Coarse Fishing

Our coarse fisheries include over 275 acres of water with fisheries ranging in size from 2 to 81 acres. Our established lakes are located in outstandingly beautiful and secluded rural areas across the South West.

At South West Lakes Trust Fishing we offer more than just great angling, our unique fisheries are matched with a recognised reputation for great fish quality.

Enjoy the tranquility that our waters provide with established tree-lined banks, lily pads and weed beds with natural woodlands surrounding the lakes. Our coarse fisheries offer a peaceful setting within picturesque and wildlife-rich surroundings.

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3,500. Season tickets are available online. Day tickets are bookable through Catch. Download the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

Facilities include onsite cafes, parking, toilets, showers, wheelchair access platforms, on-site permit rooms and easy access paths and swims.

SW Lakes Fishing Trust is managed by South West Lakes Trust.

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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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Due to some essential maintenance, the number of swims on both sides of the lake are limited.

Porth Reservoir, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4JS

Porth Reservoir, set in a steep sided valley surrounded by woodlands just outside Newquay, is a beautiful destination for your next fishing escape.

This Cornish coarse fishery is very mature with overhanging treelines and large beds of lily pads and weed. It contains carp to 34lb and is home to some stunning fish such as ‘Arnie’ which is a very sought after mirror regularly caught over 30lbs.

Porth currently has approximately 6 fish over 30lbs and there is a great head of back up 20’s with the majority of fish over 25lbs. There are bream to 12lbs, rudd to 2lb, roach to 2lb plus pike to 24lb and perch to 5lb. There is also a small number of tench but they are elusive.
Match and pleasure weights up to 50lbs are possible to pole and feeder and it can provide some lovely waggler fishing.

Competitions: Porth is a great competition water. Please more information or for bookings please call 01566 771930.
Accessibility: There are Wheelchair accessible platforms just below the car park.

The pike fishing is winter only, from 1 October to 29 February



Fishery Information:

Address: Porth Reservoir, Nr Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4JS

Fishery Size: 40 acres

Number of Swims: 80

Species: Carp, bream, rudd, roach, tench, pike, perch, eels

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

Pike Fishing Close Season: 1 March - 30 September

Day Permits: Book through CatchDownload the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

Season Permits: Available online or by calling South West Lakes on 01566 771930

Contact: 01288 321262

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 30.04lb
Mirror Carp: 35lb 12oz
Bream: 12lb
Pike: 22lb
Perch: 4lb
Eel: 4lb
Roach: 3lb
Rudd: 1lb



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Whenever you leave the lakes, remember to Check, Clean, Dry

Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish. Protect the environment and sport you enjoy by cleaning your kit before and after using the water.

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Porth Reservoir facilities include; car park, wheelchair friendly access and toilets