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 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


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!) 




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:

Overcast weather and plenty of insect hatches have provided some great fishing across the fisheries this week. Highlights include a rod average of nearly 6 at Colliford and 10 full bags at Kennick.


Photos taken by Catalin Stanila at Wistlandpound.


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: 2.00

Plenty of insect hatches this week bringing trout to the surface. Roy Gill from Exmouth caught 2 rainbows of 12-14" on a floating line, allowing the fly to drift in the breeze. There was a good hatch of buzzers during Mark Skelley's session with trout feeding off the surface, so a floating line with dry flies worked well, resulting in a catch of 6 2-3lb rainbows and one 2lb brownie. Other notable catches include Brian Sedgebeer from Newton Abbott who caught 4 rainbows of 1lb 10oz-2lb 1oz from a boat on a sinking line with 9ft leader, Mike Herring from Kingsbridge with 3 rainbows and 1 brown on a sinking line in deep water with a very slow retrieve, and Mike White with 3 rainbows on Montana and Brown Sedge:

‘Went fishing (7.45pm) for first time for 2 months because of work and other commitments. Didn’t expect anything or any action but fish started rising! Tried everything for first hour but no interest. Moved to other side of reservoir and remembered that when fish were rising in evening in April, Montanas worked really well. Got a couple almost straight away but most pleasing moment came in last glimpses of sun when sedge were hatching and skating across the surface towards the bank. Decided to cast my brown sedge out as I saw one sedge engulfed by a trout. 2 or 3 casts later, a trout rose and descended with my sedge in its mouth. I struck into a decent 2lb fish which became dinner the night after. Quietly contented!’


View the full Catch Report here

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here


Rod Average: 0.20

A quieter week at Siblyback with 4 of the 5 catch returns received being nil returns. Mr Hoskin from Liskeard caught the 1 trout of the week; a rainbow of 1.4lbs caught on a rabbit minkie from a boat off Northern bay.



View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here



Rod Average: 1.50

Good weather conditions for trout this week with some light rain and cloud cover producing some good fishing: Paul Tidball from Plymouth caught 3 rainbows of around 30cm with a slow retrieve from 2-3ft down, Stephen Carter from Tavistock caught 3 at 1lb-1lb 7oz on a floating line with slow-fast retrieve, M Cekella caught 3 2-2.5lb rainbows and Gordon Slaney from Tavistock caught 2 at 0.75-0.5lbs.

Thank you to Steven Carter for this fantastic picture of a dramatic sky over Burrator:

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.70

Notable catches this week include Simon Peters from Truro with 7 rainbows to 2lb on Tuesday, with most success with a washing-line set up with a slow retrieve, and again on Saturday with 2 browns to 1lb and 3 rainbows to 1.5lb: 'Fished a FAB on the point with a Daddy and Hopper on droppers. Fish didn’t want chase so a very slow fig 8 worked best. Most fish taken on the Daddy including a Double hook up. A Brown on the top dropper then a Rainbow took the FAB during the fight.'

Photo: Simon Peters


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here


Rod Average: 1.25

5 brown trout caught between Eddie Halliday with 1 at 11" and Glen Angel from Teignmouth with 4 at 10-25cm, caught on a floating line with slow retrieve.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here


Rod Average: 5.78

An impressive rod average of nearly 6 fish per person this week, with 9 full bags reported! Among them were Chris Tilyard of Fraddon who caught 9 brown trout at 25-30cm on dry flies ('the best sport was casting into the wind with the fish coming in close.'), Howard Leatherdale from Lechlade who also got 9, and Dave Marr from Saltash with 4 on a bibio and a Kate Maclaren, sub-surface with a slow retrieve.

View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here


Rod Average: 3.78

Lots of activity at Roadford this week, with 4 full bags and a healthy rod average of 3.78. Jamie Gillman from Plympton caught 10 browns up to 2lb on a Diawl Bach, and spotted a 'goliath' trout of 8-10lbs leaping from the water a few times during his session! Dean Boucher, volunteer bailiff from Gunnislake,had a couple of successful sessions with 7 browns up to 1lb 8oz on Thursday and another 5 up to 1lb on Friday evening, all on a floating line. Still plenty of perch about for those targeting them; Perch angler Peter Hutton from Gillingham caught  30 at around a depth of 22-35ft, the warm and bright conditions having pushed them into deeper waters.


View the full Catch Report here

Read our guide to fishing at Roadford here

Check out our Roadford fishing map 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).


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

Tight lines!