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.

Complete Form


Permit rooms are closed until further notice. Please purchase your day and season permits here or call one of our team on 01566 771930.


Reminders & Requests

  • Please send me any photos of your catches, lakes or any nature or wildlife pictures that we could utilise for press articles or social media posting. It would also be great to have some clear and close up photos of some of the flies used, and would be very keen to see flies tied at home as well, so if you have any photos to hand please send them to- [email protected]


  • Please complete Catch Returns online, this will enable us to gain a clearer picture of our lakes and stock levels which of course in turn will help us to continue to improve our Anglers experience.


  • Any Roadford Brown Trout with adipose removed as part of the project study please record and send any photo/details of these Brown Trout caught.


Bag, Catch & Release limits:

  • Rainbow Trout- Bag Limit is 5 fish. Catch & Release limit is 10 fish per day – we would kindly ask that all anglers purchase a further ticket if they would like to continue fishing.
  • Brown Limit– Bag Limit is 4 fish. Catch & Release is unlimited (if you’re lucky enough to catch good numbers of our Brownies then we feel it’s well deserved!) 




We currently have four boats available at Kennick, three at Roadford and one at Stithians. The two boats for Siblyback will be available soon.

To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.


News and Highlights from the week:


Anglers have braved the weather this week and used a variety of techniques to suit the changing activity levels.


Rod Average: 2.21

SWLT request please could anglers be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour onsite; boat padlocks have been cut with bolt croppers twice in as many weeks leaving boats to be collected from opposite side of the reservoir.

Kennick once again proving a popular choice this week with a nice number of catch returns received, so thank you for those. Anglers have been using a variety of fly lines and methods with some great catches fished both at surface and in deeper waters, with Mike H bagging 5 rainbows at 1lb 8oz - 1lb 10oz and 2 browns, Stephen N with 5 rainbows and a 'beautiful' wild brown, Malcolm U with 10 rainbows caught on a mixture of buzzers and boobies, and a client of Richard Jackson, who caught a 2lb rainbow (photo below). Steve H caught 7 rainbows from a boat all at 20ft on a fritz, a cruncher and a buzzer.

Thank you to Richard Jackson for this photo of a Grass Snake he spotted swimming in the shallows:

Photo: Richard Jackson

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 3.07

A wet and windy week with high water temperatures but fish feeding at the surface and close to the bank, resulting in a full bag for Simon W with 6 rainbows ranging from 1lb 8oz to 3lb on a mixture of FABs, blobs and foam beetles. Other notable catches include Nathan S with 6 rainbows at 2-2.5lb and Rich T with 10 rainbows on a deer hair sedge and his hand-tied black foam fly.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.44

Burrator continuing to fish well with nice high water levels this week. The mostly overcast but mild weather provided perfect conditions, yet anglers reported little surface activity and the majority of successes with an intermediate sinking line. Alan L caught 2 from Lowry Point on an intermediate line and pulled damsel nymph, and a further 4 from Bennett's Lawn on a floating line with beetle dropper and Kate McLaren on the point. Meanwhile Robert G-S reported three 1.5lb rainbows from his boat and Mike E reported 1.

Photos: Alan Lawson

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.57

Little surface activity and no insect hatches reported this week but still plenty of successful fishing to be had. Simon P used an array of flies and found most success using the washing line method with an FAB on the point and a Pennel / Peacock on droppers, later switching to dries and catching 9 2lb rainbows over the course of his session. Clive P caught 3 rainbows, the largest of which weighed 3.5lbs, and Lee E caught 3 rainbows up to 1lb 8oz on a klinkhammer. Those anglers targeting rudd have had some great fish, these include Mark W with a 2lb rudd on a black buzzer and Graeme C with 3.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.67

 7 full bags reported out of 9 catch returns received, resulting in a healthy rod average of 3.67! These included Mr Swinhoe with 7 up to 1lb, Gary S with 8 caught on a woolly bugger and bibio, Glen A with 6 at 10-20cm and Daniel H with his 7" wild brownie. Jeff F reported high water levels for the time of year (reservoir is currently at 100%) and lots of midges late evening bringing fish to the surface. A size 16 black sedge produced a catch of 4 small browns ranging from 4oz to 1lb.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.56

Notable catches this week include Chris T with three 25-28cm browns on a black spider on the 8th and again on the 10th with 6 at 25-30cm, caught with a variety of flies including black gnat, bibio, spider and red tag.  Also Stephen B with three brownies around the 8-10oz mark.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.00

Another quiet week at Roadford with only 2 catch returns received - thank you to Nigel H and Glen for those. Glen caught 4 perch and a brown trout on a floating line with sink tip and a gold head appetiser, while Nigel caught 6 perch and a brown trout.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

Wildlife Round-up:

Lots of Canada Geese at Colliford, a Grass Snake at Kennick, dragonflies at Stithians.


Please keep the catch reports coming in, we really do appreciate the depth of information they offer and it’s a great help to us. Thanks also for the great photos and videos we’ve received so far.



There are still plenty of spaces left for qualifying for the Best of the Best Competition:

The qualifiers have a maximum of 12 people per heat with the top 6 qualifying for the £2000 final at Kennick on 17th October

Places still available for the dates below - To book in please call our office on 01566 771930. Don’t delay!

Burrator – 18 September (New date)

Kennick – 25 September (New date)

Kennick – 2 October

 All the information and rules can be found here:

 The full list of qualifiers will be posted on our Best of the Best page on our website (link above).



Hope to catch up on one of our waters in the very near future.

Tight lines!