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 Troutwith 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.


The rainbow trout fisheries have been producing some steady fishing this week as the season winds down to a close on 30th November. With just over a week to go there’s still time to get a few sessions in so don’t forget to purchase your permit!


Rod Average: 1.82

A quiet week for Kennick, with some good catches at the start of the week before picking up again towards the weekend. Float tubers have seen the most success with Kevin Primmer from Dawlish Warren kicking off the week with 7 rainbows at approx. 2lb 12oz each and a combined weight of 14lb 3oz, before retruning later in the week for a bag of 6 weighing in at 13lb 12oz on a floating line with varied retrieves. Brian Sedgebeer from Islington landed 2 rainbows to 1.12lbs from the bank on a blue flash damsel on Monday, and then 9 to 3.3lbs on Thursday from a float tube with a sinking line on the bottom and slow retrieve.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 1.00

The majority of catches this week were from depth, despite sporadic surface feeding activity, with orange blobs and fritz patterns producing some aggressive takes. Alan Clements from Plymouth landed 2 rainbows to 2lb 6oz with a blue flash damsel on intermediate line with figure of 8 retrieve, whilst Al Lawson from Plymouth caught 1 feisty rainbow at 1.5lb on an orange blob fished deep on Friday, after a great session on Monday where he landed 2 small browns and 2 rainbows to 1.5lb:

 ‘Great day on Burry today, though the fishing was difficult. Could have done with some more ripple at times as it was millpond still at times but nicely overcast. Very few fish rising and my fish came to a nomad on an intermediate line stripping. Got one small brown off Longstone, another small brown and a rainbow up at Bennett’s lawn, with the other rainbow taken tight to the trees on Discovery bank.’


Photos: Al Lawson

Pete Laidlaw from Plymouth had 2 takes but failed to land:’ Fished mid-depth to deep, slow retrieve, floating line, sink tip. Only had two takes, both fish not landed. One aggressive take was on the Orange Fritz (never fished that fly before) so will use that fly again if all else fails. Good advice was given by two more knowledgeable anglers (Dennis and Al) about the reservoir and places to fish – thank you both.’

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here





Rod Average: 1.25

Varied levels of surface activity this week with anglers utilising a range of tactics to convert to catches. Simon Peters from Cusgarne caught 6 rainbows to 2lb 8oz on an intermediate line with mixed retrieve, and another 2 later in the week: 'Bites were seldom but took 2 fish just as the light was fading. Both fish in fantastic condition and hard fighting. Taken on sinking line fished across the bottom.' Phil Messenger-Rogers from St Austell caught a 1.74lb rainbow and another 'absolutely excellent fish' at 52cm on a hand-tied fly named after his dog; an 'Orange Katniss'.

Clive Pearce from Perranwell Station caught 2 rainbows and 1 brownie: ‘Intermediate line, 8ft leader with a biscuit booby on the point and an orange blob on one dropper at 4ft. 1st rainbow on the blob, slow figure of eight off the beach at pipe bay/dam bank. Then went over to the end of goonlaze bank later in the day through pure desperation. 2nd rainbow on 3rd cast closely followed by the brownie both on the biscuit booby and faster figure of eight’.

Thank you to Simon Peters for his photo, who remarked: ‘Although the fishing at Stithians is always tough, the fish from the last stocking have been in superb condition and bigger than the 1lb stockies we usually get. It's so

good to see regular catches of fish between 2 and 3 lb. I managed 6 out on Tuesday afternoon and another 2 yesterday fishing from 2pm - 4.30 so it's been a good week.’

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!