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.

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 photosof 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.

News and Highlights from the week:


Best of the Best Competition – Burrator 18th September

The Best of the Best Burrator got off to a foggy start, with rain arriving mid-morning and varied wind directions. The conditions quickly cleared with the odd appearance of some sunshine throughout the session. With the changeable conditions there were plenty of fish moving along the margins at a number of locations and expectations were high. After a couple of early fish the remaining fish were proving a little harder to retain on the line and a number of fish were lost. Burrator Qualifiers are Matt Kingdon and William Grandfield.


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

Kennick – 25 September

Kennick – 2 October

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

To book in please call our office on 01566 771930. Don’t delay!

 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).

Restocking at Burrator and Kennick

In the interest of fish welfare, during low pressure weather systems both grading and transport of our usual stockings had been delayed from early September. We are pleased to confirm these stocking have now taken place. 

  • Burrator stocking 675 Rainbow Trout up to 2.5lbs
  • Kennick stocking of 310 Rainbows Trout up to 3.5lbs

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.


Rod Average: 0.89

There was a stocking at Kennick this week of 310 rainbows up to 3.5lbs and anglers have noticed a real improvement with fish being caught with many different flies and methods. Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught 2 rainbows at 3lb and 2lb 13oz on a lime green booby from the Narrows, while Matthew Simpson from Exeter caught the second largest fish of the season with a 4lb 5oz rainbow, caught on a yellow and white booby on sinking line with fast retrieve. Anglers have also reported most fish activity taking place later in the day; Colin Schoolbraid from Bovey Tracey caught 3 of his 4 rainbows to 2lb 8oz between 6 and 7pm on a slow sinking line with figure of 8 retrieve, and Jeff Ferguson from Seaton caught 4 small browns on a black and peacock spider.

310 rainbows up to 3.5lbs stocked at Kennick this week.


View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



Rod Average: 0.75

Another quiet week at Siblyback. Alan Olver from Plymouth caught 2 rainbows to 1lb 7oz on a green Montana, while A Olver from Gunnislake caught one at 1lb 12oz: 'Fished from 11 am until 6 pm, using floating line so not deep. Saw no insect life and barely any fish. Plenty of ducks etc.’


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.85

Burrator was stocked with 675 rainbows to 2.5lbs this week with a few nice surprises. Robert Prout from Plymouth caught the largest brownie out of Burrator to date with a stunning 3lb 2oz fish, on a floating line with 18ft leader, as well as 2 smaller rainbows. Meanwhile, S Carpenter from Plymouth ended a non-eventful afternoon with 2 rainbows to 2lb, caught at sunset.

Robert Prout’s 3lb 2oz brownie.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.88

Very bright conditions making fishing tricky this week but still some enjoyable sessions were had. Phil Messenger-Rogers from St. Austell had a fantastic days sport with plenty of rudd and 5 brown trout: '5-10mph winds from NW-W. Very bright but with periods of cloud blowing through. Fantastic days sport. Apart from the brownies I was smashed twice, and had immense fun catching rudd on a dry fly. I have never seen so many fish - and I made the mistake of scaling down to 4lb point which was my undoing to two excellent brown trout that hit like an express train amongst the rudd. Brilliant - so much action my arm hurt when I got back to the car with all the casting!'


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.64

 Not a lot in the way of fly life this week but some excellent weather conditions resulted in a bag of 7 browns for Bill Murray from Newton Abbot, on a floating line fished on the surface.  Paul Ackland from Plymouth had an enjoyable day despite a lack of fly life or rises, catching one 12oz brown on a dry sedge: 'Cool, blustery damp day. No fly life, persisted with dry fly all day. Had three rises all day. Where has all the fly life gone? Saw last of the swallows traveling on their winter migration. Still an enjoyable days angling.' Meanwhile C Edwards from Aveton Gifford caught 2 small browns on a floating line and Jeremy Robinson from Exeter caught 2 at 0.75lb on a shuttlecock buzzer.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.00

Slow fishing this week despite nice conditions, with most activity occuring late afternoon/early evening. Tim Laws from Helston caught 4 browns to 2lb: 'Overcast, drizzly and cool with light sw breeze. Arrived at 4pm in front of dam car park. Few trout showing but carp feeding in shallows. Trout started to give splashy rises about 6pm. Caddis flies around the shore, but none visible on water and sedge patterns brought no response. 45cm fish took stripped brown/orange spider. Smaller fish taken on other patterns over next hour. Fish still rising frequently when I left the water!'

Other notable catches included Nick Odle from Looe with 4 8” browns, Stephen Broad from Looe with 4 browns to 0.75lb, and Peter Coleman-Smith from Bristol with 7 between 10” and 12”: ‘Tough conditions - bright sun most of the day. All but 2 fish came to dries, the other 2 took a stationary buzzer on a dropper with the sedgehog on the point holding the buzzer just below the surface. Water pretty warm and low. I had plenty of other interest and offers but all were smallish fish. Nice to be out though.’

Tim Laws’ 45cm brownie.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.57

A bit more participation from the trout at Roadford this week with 11 caught between 7 anglers. Gordon Tyson from Redruth caught 4 browns to 1lb 8oz and Alan Weeks from Chalfont St. Peter caught 3 to 1lb, both from boats, while Dean Boucher from Gunnislake caught 4 on wet flies on a floating line.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here


Wildlife Round-up:

A kingfisher and a grass snake at Fernworthy, as well as the last of the swallows getting to leave for the winter, mallards at Siblyback, and damselflies and cormorants at Kennick.


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

Tight lines!