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 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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Permit rooms are now closed. 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, two at Siblyback and one at Stithians. 

 To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.

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.

Drizzle and overcast weather has provided perfect conditions this week with anglers commenting on the quality of fish and great fishing for the time of year. There’s just under two weeks left until the rainbow season closes so still time to squeeze in your last few sessions before the 30th November!


Rod Average: 1.06

The UTFA met at Kennick this week but unfortunately all 8 anglers blanked. Matt Baines had better luck from his float tube, bagging 10 rainbows to 3lb 10oz with a combined weight of 15lbs 3oz! Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught 2 at 3lb 6oz and 3lb 12oz, noting that the fish were favouring the bottom, while Sharif Adams from Mortonhampstead also caught 2 rainbows at 2lb and 3lb on a blue flash damsel from a depth of 2ft.


View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.50

Two anglers fishing Siblyback this week: Steve Styles from Warwick unfortunately blanked, noting that the cross wind was making it difficult to get any distance, but David Styles from Liskeard managed 3 rainbows to 2lb 8oz: 'Fished 2 Meadows. Too windy and cold. Went to Stockie Bay. Water calm and gentle breeze behind my left shoulder. Fished with sinking line. 1st fish 2pm last one 3pm. Not a touch after that.'


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.63

Mist and drizzle providing good trout fishing conditions this week with 8 anglers producing 21 fish between them for a respectable rod average of 2.63. Kevin Sellar from Plymouth got the most catches with a bag of nine: 6 rainbows to 3lb and 3 browns to 1lb fished deep from a boat. The largest fish of the week goes to Jon Rood from Plymouth with a rainbow of around 3.5lbs on a sink tip line: 'I was getting desperate - no action for 3 hours so thought I would pull a bright orange FAB very quickly and it did the trick.'

Steve Carpenter from Plymouth caught one 1.5lb rainbow with a bobbie pattern on an intermediate line with very slow retrieve, after having no luck with damsels and montanas on floating and intermediate lines all afternoon, while Jonny Mac from Plympton managed 4 to 2.5lb with a sinking line and long leader.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.88

Anglers have used a variety of methods this week to produce some steady results. Nigel Burley from Truro caught 3 rainbows to 2.5lb: 'Cloudy, Westerly wind. Floating Line. First fish on Booby point fly, next 2 double hook up on the Hares Ears droppers. Really good quality fish and great to have such good fishing this late in the year!' Meanwhile, John Henderson from Falmouth caught 2 rainbows to 1lb 8oz with a slow retrieve just under the surface, and David Williams from St Just caught 1 on a Diawl Bach on intermediate line.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



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

Tight lines!