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.

Complete Form

Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].


Rod Average: 3.20

A quieter week than of late at Kennick but still plenty of catches to be had. Hatches were bountiful and a variety of flies produced catches, with anglers favouring floating and intermediate lines.

Mike and Hilary Herring, accompanied by 10-month old Labrador Flossie, caught 8 rainbows between them with several more takes:

‘It was a lovely warm, sunny Spring day with a gentle SE breeze which meant Hil came with me and, for the first time ever, our 10 month old Labrador Flossie.

Much to our surprise Flossie didn't fall in from the boat. Her behaviour in the boat was exemplary. She showed no interest in any of the rainbows which came aboard and slept for most of the day. Except when on shore leave.

We had a good day. Eight rainbows by 2.30, and several more takes.

Damsels were the successful flies. We kept three, all about 2 pounds (Friday's stocking?) and returned five of approx. a pound and a half each.

All the boats were out and several bank anglers

Kennick is almost full again!

A small flock of House Martins arrived and departed. Another Mallard and her nine newly hatched ducklings were seen in Clampetts.’


Photos: Hilary and Mike Herring

Wildlife: House Martins, mallards with large broods of ducklings, crested grebe, cuckoo, swallows.

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit

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Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



Rod Average: 3.42

Gusty winds made casting tricky for the most part last week but plenty of fish activity produced a good number of catches. Fish seemed to be nearer the surface so a floating line worked best.

Ron Wilday from Liskeard caught 7 rainbows to 2lb and a 25cm brown: ‘Wind from the south, overcast / sunny spells. Good to see a few other anglers around the lake mid-week and the boat being used. The fish are high up in the water now, so floating line used; Damsel on the point, Cormorant and orange blob on the droppers. Caught on all three flies but mostly to the blob. Mixed retrieve, static / on the drop, slow figure of 8 and slow pulls all caught fish. The brown was on the cormorant. Lost another 3 had a few follows and many takes - great 2 -3 hours fishing on Monday afternoons.’

Wildlife: Ducks, Canada Geese, Swallows, Cormorants, Swifts, Long Tailed Tits.

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Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.36

Fish found in the top 2-3ft of water last week with anglers favouring floating and intermediate lines and buzzers, boobies and damsels all producing catches. Notable catches include Mike Lunney from Dousland with 8 rainbows.

Photo: Jonny Mac. 3lb 3ozs rainbow caught on black blue flash fly and intermediate line off of Longstone point. One of a bag of 5.

Wildlife: Cuckoos calling, swallows.

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Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.00

Anglers used a wide variety of flies and lines last week to produce a respectable rod average of 3.

Stephen Cook from Redruth caught 3 rainbows to 3lb on a weighted damsel: ‘3lb rainbow was a stunner, overwintered, full finned and 50cm long. Took 15 minutes to land and 5 for it to recuperate and swim off. Best fish for a few seasons! Weather was very windy, caught at 1100, Floating line figure of eight return.’

Other notable catches include Philippa Hornsby-Sayer from Kingsbridge with 6 to 1.5lb on a nymph, Mr Clark from Truro with 4 on a Cormorant and black hopper size 10 and Nigel Burley from Truro with 6 caught on a midge tip line.

Wildlife; Mallards, Canada Geese, Sparrowhawk, Peacock Butterfly, Speckled Wood butterfly, Robin, Cuckoo, Swallows, Egret.

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: 4.56

A quiet week in terms of rises and insect activity but this didn’t stop 9 anglers catching 41 fish between them for 6 full bags.

Mr Egoitz from Widecombe in the Moor caught 7 browns to 32cm: ‘Lovely day at Fernworthy, is usually a good fishing day but Sunday was a brilliant catching day as well! Misty start of the day with no visibility and no wind, fog lifted up around mid-morning to a bright and sunny day with a constant SE wind. Fish were feeding on the surface the first 2 hours before going quiet until late morning. Intermediate line, slow retrieve. Spotted 3 adders.

Charlie Beney from Wincanton caught 5: ‘Moderate W breeze, mostly cloudy with a few showers and quite cold - had been a cold night before. Fished N bank - not much rising and no sign of Hawthorns which was a slight surprise. Fished team of wets on a floating line fairly shallow - no particular pattern to retrieve - had to mix it up to get anything at all. Good to see the swallows back.’

Wildlife: Cuckoo, three adders.

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Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 5.71

Notable catches for last week include Dean Boucher from Gunnislake with 15 browns to 14 inches: ‘Pulled wets to start with fishing taking well. Late morning takes slowed.Switched to dries fishing Hoppers in some reasonably choppy water. No fish rising but seemed happy enough to come blind with a Black Hopper on a 12 catching all the fish i had dry. Soldier Palmer, White tailed Zulu and Black Tadpole all caught when fishing wets.’


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Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford 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.




 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!)