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. 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 may be pre-booked and we advise calling in advance to check availability at each fishery.

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 four competitions during the season with two singles, one pairs and one team of four competition. 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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Arriving on site at 7:45am, the first angler of the day was leaving the car park area for his own day of sport, followed by two anglers who were going for a day of boat fishing.            

The sky was blue and no breeze was blowing. The competition anglers arrived and after a short briefing and brew, were on their way for their 9:30am start. They were left alone for a few hours before I began a walk around to check on their progress.

Crylla bay showed plenty of promise with fish showing at range, however no anglers were seen. As we walked down into Stocky Bay, we came across the first angler who had managed 2 rainbows; 100 yards down the bank was the first competition angler, Stephen R, who had managed 3 fish by 11:30am.

The wind by this time had increased from the morning, now blowing gently from the south west. Much of Stocky Bay was sheltered, however at range a good ripple had developed and fish were seen feeding along the wind lane. Whilst chatting to Stephen, he cast out his glass line deep into the ripple and shortly afterwards lifted into what was later recorded as the best fish of the day - a fin and tail perfect rainbow of 2lbs 2oz. For Stephen it was fish number four.

I continued around the reservoir and found Dave P fishing high up on the West bank. He had also managed to pick up two lovely rainbows, later weighing in at 1lb 15oz & 1lb 14oz. He said he had also missed a few fish.

After a brief chat I continued around to the two meadows area near the bird hide where Peter P was fishing. By this time (about 1pm) he was being buffeted by a fairly strong, continuous wind blowing onto his left shoulder. Peter said he had taken a single fish from the North Bank but later moved to this location, where he had taken a further three. By the end of the day he had taken another fish raising his bag to five.

To sum up the day, it was a very enjoyable day's fishing for the entrants, fairly quiet on site, with no problems with any other activities happening on the water and only two people during the whole day were asked to put their dog on a lead, SUCCESS! 

Find out more about the Best of the Best competition here.

Mark Baxendale

Visitor Experience Team