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 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

DAY AND SEASON PERMITS

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!) 

 

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.

 

News and Highlights from the week:

 

 

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


Kennick – 25 September


Kennick – 2 October

 All the information and rules can be found here: https://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/best-of-the-best

 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.

Kennick  

Rod Average: 1.19

The fish seem to be favouring deeper water at Kennick this week, with boat and float tube anglers having the most success. The trout were on the bottom when Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught his two 2lb rainbows from the narrows on a lime green mop head, and Robert Alexander Boniface from Exeter caught his four 2lb rainbows and one 1lb brownie on a sinking line fished deep, before the trout began to rise in the evening when he missed several takes on a dry fly emerger. Also some respectable catches from bank anglers, with Roy Gill from Exmouth landing 2 rainbows on a hare's ear with a slow retrieve just under the surface during a rise, and John Oliver Soul from Pillaton catching 3 at 2lb on a dry daddy long-legs. Richard Ball from Exeter got the biggest fish of the week with a 3lb rainbow caught on a damsel in the Clampitts area.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here

Siblyback

Rod Average: 0.00

Another week of blanks for Siblyback anglers this week. Insect life is also incredibly low for the time of year, and most rises seem to be occurring at sunset. 

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here

Burrator

Rod Average: 1.17

Andrew Brown from Chelmsford matched the current season records with another 3lb rainbow on Monday, alongside 2 at 2lb. George Humble-Smith had the pleasure of being joined by an Adder swimming alongside his float tube during his session, when he caught one brownie at 1lb, while Chris Haydon from Plymouth landed 2 rainbows to 1lb 5oz and one brownie at 0.75lb.

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here

Stithians

Rod Average: 0.64

Flat calm water and bright sunshine creating tricky fishing conditions this week with minimal rises despite an abundance of insect hatches. Simon Peters from Truro caught 2 rainbows at 1.5lb during his early morning session, using a sink tip fished on washing line set-up with Fry Pattern fly and FAB, with one missed take on a foam daddy. Mike Freeman from Redruth caught a lovely wild brown on a 3Wt setup with a size 16 barbless dry fly, while Roger Clark from Truro caught 2 rainbows to 1lb 8oz on a foam beetle.

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here

Fernworthy

Rod Average: 1.74

Fernworthy has fished better this week compared to earlier in the month with a total of 40 fish caught, with more rises reported than of late. Gordon Millar from Holsworthy caught 4 rainbows and 1 brown on a floating line with 10ft leader fished 2ft below the surface with a slow retrieve, while Stewart Pinn who was accompanying caught 2 small browns on a floating line with medium-fast retrieve. David Tremaine from Buckingham caught 2 browns at 24-26cm despite the lack of insect hatches or fish showing during his session, on a floating line with 12ft leader and slow retrieve.

Eric Kuchenbecker from Plympton caught 5 brownies to 1.5lbs on Diawl bach and black klinkhammer: ‘Sunny day with Easterly wind blowing off dam, afternoon rise which was great sport with fish rising to black fly and sedge patterns. Loads of House Martins around in large gatherings taking on water probably getting ready for their long journey home. Not much terrestrial fly life around but plenty of Damsel flies.’

Paul Ackland from Plymouth also had a good day with 9 brownies to 1lb 8oz: ‘Seven fish taken on dry sedge size fourteen, remainder on gold head nymph suspended under size twelve dry fly. Sunny periods with cool east wind. Fish started to rise early afternoon and eager to take a dry fly. First time fished for about a month, while waiting for slightly cooler conditions. Water level high considering its late summer. Large number of swallows present, along with a couple of jays. Good to rising fish at Fernworthy. Really good days angling.

Thank you to Steve Slinger from Pulburough for his report and pictures: ‘Started on wets for the first three and switched to dry when surface activity became more apparent. All fish caught between 11am and 2.30pm when the temperature had warmed up. Witnessed a first for me - a 1lb trout grazing on the roots of a tree tight into the margins in no more than 2 inches of water! Observed for 5 mins with back out of the water happily munching!

Pictures: Steve Slinger

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here

Colliford

Rod Average: 3.92

The fish have been lively on and off this week with plenty of catches but also several bites and quick takes that have failed to convert to catches. Richard Skaife from Shaftesbury found that evening worked best, and a floating line with long leader fished slowly produced 3 browns to 20cm. David Marr from Saltash also had most of his takes in the evening, landing a 20cm fish on a fast retrieve. Dean Boucher from Gunnislake had another successful couple of sessions, landing 9-10 browns per session despite a lack of rises, while Phil Messenger-Roberts who joined him from St Austell also managed 14 hard-fighting and beautifully marked fish and lost many more:

‘Met up with Dean Boucher, good company and an excellent days fishing. Loads of fish caught and many more missed or lost. The breeze was between 4 and 10 mph and predominantly from the East and North East, some fly life from the banks and many fish moving. To start with dry teams were winning it, but as the morning went on and the breeze got up the fish turned onto pulled traditional flies - the soldier palmer commanding most of the interest. Later as a bit of cloud came over (fleeting to say the least) then had more response from the daddy. Takes were savage at times and I found I was moving up a line rather than down when I changed leader. Splendid day- need more like it!’

Photos: Graeme Webster

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here

Roadford

Rod Average: 0.00

The trout are still proving somewhat elusive at Roadford, but plenty of fun to be had for perch anglers with Nigel Easton from Plymouth catching 20 on a Damsel and Diawl Bach.

 

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here

 

Wildlife Round-up:

Adder spotted swimming alongside George Humble-Smith in his float tube at Burrator, House Martins, damsel flies, swallows and jays at Fernworthy, Grey squirrel spotted swimming from one bank to another and ducks feeding at Kennick.

  

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

Tight lines!

Dil