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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Lower Tamar Lake, Devon EX23 9SB

Lower Tamar is a stunning coarse fishery and holds specimen fish of each species. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for some peace and quiet and great fishing. The lake is shallow with around nine to ten foot maximum depth with 15 swims to choose from. Take a look at the fishery map on this page to get a good idea of the layout before your visit.

The lake is stocked with carp to 39lbs with plenty of fish from 15lbs upwards. The majority are common carp but there are some fantastic mirrors too. The bream fishing is superb with fish to 14lbs with lots of double figure fish. The roach fishing can be superb with fish to over 3lbs and plenty of fish over the 2lb mark. There are a few tench which go to 8lbs, perch to 4lbs and plenty of eels.

Lower Tamar can become quite weedy at times making fishing more challenging, but this does not happen every year.

The lake is open for day and 24 hour fishing but there are no season tickets. 



Fishery Information:

Address: Lower Tamar Lake, Sutcombe, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7LB

Fishery Size: 35 acres

Number of Swims: 16

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

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

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

Contact: 01288 321262

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 38.06lb
Mirror Carp: 31lb
Bream: 13.02lb Carl Watkins (largest weighed bream)
Perch: 3lb
Tench: 7lb
Eel: 4lb
Roach: 3lb
Rudd: 1.08lb



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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 Tamar Lake facilities include; car park, toilet, showers and is a dog friendly fishery.