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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their bag limit. 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.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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

Complete your Catch Returns online here.

Please send any photos to [email protected].


It’s been a tricky and quiet couple of weeks across the fisheries but last week showed signs of picking up.




Rod Average: 2.14

Paul Compton from Bridport caught 3 rainbows to 3lb 10oz: 'A mixed day of fishing. Conditions seemed perfect: lovely still morning, a little bit of sunshine early and some cloud and a breeze moving in giving a nice ripple late morning/early afternoon. Some fish were cruising up and down the east side of the reservoir, feeding in the top five feet of water, but not a lot of action on the surface (a small hatch, and occasional rises, but nothing prolific). I lost one rainbow on a holographic diawl bach, fished on a floating line, but got into another one fairly soon after, which I landed. Then the fish switched off. I tried lots of different tactics (damsels, various nymphs, cats whiskers, straightlining buzzers) but, barring a couple of tentative tugs, nothing seemed to be coaxing the fish back on. After lunch they switched back on again and I got two on different humungous variations (first with a figure of eight retrieve, second followed a roly poly retrieve and snatched on the hang). Both putting up a cracking fight. After this the fish switched off again. As I was leaving at about 3.30pm the reservoir became alive with rises. I resisted the temptation - I was happy to have had a few fish and a good day out.'

Photos: Paul Compton

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

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.29

Allan Lawson from Plymouth caught 2 rainbows and one small brown: 'Cooler day at Burrator very still to start with the mist still rolling. Started at Bennetts and it was like a millpond yet nothing showing. Moved across to longstone, the northwesterly breeze had picked up which made casting into it tricky at times. I managed a small but lovely brown here, with one rainbow coming from the back bay and another from pig trough. All caught on floating line with an orange & black stalking bug. Very spirited fish in great condition! Not easy fishing but we’ll worth it.'

Photos: Allan Lawson

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 0.00

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

 View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.33

Clive Garland caught 6 brownies on a black and peacock spider off of Thornworthy bank: 'fished late morning until early afternoon, fished the fly sub surface so could see all the takes, slow retrieve,broken cloud and sunshine and a nice ripple on the water, lots of dragonflies about , and lots of swallows and house martins over the water, an excellent 4 hours fishing.'

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 4.00

4 trout caught subsurface on a floating line.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 2.00

Nigel Hoskin from Lifton caught 2 borwnies at approx. 30cm: 'Bright with showers only takes for the day around 4pm sinking line with black feather was best. Tried the inlets close by but nothing doing there but did see a lot of carp feeding in the margins.'

 View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map

Wildlife Round-up: Lots of dragonflies, swallows, house martins at Fernworthy; deer and heron at Kennick.

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!)