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


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 photos of 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.


News and Highlights from the week:


A week of cloud and drizzle producing mixed results across the fisheries this week, with anglers deploying a variety of techniques. Highlights include a rod average of just under 6 at Colliford and a great week for wildlife with one angler being lucky enough to spot three otters at Roadford.


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

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

Places still available for the dates below - To book in please call our office on 01566 771930. Don’t delay!

Burrator – 18 September (New date)

Kennick – 25 September (New date)

Kennick – 2 October

 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).


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: 2.10

Anglers have used a variety of set-ups and tactics this week with mixed results.

Brian Sedgebeer from Islington's evening session produced 5 brown trout on a long shank black/silver muddler size 12 skimmed along the surface, and also an amazing wildlife sighting:

Evening trip, hatch started about 7.30pm Surface feeding all along the narrows, Mostly browns. Female peregrine falcon stooped on a wood pigeon right in front of me, sliced through woody, big cloud of feathers, pigeon managed to get away before falcon made another stoop, Amazing sight/sound of wildlife at its rawest.’

Meanwhile Mark Pearson from Ivybridge caught 1 rainbow at 1.4lb and 2 browns at 1lb on a floating line with slow retrieve. Roy Robinson from Newton Abbot reported no insect life or surface activity during his session on Tuesday but caught 2 brownies from his boat, whereas an insect hatch in the morning produced 4 fish, 2 rainbows and 2 browns to 1lb 14oz, for Jim Punter from Chobham.

Insect hatches seem to have been happening predominantly in the morning, encouraging rises across the reservoir. Jack Brown from South Brent utilised this to catch the largest fish of the week with a 3lb 2oz rainbow: ‘Beautiful overcast morning with signs of rising across the centre of the reservoir. Buzzer hatch was evident through the morning with some splashy rises. First fish was taken on hawthorn point with the other caught on the walk back near the car park.’




View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 0.00

Unfortunately no catches at Siblyback this week, but John Murray from Torpoint captured this image during his session. ‘Dry, overcast, good ripple on water. Floating line with slow figure of eight retrieve. Haven’t been out for a while, was good to wet a line!

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.00

Despite a mostly cloudy, drizzly week with very little fish or insect activity, David Hockin of Teignmouth got a full bag of 6 rainbows (5 returned), fishing  from a boat on a floating line with sink tip during a buzzer hatch. Simon Jefferies from Plymouth got another 3 rainbows of around 1lb, on a Claret Dabbler and Kennick Killer.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map


Rod Average: 0.80

An improvement on last week’s report with 12 trout caught between 15 rods. Simon Peters from Truro caught 2 rainbows to 1.5lb and one 10oz brown during his session on Wednesday: ‘Early morning session, 6am - 8am. Absolutely nothing on the Foam Daddy or Hopper Popper from the surface. Took the two Rainbows fishing a washing line with a mixed retrieve both fish took the Fab and the Brown took the Hopper. A few fish moving but not really feeding on the top. Light wind from North West with Cornish Mizzle.’

Simon returned on Friday when he caught another rainbow at 1lb using the washing line method with mixed retrieves.

Stig Lindholm from Falmouth landed 1 rainbow and 1 brown with a dry dropper on floating line and slow figure of eight retrieve.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 2.17

2 full bags this week for Richard Hoppe from Holsworthy with four 8oz browns on a black gnat and Richard Pleydell from Exeter with 6 on a Kate Maclaren and black midge. Gerald Clark from Plympton caught a 25cm brown on a klinghoffer fly on floating line, while Adrian Burke from Newton Abbot and david Fieldsend from Wembury both caught 1 each.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 5.89

9 full bags and a rod average of just under 6 this week, with Dean Boucher from Gunnislake catching 16 browns at 1lb 4oz mostly on a Foam Beetle and Black Bits, although the best fish of the day took a Red Hopper. Chris Tilyard from Fraddon caught 10 at 25-33cm on a black gnat pattern and GRHE dry fly, while Steve Tarling from Bodmin caught 6 browns to 1.5lb.

Richard Waller from Glpucester had a successful first visit to Colliford, landing 6 browns at 8-14”: ‘Floating line, static, slow and fast retrieve all getting responses. Cloudy, moderate WNW breeze, overcast but dry. My first visit, won’t be the last. The regular anglers were all friendly and helpful. A great place to go back to what fly fishing is all about.’

Plenty of wildlife around the lakes, as demonstrated by SW Lakes volunteer David Conway’s monthly bird count for Colliford: 7 Canada Goose,8 Cormorant,2 Grey Heron,12 Great Crested Grebe,2 Little Grebe,1 Coot,14 Lapwing,70 Lesser Black-backed Gull,2 Herring Gull,2 Buzzard,1 Kestrel,4 Raven,26 Carrion Crow,41 Jackdaw,3 Magpie,5 Blackbird,9 Swallow,4 Spotted Flycatcher,2 Wheatear,1 Stonechat,119 Goldfinch,8 Meadow Pipit,1 Robin and 23 Starling. 1 Red Admiral.

Photo: Chris Tilyard

Photos: Richard Waller Brown

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.43

The brownies are showing signs of becoming more active recently which will hopefully result in some good fishing. Sunday's wind, rain and cloud provided good conditions for John McCallum from Westward Ho! who caught 2 brown trout at 2lb on a floating line with fast retrieve, and Steve Troubridge from Manningtree caught 1 2lb brownie on a floating line during cloudy conditions using a 25ft sinking leader. Meanwhile Andy Watson and his son Ed had great fun perch fishing, landing somewhere in the region of 40 perch, on dropshot lures fished at 15-20ft.

Ed Watson with one of the perch he caught with his dad, Andy.

Wayne Middleton from Okehampton was lucky enough to spot three otters swimming right past him – definitely worth getting out early for!


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

Wildlife Round-up:

Thanks to Mike Herring for reporting his sightings at Kennick: Several Tufted Ducks (diving), 4 Cormorants, Numerous Mallard, Swallows and House Martins, 2 Moorhens, Gulls. Also of course Brian Sedgebeer’s peregrine falcon.

Three otters at Roadford, as well as geese and various birds.

Colliford bird count: 7 Canada Goose,8 Cormorant,2 Grey Heron,12 Great Crested Grebe,2 Little Grebe,1 Coot,14 Lapwing,70 Lesser Black-backed Gull,2 Herring Gull,2 Buzzard,1 Kestrel,4 Raven,26 Carrion Crow,41 Jackdaw,3 Magpie,5 Blackbird,9 Swallow,4 Spotted Flycatcher,2 Wheatear,1 Stonechat,119 Goldfinch,8 Meadow Pipit,1 Robin and 23 Starling. 1 Red Admiral.




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

Tight lines!