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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33 anglers, 8 full teams and one incomplete team, fished the Annual Snowbee floating line match at Siblyback on Sunday 25 April. The lake looked in supreme condition upon arrival and did not disappoint with a good high water level and very clear. The weather turned out very sunny all day with a strong south easterly wind. This proved decidedly testing casting conditions, especially as the day progressed and as the fish, in the shallows especially, moved further off shore proving more difficult to reach.  Most anglers caught well however and returning a catch rate of over 4 fish per person. That did include some smaller fish inevitably, but plenty of them and the average size was still around 1.25lbs with several over 2lbs. The best fish of the day at 3lbs 8ozs, was a rainbow which fell to Rod Wevill earning the prize of top fish for the day.


The match was fished in great spirit throughout, with everybody obviously keen to get out after the long lockdown. Despite there being many visitors to the water besides the anglers along the shores and walkways as well, everybody tolerated and respected one another too, which was a delight to see and enjoyable for everybody present and experiencing this delightful facility on the day.


Roadford Lake Café kindly organised excellent, and much needed, refreshments for competitors at the end of the match, which was won by the Innis Fishery Team with 23 fish caught of a possible 24, with a total bag weight of 30lbs 3.5ozs.  2nd were Kennick A, with 21 fish for 25lbs 10.5ozs and 3rd Kennick B, also with 21 fish and a total bag weight of 23lbs 10.5ozs.

Prizes of Snowbee products and vouchers were shared between the top three teams, best fish and consolation random prize draw (for any competitor not in top 3 teams but who did catch fish on the day), plus day tickets to members of the winning team and for best fish of the day.

View the full results table here