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:

If you notice any incidents which may be of concern during your visit, including poaching, we would be very grateful if you could complete the short form at the following link, which will help us build a picture of incidents that impact on your fishing, enabling us to address them more effectively over time. Thank you.

Complete Form

Last week’s fishing report for the Rainbow waters is below our lockdown fishing statement

Trout fishing statement:

SW Lakes Fishing during lockdown – Covering the period 5 November to 2 December

Fantastic news…….our Rainbow trout fisheries can remain open but you must read and adhere to the information below which highlights the restrictions now in place so we can continue to fish.

  • You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.
  • Adhere to social distancing measures: Hand, Face and Space.
  • Competition fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown.
  • You can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Go local wherever possible
  • Boat fishing can continue and the boat fishing rules and regulations during covid-19 remain in place.

Please note:

Our fishing permit rooms are closed and day permits will only be available online from our website or from our office Monday to Friday 9.00am-4:30pm on 01566 771930. You can buy a permit as far in advance of your fishing as you would like.


With permit rooms being closed you can get your permits here for each lake:

Kennick Bookings
Siblyback Bookings
Stithians Bookings
Burrator Bookings

Here’s what happened last week at the four Rainbow waters…….


The top rods last week were Matt Baines and M Goldsborough who both caught 8 fish, one from the boat and one from the bank! Matt Baines also had the best fish of the week with a 3lb 5oz Rainbow.

Alan Judd had 5 fish by boat and had this report for us:

‘Weather conditions – cloudy with occasional drizzle. Fish caught throughout the day. Fish hard on the bottom therefore fished a Di8 line with a very short leader (18”) with either a candy (green and white with pink eyes) or coral booby. Very slow retrieve. Fishing not easy but steady. Had another great day – many thanks!’

The best location from the bank last week was Poplar Bay and from the boat central waters fished deep worked very well.

The best flies were Cats Whiskers, Boobies & Gold Headed Damsels.

We will have 4 boats available until the end of November and two boats available up to and including 17 December.

Check out the Kennick fishing map here.
The Kennick fishing guide is here.


We didn’t receive any online returns for Siblyback last week but we know there were people fishing. Please can you ensure you complete a return (even if it is a NIL). We have stocked a lot of fish since September and I anticipate some of those fish will be edging back closer to the banks now and within casting range.

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here.
Check out our Siblyback fishing map here.


Gold head damsels were the best flies last week at Burrator accounting for the majority of fish caught. There were Rainbows, a Blue and a Brown caught last week with Longstone Point being the best area (see the below map link).

The 3 hour anytime ticket for just £13 is a great option if you only have a few hours of free time.

If you fancy fishing by boat you need to become a member of the Burrator Fly Fishers Association.

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here.
Check out our Burrator fishing map here.


We stocked last week with 450 hard fighting quality Rainbows. There were several fish caught last week and there were a few small flies around on the water. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Roger Marks had a blue and a Rainbow to just under 2lbs – both returned
  • Richard Keast had a Rainbow on a size 12 cormorant from Goonlaze
  • Warren Chegwidden caught 3 rainbows and 3 browns on his visits using Diawl Bach’s and cormorants from Golden Lion point and the North bank
  • Paul Burgess had two rainbows on Damsels to 1lb 8oz
  • Graeme Clement had a brace of Rainbows using black and peacock and Kate Mclaren flies fished from Yellowort Point

Looks set for some good sport this week at Stithians.

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here
Check out our Stithians fishing map here


We have 4 boats available at Kennick and one at Siblyback.


Here are the links to book a boat which can only be done online or by calling our office on 01566 771930.

Siblyback Boat Bookings
Kennick Boat Bookings: Kennick has 4 boats available and they have been fishing superb!

All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth – Head of Angling