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.

Clubs

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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Reminder to all anglers:

 

  • Catch Returns must be completed – Failure to do so will impact future stockings

Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].

Kennick  

Rod Average: 4.46

  

Photos: Gerry Scutt

Kennick continued to fish well last week with all fly types and lines producing results, although many anglers favoured a floating line with sink tip and a slow to very slow retrieve. Graham Roberts from Totnes and his boat partner caught 9 rainbows to 5lbs: 'Failed to get a response with damzels so fished deep with lures, picking up fish. Late afternoon there were quite alot of fish surfacing so switched to dries. Fish had to be targeted as just leaving the fly and waiting was futile, however the 5lb fish and another of 2.25lbs came to a dry Sedge. Most exiting way of fishing!' Meanwhile, Mike White from Bovey Tracey caught around 20 rainbows to 2.5lbs: 'A red letter day - started at 8.45 and had 6 fish by 10am along Boat Bay. Moved down bank towards Poplar Bay and had another 8-9 fish in same spot. Moved again to various places and had another 5 fish before finishing at 3.15pm. Best day fishing at Kennick ever!'

Thank you to Mike Herring for his report:

‘It was tougher today. Bright, milky skies never help - and there had been no weekly stocking. All four boats were out and there appeared to be about seven bank anglers. I packed up at 3.30.

The breeze was 'on and off' from the ESE between frequent flat calms.

Temperatures ranged from 5.5C to 13C. The rainbows appeared to have moved away from Home Bay area and were found more easily from Poplar Bay/Clampitts area up to Smithacott/Laployd.

I had 5 in the net, each weighing between1lb 6oz and 1lb 12oz. The last two of them were returned. All were spooned but had empty stomachs.

The early season hatch of small black buzzers is patchy now. I had half a dozen other 'takes', so I think the rainbows were not really 'on'.

Everything came to a Black Tadpole with a fluorescent green head at the end of an 11ft cast.

The flowers are looking lovely, with Flag Irises coming up near the Causeway and Rhododendrons to come. I spotted just one Mallard with three new ducklings. Maybe there are more to come. There are now two pairs of Swallows around and a Heron flew over. Five male Mallards are giving a potential mate a hard time!’

  

Photos: Mike Herring

Wildlife: Cuckoo heard and a pair seen flying over the lake whilst calling, badger, swallows, heron, mallard with 3 new ducklings, 4 sandpipers, Yellowhammer.

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit https://www.kennickflyfishers.co.uk/membership

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Siblyback

Rod Average: 4.30

Ron Wilday from Liskeard caught 7 rainbows between 1.5lb - 2.5lb on cat's whisker and orange blob: 'Started at two meadows, 4/5 cast first rainbow, taken hook deep so kept. John lost a good fish. Moved to Crylla bay, I did not have a touch but John lost another. Noted a few anglers around stocky bay so we moved to this area. Fished here until around 2pm, I netted & returned another 4 while John landed three; one a good 2.5lb. I also hooked several and lost them, one was a good size 4lb ish. Many takes between us keeping interest in staying around stocky bay. With time moving on we moved back into Crylla bay where John was snapped off by a good size fish, lost all three flies. I landed another really hard fighting rainbow, for the last 10mins or so we moved into two meadows where I missed another three but landed my 7th of the day. With the mist starting to roll in we packed up and left looking forward to the next opportunity we have to visit and fish Siblyback again. Another great day bank fishing at Siblyback.'

Wildlife: Tufted ducks, mallards, waders, Canada Geese, cormorants, cuckoo, swallows.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Burrator

Rod Average: 2.50

Jon Rood from Plymouth caught 5 rainbows: 'stayed on floating line using washing line method at Longstone point - couple of nibbles but nothing else. So ventured to back bay where it was sheltered from the breeze  and switched to sinking line with a FAB (coral) and a Blob (orange) and had lots of fun - caught 5 and lost 3. Very hard fighting fish (all returned).' Meanwhile, Paul Ackland from Plymouth caught 1 rainbow at 2lb and 2 browns to 10oz; the first brown on a buzzer, switching to a small CDC to mimic the small black flies on the water to land the second brown and the rainbow.

Wildlife: Swallows, cuckoo, willow warblers.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Stithians

Rod Average: 3.23

Float tuber David Williams from St Just caught 20 over 2 sessions last week (10 per session) using cormorant, Diawl bach and orange blob patterns on intermediate and floating lines with slow retrieve. Nigel Burley from Truro, also float tubing, caught 7 to 2lb on a cormorant fly, while bank angler Tony Chipman from Truro landed 15 rainbows and 1 brownie on bibio, hare's ear and small fry patterns on a floating line with slow retrieve.

  

Photos: Chris Sayer. Rainbow and Blue trout caught on a home-tied green nymph variant, on a floating line with quick, jerky retrieve.

Wildlife: Pair of mallards with 10 ducklings.

For CAST club membership details, please contact Graeme Clements (CAST Club Treasurer) through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Stithianstroutfishing

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Fernworthy

Rod Average: 2.08

Paul Ackland from Plymouth landed 9 browns to 2lb using a dry black Klinkhammer and Hawthorn pattern: 'Had another cracking days angling, catching and releasing nine fish same number as a couple of weeks ago. Good to see fish rising with a good hatch of black buzzers and a few olives. All fish taken on a dry with several missed. Glad the Swallows have returned. Lovely and quiet with only bird song breaking the peace. Fernworthy at its best.'

Wildlife: Swallows, Crested Grebe, Hen Harrier.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Colliford

Rod Average: 4.64

Dean Boucher from Gunnislake caught 12 browns to 1lb on a soldier palmer and black bits: 'Fished dry fly all session. Both patterns catching well. Occasional fish rising. Nice conditions warm with light or at times no ripple.' Chris Tilyard from Fraddon landed 10: 'began with a soldier palmer pulled just below the surface in fresh NE wind, taking 5 fish in the rough water at bottom end of the narrows. By 10am had enough of wind knots and the cold wind and started heading back looking for a more sheltered spot. As the wind dropped the fish began to rise and I switched to dries, with a hares ear hopper proving useful with another 5 fish banked and plenty more slipping the hook!'

Wildlife: Skylark, goldfinches, wagtails, curlew.

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Roadford

Rod Average: 10.00

Rodney Wevill from Launceston caught 12 browns despite a lack of rises, on a tadpole and soldier palmer. Dean Boucher from Gunnislake landed 8 on wets pulled on a floating line (tadpole, soldier palmer, white-tailed zulu).

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford 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].

 

 

DAY AND SEASON PERMITS

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.

BOATS 

 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!)