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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DAY AND SEASON PERMITS

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

REMINDER – 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. 

RAINBOWS 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.

 

Highlights of last week were:

  • Some fantastic fish at Kennick- rainbows and brownies- with Martyn G’s rainbow of 4lbs 7oz making best bag of the week
  • Great surface action at Burrator, yielding some nice brownies
  • Fernworthy offering some excellent evening fishing- again, with lots of takes in the upper layers and surface making spectacular sport

 

BOATS

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.

 

Kennick

This week again we are aiming to stock with hundreds of Rainbows so the fishing for Easter weekend and the next few weeks will be really good. Look out for some larger fish in excess of 3lbs.

Information of note:

Great fishing despite changeable conditions, slow retrieves in deep water were the order of the day with Montana being the popular choice.

Just a polite reminder- can all boat users be mindful of the distance they are from other anglers to ensure enjoyment for all.

Check out the Kennick fishing map here

The Kennick fishing guide is here

 

Siblyback

We are stocking with hundreds of Rainbows later this week so the fishing for Easter weekend and the next few weeks will be really good. Look out for some larger fish in excess of 3lbs.

Information of note:

Some tricky fishing this week, but anglers noted some really enjoyable sessions with favoured locations being Stocky and Crylla bay on Montana

Read our guide to fishing at Siblyback here

Check out our Siblyback fishing map here

 

Burrator

We are stocking with hundreds of Rainbows later this week so the fishing for Easter weekend and the next few weeks will be really good. Look out for some larger fish in excess of 3lbs.

Information of note:

Noticeable late Morning and late afternoon successes, with good activity in the Margins and lots of surface activity noted. 2.61 rod average.

Read our guide to fishing at Burrator here

Check out our Burrator fishing map here

 

Stithians

We are stocking with hundreds of Rainbows later this week so the fishing for Easter weekend and the next few weeks will be really good. Look out for some larger fish in excess of 3lbs.

Information of note:

Pipe Bay, Golden Lion Point were the favoured locations this week and flies being fairly varied from Black Buzzer size 14, Damsel flies, bloodworm patterns on dropper, Tadpoles Black and Green and a producing a Rod average of 1.53

Read our guide to fishing at Stithians here

Check out our Stithians fishing map here

 

Fernworthy

Information of note:

A 3 fish rod average, with floating lines the popular choice and beetles and Blue Zulus bringing in the fish.

Read our guide to fishing at Fernworthy here

Check out our Fernworthy fishing map here

 

Colliford

Information of note:

Some fantastic evening sessions on Bibios bringing great results, and Anglers making use of the flatter water during some tricky conditions.

Read our guide to fishing at Colliford here

Check out our Colliford fishing map here

Roadford

Information of note:

A 3.0 rod average mostly taken from boats in the bays, achieving brownies of over 2lbs.

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 near future.

Dil