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 SW Lakes 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.

Please note at this time our Permit Rooms are closed. Season and Day Permits are available online or by calling 01566 771930 only

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3500. You can book your day or 24 hour tickets, which are available year-round via our online booking system. Season permits are available on 01566 771930.

Facilities include onsite cafes, parking, toilets, showers, wheelchair access platforms, on-site permit rooms and easy access paths and swims.

SW Lakes Fishing is managed by South West Lakes.

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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Upper Tamar Lake, near Bude, on Friday 12 August

As part of National Fishing Month, we're hosting a free family-friendly event at Upper Tamar Lake on Friday 12 August. If you're a complete novice, find out why coarse fishing has so many people hooked, with plenty on offer for the experienced angler as well!

The day is part of National Fishing Month (1-31 August) which celebrates the social, wellbeing and environmental benefits of angling. 

There will be demonstrations including how to best set up rods to prevent snags and tangles, correct unhooking techniques and equipment and wound care.

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about invasive non-native species and what individuals can do to prevent their spread, as well as the work of we do at South West Lakes.

There is fun for all the family available and younger visitors will enjoy learning more about different fish species with an interactive 'hook a fish' game.

Alan Smith, Visitor Experience Manager at South West Lakes, said:

“We will be extending a warm welcome to both beginners and established anglers.

“As a charity, we want to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out in nature and enjoy our beautiful lakes across the region, including offering sustainable fishing. Angling offers you a chance to get outside, experience nature at its best, get the whole body moving, take a breath and allow your mind the time it needs to reset, so why not get involved!”

No booking is required. Simply visit Upper Tamar Lake, just up from the Activity Centre, on Friday 12 August from 10.30am to 4pm. 

Address: Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9SB

About us:

We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow. Our reservoirs and lakes are home to many wonderful animals and boast important habitats and built historic sites. We pride ourselves on enabling people of all abilities to enjoy these special locations by providing access both on and off the water. It’s your outdoors – come and explore.