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 18 fish for free with a paying adult and part of their 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 must be pre-booked, either by calling 01566 771930 (8.30am - 5.00pm 7 days a week) or online by scrolling to the bottom of your chosen lake page.

You will need to sign a disclaimer before you can take a boat out. Once a year you will need to complete a boat induction – please watch the induction video here

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 several competitions during the season - 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 Trust Fishing. The charity is a member of The Angling Trust. In 2014, the South West Lakes Trust 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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Siblyback Lake, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6ER

Siblyback Lake is situated on Bodmin Moor, offering the striking backdrop of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). An especially atmospheric location, Siblyback embodies different moods as the seasons change: from wild and windy winters to flat calms in the summer, the lake is a special spot in Cornwall.  

The fly fishery is regularly stocked with rainbow trout averaging just under 2lbs, with many fish in the 3-6lb bracket. 

The lake is home to a large population of resident brown trout to 4lbs, which are catch and release only. A ‘catch and release' ticket is available but barbless hooks must be used. Fly fishing only. 

The fish fight hard and quality is superb. Watch out for the fantastic hatch of beetles in May and June, which provide some amazing dry fly action.

Siblyback lends itself to some fantastic boat fishing with great drifts possible. Boats are available for hire, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment. For more information click here. Please note that you will need to attend a boat safety and induction talk before you can use a fishing boat on our waters.

The local fishing club, Siblyback Fly Fishers Association, organises competitions, beginners’ days and social events based at the fishery.

We hold the annual Snowbee Team of Four Bank competition at Siblyback every April - please see our competitions page for more details.




Fishery Information

Address: Siblyback Lake, Near Liskeard, Cornwall. PL4 6ER

Species: Rainbow Trout (fly fishing only)

Season Date: 3 March – 30 November

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

Evening Permits: Available from 3.00pm in April, September and October, 4.00pm in May and August and 5.00pm in June and July.

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

Boat Bookings:  Available online. Please note that you will need to watch a boat safety and induction video before you can use a fishing boat on our waters. A link to this will be included in your booking confirmation email.

Float Tubing: Float tube permits are available to purchase online alongside your permit for £5 per day. View our Float Tubing Good Practise Guidelines

Fishery Size: 140 acres

Best Flies: Montana, Cats Whisker, Siblyback sizzler, beetles, diawl bach

Biggest Fish: 12lb 15oz Rainbow in 2018

Contact: 01566 771930

Click here for the trout fishing rules



Gary Champion Tel: 01872 863551
Tim Smith: 07527211370, 01726 882210 [email protected]
Dave Matthews, 01566 880117, 07583206010, [email protected]

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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.

Find out more here


Siblyback Lake facilities include; cafe, car park, toilets and showers. A children’s play area is also on site.