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. For under 18s, there is a two fish child permit available. 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.

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

South West Lakes 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:

South West Lakes 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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Meldon Reservoir, Okehampton, Devon EX20 4LU

Meldon Reservoir is situated on Dartmoor National Park, with striking views over the Okement Valley, open moorland and dramatic tors. The countryside surrounding the reservoir combines industrial heritage with nature, and offers an experience of scenic tranquillity.

Meldon offers free wilderness brown trout fishing for wild fish from the bank. The fish average 6-7 inches in size with the occasional larger fish being caught.

You must have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence (non-migratory). There is limited bank access here as the reservoir is steep sided.

Permitted angling methods at this reservoir include spinning, fly or bait. ‘Catch and release’ is preferred using barbless hooks. Otherwise, up to four fish over 10″ may be taken in a day.


Fishery Information

Address: Meldon Reservoir, Okehampton, Devon. EX20 4LU

Season Date: 15 March – 12 October

Species: Wild Brown Trout

Fishery Size: 57 acres

Contact: 01566 771930

Click here for the trout fishing rules

This is a free fishing water with a bag limit of four fish over 10 inches. Anglers must hold a current Environmental Agency Rod Licence to fish at Meldon Reservoir


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.

Find out more here


The facilities at Meldon include a car park and toilets