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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Roadford Lake, between Okehampton and Launceston, Devon PL16 0JL

Set in the rolling Devon hills on the edge of Dartmoor, just off the A30, Roadford is primarily a brown trout fishery. Carp fishing has now been introduced as a removal project for the month of April 2024. 

There is a large stock of carp in Roadford, and this period of carp angling will be used to remove the carp and move them to other lakes for restocking purposes. 

Carp fishing is permitted in eight swims: on the west side of the lake, left of the old road of ‘Big Oaks’ and the Grinnacombe bank. 

Fishery Information:

Address: Roadford Lake, Near Okehampton, Devon. PL16 0JL

Fishery Size: 738 acres

Number of Swims: Six available for 24 hours and two day swims

Species: Carp

Fishing Times: Two months of the year - April and September 2024, 7am-7pm for day swims

Permits: Available online or from South West Lakes on 01566 771930

Contact: 01566 771930

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Car park grid reference: SX 42205 91362

Click here for Roadford Lake and South West Water Rules.

Catch reports:

Please send in your catch reports to help us monitor the carp stocks in the lake.

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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. Find out more here


Roadford Lake facilities include: cafe, car park, toilet and showers.