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.

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Complete your Catch Returns online.

Please send any photos to [email protected].




Photo: Chris Week’s catch from Tuesday evening, weighing a total of 18oz and 15.5oz, caught using a Muddler on a sinking line with slow retrieve early evening.



Rod Average: 3.37

Peter Gilpin from Newton Abbot caught a total of 10 trout from his boat on Friday, landing 4 rainbows to 3.25lb as well as 6 blues to 3lb 12oz on an orange and black booby with slow retrieve. Kennick continues to fish well, producing catches on various flies, lines and retrieval methods.


Photos: Mike Herring. ‘I had an hour of magic to-day when Coch Y Bondus appeared and a few rainbows discovered them! I had the dries ready and caught three cracking rainbows, each one taking like a train! Oddly enough, they ignored the beetle fly and instead took an elk hair sedge(1) and a claret snaffler(2), but they did 'make my day'!

Sadly where I was trying, the beetles lasted for only about an hour and everyone else appeared to be fishing sub surface.

It took me until 2 0'clock to 'bag up' with two more, whereas in Smithacott 'ace' Darren Penfold seemed to take less than an hour to do the same! 'Buzzer' John was out, as was Barry Ware, both having a good day with lots of 'takes'.

Dill and Mark were there at the start, telling us that stocking had taken place, which accounted for the presence of at least bank sixteen anglers, three boats and three float tubers. It was also a lovely day to be out, particularly with the rhododendrons in flower.

I heard the cuckoo again and there were a few more swallows about and some house martins. The pair of Great Crested Grebes are still there along with the all-male tufted ducks plus several cormorants.

Photo: Nick Odle. ‘Here's my bag from my first day at Kennick. All taken on the same home tied Montana type, black with sparkely green and a little black maribou tail. All caught between the trees just up from Clampets. Lots of fish moving about. Had a couple more come off. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. I had a really good day.’

Wildlife: Cuckoo heard, pair of grebes, male tufted ducks, swallows, house martins, heron, buzzards.

To become a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association please visit

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Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here



Rod Average: 4.10

Ron Wilday from Liskeard had a great days fishing, catching 8 rainbows to 3lb: 'Walked all the way around siblyback. Plenty of fish moving but difficult to catch - landed just two Rainbows along west bank, one of them about 3lb.  Wednesday afternoon, AWESOME FISHING - and its about to get better... we fished just along two meadows, I set up with a damsel, cormorant and bibio on the top dropper. Noticed one or two beetles on the water, so changed the point fly to a foam beetle. Surprised it was the Bibio and the cormorant that did the damage. Floating line, just letting it drift in the wind with slow figure of eight retrieve. Fantastic afternoon taking 8 hard fighting rainbows. Lost another five or six, Paul landed another 4 also lost a few, plenty of takes to keep the attention.'


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Rod Average: 3.35

Mike Lunney from Dousland caught 10 rainbows to 1lb 7oz from a boat: 'Nice sunny day with very light wind to start, picking up a bit by noon when the clouds came. Two anglers fishing the banks. Int. line, slow retrieve with very soft takes. Fish could be seen at surface, so cast to these when possible. Only one fish to the buzzer, two taken with Booby as a dry and 2 on the hang. Slow drift from discovery Bank to the Lawn. Could only fish the morning and gone by 1.30. Canada geese all together sat on Narrator Bank before taking to the water. 40 or so gulls sat on the barrier with 3 Cormorants. Another wonderful days fishing.'

Wildlife: Canada geese, cormorants, gulls, mallards, cuckoo heard.

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Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.69

A large beetle hatch created some good surface sport at Stithians last week. John Henderson from Falmouth caught 5 rainbows to 1lb 12oz on damsel and black beetle patterns, among other anglers also finding success with beetle and hopper patterns.


Photos: Simon Peters

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

Steve Holmes fishing Fernworthy on Tuesday for his 57th year, following the patterns of the hawthorn fly.

A quiet and cloudy week at Fernworthy last week with lots of insect activity but few takes. Despite this, anglers still managed a respectable rod average of over 2 fish each with 5 full bags between them. David Redding from Ropley caught 5 on black nymph patterns, while Nick Evens from Exetr and his fishing partner caught 6 each to 2lb.

Photo: Dave Redding. ‘This was the smallest of my 5. Beautiful colours. Then the next one was almost pure silver! Need to get a smaller net to make them look bigger. A most enjoyable day. Had the whole of Fernworthy to myself!’


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here



Rod Average: 5.55

Lots of catches this weekend with the majority of anglers managing to fill their bags and then some. Paul Mockford from St Wenn caught 23 brownies to 30cm on a foam beetle, while Alex Johnstone from St Austell caught 8 and Keith Burnett from Newquay caught 9 on a floating line with fast retrieve.

Wildlife: 3 cuckoos.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.00



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map here





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!)