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.

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 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:

If you notice any incidents which may be of concern during your visit, including poaching, we would be very grateful if you could complete the short form at the following link, which will help us build a picture of incidents that impact on your fishing, enabling us to address them more effectively over time. Thank you.

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Although our brown trout fisheries are now closed for the 2020 season, our rainbow waters are due to remain open until Christmas. With both boat and bank fishing available (Click here for the latest Covid restrictions), tickets can only be purchased on-line or over the phone during office hours (01566 771930). Competitions and other organised events unfortunately will not be permitted and, before fishing, anglers are asked to read the latest Angling Trust advice with regard to health and social distancing.

Fishing:

Kennick – Generally boat fishing has been the most productive, although there have been plenty of fish caught by bank anglers as well, with the majority of the best catches being from anglers fishing deep with sunk lines. Rods averaged just under three fish per rod, with the best fishing over the deeper central water, or from the banks in Clampitts Bay, Poplar Bay and Sycamore Wall. A few fish were taken on dry Daddies, but sub-surface fishing proved to be the most successful, either with goldhead nymphs (Damsels, Pheasant Tails and Diawl Bachs), or deep-fished Tadpoles and Boobies. Matt Baines and Kevin Primmer caught 26 fish to over 3lbs between them using Cruncher and Cormorant patterns; M.Ure caught a bag of fourteen rainbows from a boat using a Damsel Nymph and Booby patterns; Mike Steer caught a bag of six fish weighing between 2lb 6oz and 3lb 2oz from the bank at Clampitts using an Orange Lure.

Alan Judd's Kennick catch

Siblyback – The fishing remained challenging in spite of regular stocking at Siblyback, with all fish caught being taken fairly deep, on either lures (Cats Whiskers or Orange Blobs) or sunk nymph patterns (Montanas, Bibios or Damsels). Stocky Bay, the West Bank and the North Shore produced the best sport. The Troutmaster fish-off was won by Dave Perks (catching three rainbows for 5lb 1oz), with Alex Johnstone the runner-up.

Stithians – Quite a few fish are still being caught on dry patterns (Deer Hair Sedges, small Black Ants, Black Beetles, Hoppers and Orange Half-Hogs); otherwise sub-surface nymph patterns (Damsels, Montanas and Bibios) or Cats Whiskers are catching fish, with a variety of locations around the lake fishing well (especially Sailing Club Bank).

Burrator – The rods have been averaging around two fish per angler, with a few fish still looking up to take dry patterns (Klinkhammers, Daddies and Spiders fished in the surface film). Most fish however have been caught subsurface, with Damsels and Montanas working well mid-water, and Cats Whiskers, Nomads and Boobies catching the deeper fish. The best fish caught (and returned) in the month was a beautifully conditioned wild brown trout of between 3lb 8oz and 4lbs, caught by Kevin Sellar fishing from a boat.

Alan Judd's Burrator rainbow caught on a dry Klinkhammer

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