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].


In the interests of fish welfare, we have made the decision to suspend the sale of catch and release permits in order to reduce stress on the trout during the hot weather.

Remember, we do offer evening tickets as well as full-day, allowing for shorter sessions which may also coincide with more activity on the water.




Rod Average: 2.09

Richard Berrisford from Exeter caught 4 rainbows to 2lb 4oz: 'First rainbow came after an hour drifting with weighted buzzer on the point at 15ft and a Dorsey yarn indicator. Spooning showed lots of buzzers from early morning feed. Second from a small Dennis the Menace booby about 3 foot off the bottom on a Di7 intermittent slow retrieve. Third from a snake booby fished fast about 6 foot down. Both carp taken near the tower on a Di 5 sweep line with an orange idiot proof nymph. Water temp 71F (21.5C).'

One of Richard Berrisford's carp.

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.00

2 fish each for Philip Hancock and Paul England: '10 am till Noon: Anchored about 30 yards from North Shore at a plumbed depth of 12 feet. Bottom weedy. GH Czech nymph on point but caught fish on black buzzer (1st dropper) and red buzzer (top dropper). Swallows in vicinity. Floating line and leader. Noon till 4pm: Drifted down West Bank in light NNW winds, then anchored in Stocky Bay. No bites and no evidence of fish rising. Mostly sun all day.'

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Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.86

The hot weather has kept the fish in deeper waters and only a handful of anglers braved the heat this week. Mike Lunney caught 3 rainbows to 2lb 2oz on buzzers.


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Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.57

A double hook-up for Simon Peters from Truro, who had a bag of 7 rainbows to 2lb 1oz and 1 brownie: 'Most fish came to Candy FAB and Black Hopper on floating line fished static or very slow retrieve. 2 Fish on Intermediate with Fry pattern lure.'

Simon Peter's double hook-up.

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


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Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.80

The hot weather has kept fish activity levels low, with only a handful of anglers braving the heat for a session. Chris Weeks from Barnstaple caught 4 browns to 10oz on a sinking line, fished deep with a slow retrieve.


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Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 5.50

A surprising amount of activity at Colliford despite the heat, with fish feeding on the surface and coming to dry flies on a floating line. Chris Tilyard from Fraddon caught 13 browns, Rob Ray from Aldbury caught 4 to 1.5lb on a Red Copper John Nymph on floating line with 10ft leader and a slow retrieve, and Paul Rollings from Polperro caught 7 to 30cm: 'Had a brilliant run up across lower East bay. First fish to Soldier Palmers, 2nd cast; missed at least as many again. Was excellent. Only got as far as Browngelly bay where I had some sport on dries. Was very surprised at the level of activity being so hot. As the sun got lower down all action ceased. Im only a beginner with little knowledge of the flies etc but had no problems.'


Photos: Paul Rollings


View the full Catch Report here

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!)