in North Devon, is a must visit on your next angling escape.

This long narrow lake has a great mix of fish species and is a really great venue for the all-round angler or pleasure fisherman.

Lower Slade is stocked with mirror and common carp to 27lb, bream to 8lb, perch to over 4lb, roach to 3lb and pike to 27lb.

The deep treeline margins mean you can catch fish under your rod tips and there is also plenty of weed along the dam end of the lake where the carp and pike like to hide.



Fishery Information:

Address: Slade Reservoir, Slade Valley Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 8NA

Fishery Size: 6 acres

Number of Swims: 20

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

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

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

Season Permits: Available online or from South West Lakes on 01566 771930

Contact: 01288 321262

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 26.08lb
Mirror Carp: 26lb
Bream: 8lb
Pike: 27lb
Perch: 4lb
Eel: 5lb
Roach: 3lb 8oz
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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Lower Slade Reservoir facilities include; car park and toilets and is a dog friendly fishery