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.


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

South West Lakes 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 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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Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].


Temperatures have been very warm over the last few days which has meant that while anglers have enjoyed some great fishing, the time of day and tactics used have been crucial. It looks as though temperatures may continue to rise over the rest of the week and there has now been an Amber warning of extreme heat issued for South-West England.

We are keeping a close eye on the situation and of course, fish welfare must remain paramount. Keep an eye on the website for any updates, but in the meantime please do exercise caution, limiting handling and ensuring that where relevant, catch and release is done promptly and into deep enough water. Do remember we offer evening tickets as well as full-day, allowing for shorter sessions which may also coincide with more activity on the water.


Some great fishing reported at Wistlandpound this week. Several large brownies up to 2.5lbs and some hard-fighting smaller browns too. Grey and brown patterns seemed to have good results with the larger fish tending to be deeper waters responding to slow sinking lines. Again, more activity was seen later in the afternoon.



Rod Average: 2.59

Some busy sessions at Kennick over the last week but with fish being deeper down than of recent and tending to be found during the early afternoon. Peter Gilpin had 3 rainbows to nearly 3lbs, Malcom Ure had a great day with 7 rainbow to over 3lbs. Mike Weston had 5 rainbows all on Bishop buzzers while Chris Head from Ottery St Mary had 3 rainbows to 23bs. Mike Herring had 4 rainbows to 2lbs on a warm day, after changing flies to a Damsel:


A gorgeous summer's day,but sweltering on the water! 24.5C in the shade (no shade!), but this morning's water temperature in the middle still only 19C, but I don't think that's going to last. Hardly any breeze before I packed up at 1.20.

I struggled at first, but Malcolm Ure was doing OK (bagging up by noon!). Best spot anchored 50 yards off The Lawns 'stripping fast' a weighted Blue Flash Damsel through the water a few feet down. He gave me one of these damsels and I caught three in the first three casts! I could even watch them chasing the fly!”

Wildlife sightings: Greater Black-Backed Gulls, Pied Wagtail, Swallows, House Martins

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View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 2.25

A real game of two halves at Siblyback this week. Some brilliant sessions were had while on other days it was a real challenge to find the right tactic in the varying conditions. Andy and Al Lawson had 5 fish each:  "Five hard won rainbows each. All on black sparkle hopper dries on the West Bank. The heat and lack of any wind made it tough going for quite some time, but after around eleven, when occasional ripples and cloud cover began to form we started getting into some fish working up and down the bank; we clocked off at two with five each. Had one take that bolted like an Exocet. The smallest of the lot… I could see the bow wave heading toward the dry fly and wallop! Didn’t it smack it!! … and then it went airborne; outstanding! They really were solid such scrappers, and catching them all on dries made for an exceptional session!". Paul Bancroft from Plymouth had 5 rainbows to 2lbs.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Thanks to Andy and Al Lawson for their photos.


Rod Average: 2.75

Changeable weather conditions meant that anglers had to respond by varying their tactics throughout the day. Graham Cant had a lovely rainbow and brown pair from the bank, Alan Judd had 3 rainbows, catching them in the first two feet. Mike Lunney had a great session on a boat, showing how perserverence pays off- changing location and tactics to get 6 rainbows. Tony Hill and his Father-in-Law Ivor Rose had 2 and 3 fish respectively, really enjoying their day.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.30

Although the details in catch returns this week have been minimal, there has been an overall picture of fish becoming more active towards the end of the day when the weather has started to cool. Pipe Bay and Mossops have been popular spots to try, with fish responding to beetles, black gnats and damsels.


For CAST club membership details, please contact Graeme Clements (CAST Club Treasurer) through their Facebook page:


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.90

There were still some great sessions this week, despite the temperatures really increasing over the weekend. Richard Buckingham from Helston had 5 brownies while John Shore from Totnes had 2. Jack Brown from Totnes sent in a detailed (always appreciated) report and said it was a "Beautiful day with the wind being stronger than expected. Started on nymphs as there was very little surface activity. One fish later and a few rises showing I switched to a hopper pattern with the fish taking them either dry or slowly trickled back just sub surface"


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 5.20


Despite the rising temperatures, some great sessions this week. Daniel Gilbert had 4 lovely browns up to 30cm, while Chris Tilyard had 6 browns on one day and 15 on another.  Fish were more active in the mornings and later afternoon when the temperatures had cooled.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


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Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

Without your catch returns these reports wouldn’t be possible, and they also enable us to gain a clearer picture of our lakes and stock levels which in turn will help us to continue to improve our Anglers experience, so do please keep sending them, even if they’re nil returns! Complete your Catch Returns online here.

Don’t forget to include any wildlife and nature sightings – we love to hear about them and they are a great help to our Environment Team!

Please continue to send us any photos of your catches, the lakes or any wildlife/nature that we could utilise for press articles and social media. We are also keen to see any clear, close-up photos of any flies used, particularly home-tied ones. Please send any photos to [email protected].




Permits are no longer available on-site at the permit huts, please purchase your day and season permits here or call one of our team on 01566 771930.


 We currently have four boats available at Kennick, three at Roadford, two at Siblyback and one at Stithians. 

 To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.