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.

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 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.

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SW LAKES WEEKLY TROUT FISHERY ROUND UP

Week ending 28 February 2021

 

DAY AND SEASON PERMITS

Permit rooms are closed until further notice. Please purchase your day and season permits here or call 01566 771930. 

CATCH AND RELEASE LIMIT:

Polite reminder: the catch and release limit is 10 fish per day – please can anglers ensure that they do not catch more than this. You're welcome to buy another ticket and continue fishing if you want to catch more than 10 in a day.

 

Last weeks action………

Highlights of last week were:

  • Mr Hext in fine form again at Siblyback with 11 Rainbows and a 2lb Brown from two visits
  • Pat Murphy caught a 3lb Rainbow from Siblyback
  • 20% of anglers caught a full bag at Siblyback
  • Rod average over 3 for Kennick

 

Picture: Rodney Wevill in action at Siblyback courtesy of Roger Truscott…..

 

Burrator and Stithians open this week, 6 March, for day tickets (5 March for season tickets).

Our brown trout waters open on 15 March – Roadford, Colliford, Fernworthy and Wistlandpound

BOATS

We have 4 boats available at Kennick and the two boats for Siblyback will be available soon.

To book a boat for Kennick please click here

Kennick

A cracking weeks fishing at Kennick last week with a good rod average for the time of year and plenty of fish being caught.

Polite reminder: the catch and release limit is 10 fish per day – please can anglers ensure that they do not catch more than this. You're welcome to buy another ticket and continue fishing if you want to catch more than 10 in a day.

 

Rod Average: 3.2 fish per person

Best Locations: Forest Bay and Lawns

Best Flies: Montanas, blobs, diawl bachs

Best Bag: 16 fish for M Ure

 

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here

 

Siblyback

Really good fishing at Siblyback last week for most anglers. The North Shore with Montanas provided the best sport.

 

Rod Average: 2.55 fish per person

Best Locations: North Shore, stocky bay, west bank

Best Flies: Montanas, spiders, orange blob

Best Fish: Pat Murphy 3lb Rainbow, George Hext 2lb Brown

Best Bag: Rodney Wevill 7 Rainbows

 

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here

 

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

 

All the best for the week ahead.

Ben Smeeth