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. 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 may be pre-booked and we advise calling in advance to check availability at each fishery.

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 four competitions during the season with two singles, one pairs and one team of four competition. 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 and 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 we 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 Trout with 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 and one at Stithians. The two boats for Siblyback will be available soon.

To book a boat for the fisheries please click here.

News and highlights from the week

Some fantastic fishing this week, with impressive totals and rod averages, which also included Siblyback Best of the Best on Saturday- a write up of the day can be found here.

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: 4.32

Another good week's fishing with some nice fish caught again. Here are a couple of reports from anglers:

Graham L  - Warm day but cool breeze, lots of sun. Fish caught just subsurface, mostly on bibio dropper, slow figure of eight. Some good sport later when some showed interest in my green klinkhammer in the active evening rise.

Al L: Start of the session in the morning plenty rising with fish taking buzzer & beetle. This was along east wall to hawthorn point, moved up to oak tree point for a couple more. So five for the morning session each then all quiet, no fish for a couple of hours around the damn end. We decided to move to the top end, fishing the narrows to Smithacott and Heather bank where we had a cracking end to the day. Fish gone deeper and hitting hard on pulled damsels. Awesome day 22 to the boat between us great condition fish all safely released.

View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 3.5

A week of contrasts; some days very quiet with no real insect hatches to speak of and other days a lot of activity was noted by anglers. Peter P had 5 rainbows, David S had 4 rainbow to 2lbs, James and Kevin had 4 rainbows each, Richard W had a memorable day, enjoying "Siblyback at its best"- see his report below. Graham L had 5 rainbows and 2 browns, Terry F, Roger P and Peter T. all had 4 rainbows. In addition Roger and Peter caught blues and browns respectively.

Richard W

“Started at 10 am. Bright sun with a fresh southerly breeze. I fished along two meadows and bramble bank using a variety of small nymphs, Montanas, and black and peacock spider on floating line. There was little fly life showing and no fish on the surface, I had no takes. Moved on to the west side of lake and eventually found fish moving on the surface on the corner before reaching the dam. Caught all my fish here using a floating line, 16-foot fluorocarbon leader and a weighted fritzy/marabou damsel fly. The wind had veered slightly to the west but still fresh which made casting difficult as a right hander with wind blowing right to left. Fish were active between 1.30 to 3.00pm, most taking at depth with a varied retrieve with pauses. Superb fishing - Siblyback at its best. Second to last fish of the day was a cracking rainbow of 2 1/2 lbs in prime condition, and safely returned. A memorable day.”

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here.

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here.


Rod Average: 3.71

Good week at Burrator, with a healthy rod average. Some good bags including Bob P with 9 fish, Rob S 9 fish, Graeme W 5 fish, Peter M 5 fish, a 2lb 6oz rainbow for Denis B, to name just a few. The fish tended to be slightly deeper throughout the day, with long leaders working well, or intermediate lines to get the fly sub-2ft. However in the evenings the fish came up in the water and were being caught just sub surface.

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here.

Check out our Burrator fishing map here.


Rod Average: 4.27

A fantastic week at Stithians, with most anglers successfully catching - it’s certainly fishing well at the moment. John H had 5 rainbows, J Huckings had 7 rainbows and 1 brown, Phillip L had 4 fish "all in superb condition", Warren C had 6 rainbows, Mike F had 2 rainbows and 2 browns, Simon P- 15 rainbows in a very busy early morning session. Steve T visited several times during the week - thanks to him for his report (see below). Geoffrey A also visited several times catching well each time. John H had 5 rainbows and 2 browns.


Steve T

“Fish caught between 6pm and 9.30pm. Perfect conditions, light breeze, overcast and warm, steady amount of rising fish moving past, majority of fish caught covering rising fish, fish caught both dry and retrieving as a wet, all on surface, catches spread out over time but especially hectic just before dark. Brilliant fishing and lovely condition fish. Thank you to all those responsible for stocking."

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here.

Check out our Stithians fishing map here.


Rod Average – 5.24

Some great bags last week, with almost everyone catching a few fish at least. Jeremy R with 9 fish, Phil S with 7 fish, Paul A with 2 days fishing, one day 12 fish and the other day 13 fish!  Here's a report from Patrick M who had a great day of 16 fish. Fished 9.30am to 4.30pm, overcast with light drizzle most of morning, no sun until 4.00pm. Wind started from SW and then went round to SE but light hooked and lost at least as many fish as netted plus a couple of dozen plucks, snatches, etc with which I did not connect at all. For a couple hours around midday was getting at least one offer every cast. Only fished North shore. Most fish landed were stock fish though occasional natural fish in mix. Nothing larger than 1lb or smaller than 7 or 8 inches.

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here.

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here.


Rod Average: 1.4

A quiet week but some of the anglers who fished did very well. With activity being seen at different times during the day, we have had reports of successful sessions both in the morning and evening. Thanks to Chris B for his report (see below) - he has visited twice this week, catching several fish and also losing a really big brownie. Chris H had 4 fish and was pleased to meet one of our Bailiffs Andy. Chris really appreciated the information Andy offered- thanks Andy. Chris T also had 4 great fish.


Chris B.

“7am start, wind westerly, fished with the wind on my back to the ripple with wets, quite a few carp showing in the shallows, caught the two small fish and missed some offers in the first two hours. As it brightened up the fish moved out and the sport died off, however there where a few hawthorns being blown on so I changed tactics to a dry hawthorn on a longish leader, after an hour of nothing I hooked and lost a very big trout well over 3lb (hook broke on the bend) Gutted to say the least, went home at 12.”

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here.

Check out our Colliford fishing map here.


Rod Average: 1.25

A quiet week for fishing but anglers enjoyed activity during morning and afternoon with most catching happening when there was much needed cloud cover. Jason H had 3 browns and noticed a lot of rises during the evening too. James D also had two browns.

View the full Catch Report here.

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here.

Check out our Roadford fishing map here.

NEWS……here is our 2021 pre-season trout fishing newsletter

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

Tight lines!