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.

Clubs

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 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:

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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Sunday 17th October saw the final of the Best of the Best take place at Kennick. It was a really enjoyable day with some superb fishing and very respectable bag weights. The Morning started off dark, foggy and cold but despite this, Kennick looked as beautiful and inviting as ever. The conditions brightened throughout the rest of the day and looking at the weather that has arrived this week, it appears we were very lucky!

 

Twenty-one Anglers took part in the final. There was generally a lot of activity with some great catches and on top of this, there were also a considerable number of takes that didn’t convert. Some of the Anglers really managed to dial into the tactics needed and this was evident from their bag totals- but a great effort by all. The day ended with refreshments in the form of a BBQ- a big thank you to Mark and Kevin for organising and cooking this as well as all their hard work throughout the competition.

     

On to the results…Well done to the Winner – Dave Johns- with 12 fish and a total bag weight of 25lbs 2oz. Runner up was Andy Watson with a total bag weight of 15lbs 12oz. Third place went to Keith Burnett with a bag of 13lbs 14oz. Winner of the heaviest fish (not in top 3) category went to Andy Gooding with 3lb 2oz and the Blind Pairs Winners were Keith Burnett and Dave Johns with a whopping 39lb bag total.

 

Full results and prizes awarded are below- and on that note, we would like to extend our gratitude to Snowbee- always highly recommended when it comes to both fishing equipment and clothing- for supporting us and their generous contribution to the prizes. Special thanks to Simon Kidd and Russell Weston for organising these.

 

This marks the end of the 2021 competition season, but we look forward to next year and what that brings- hopefully with fewer disruptions along the way.

 

All the best.

 

Dil

Results

Anglers Name

Total Bag Weight

Prizes

 

 

 

 

Winner

Dave Johns

25lb 2oz

£1000 & Snowbee Cap

Runner Up

Andy Watson

15lb 12oz

£400 & Snowbee Cap

3rd Place

Keith Burnett

13lb 14oz

£250 & Snowbee Cap

4th Place

Andy Gooding

10lb 12oz

Snowbee Boston Bag Brown

5th Place

Paul Johns

6lb 9oz

Snowbee Boston Bag Black

6th Place

Alex Venn

5lb 1oz

Snowbee Spectre Sunglass & Cap

7th Place

John Hern

2lb 13oz

Snowbee Spectre Sunglass & Cap

 

 

 

 

Heaviest Fish (not finishing in top 3)

Andy Gooding

3lb 2oz

£200 & Snowbee Cap

Blind Pairs Winners (drawn on the day)

Keith Burnett & Dave Johns

39lbs

£50 Each (£100)

Blind Pairs Runners Up (drawn on the day)

Andy Watson & Peter Phillips

15lb 12oz

£25 Each (£50)

 

 

 

 

Competition Rod Average was 1.95 with a bag weight of 4lbs 3oz per angler

All Results

Name

No. of Fish

Total Bag Weight

Heaviest Fish

Andy Watson

6

15lb 12oz

3lb 14oz

Andy Gooding 

5

10lb 12oz

3lb 2oz

Andrew Willoughby 

1

1lb 5oz

1lb 5oz

Alex Venn

2

5lb 1oz

2lb 12oz

John Huckings 

0

 

 

John Hern

1

2lb 13oz

2lb 13oz

Nik Tomkins

1

2lb 4oz

2lb 4oz

Ron Wilday

1

1lb 12oz

1lb 12oz

Dave Cook

0

 

 

Keith Burnett 

6

13lb 14oz

4lb 1oz

Paul Jones

3

6lb 9oz

2lb 13oz

Rodney Wevill 

0

 

 

Peter Phillips

0

 

 

Stephen Retallick

0

 

 

Dave Perks

1

1lb 11oz

1lb 11oz

Matt Kingdon

1

2lb 8oz

2lb 8oz

Dave Johns

12

25lb 2oz

3lb 0oz

Jed Stone

0

 

 

Mark Damarell

0

 

 

Darren Penfold

1

1lb 14oz

1lb 14oz

Barry Ware

0