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.


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:

If you notice any incidents which may be of concern during your visit, including poaching, we would be very grateful if you could complete the short form at the following link, which will help us build a picture of incidents that impact on your fishing, enabling us to address them more effectively over time. Thank you.

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Stithians Lake, near Redruth Cornwall TR16 6NW 

Stithians Lake is a majestic water; as the largest inland water in West Cornwall, the reservoir is both full of activity and a tranquil retreat, boasting some inspiring views.

One of England's most westerly trout fisheries, Stithians is regularly stocked with rainbow trout up to 6lb and contains a good natural head of brown trout, which come alive in the summer months for catch and release fishing. They fight well and their condition is superb.

Only fly fishing is permitted, from both bank and boat. Large numbers of hawthorn flies guarantee good, dry fly fishing in the first part of the season, while the large number of sticklebacks and rudd allow autumn fry-bashing to produce some exciting sport.

Tuition is available from local instructor Gary Champion (01872 863551), who can cater for groups and individuals. The local fishing club (CAST) organises competitions and social events. To join the club or their competitions, please contact Richard Keast.

The best flies are: montana, viva, buzzer patterns, cats whisker and invicta.

This is a £2000 BEST OF THE BEST WATER - see our competition page for more details





Fishery Information

Address: Stithians Lake, Near Redruth, Conrwall. TR16 6NW

Season Date: 6 March – 30 November

Species: Rainbow Trout and Natural Brown Trout (fly fishing only)

Day Permits: Available online, self-service on site or by calling South West Lakes Trust 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, onsite from the Activity Centre or by calling South West Lakes Trust on 01566 771930.

Boat Bookings: 01209 860301

Float tubing: View our Float Tubing Good Practise Guidelines

Fishery Size: 274 acres

Best Flies: Montana, Viva, Buzzer Patterns, Cat Whisker, Invicta

Biggest Fish: 11lb 4oz Rainbow 2018

Tuition: Gary Champion Tel: 01872 863551

Contact: 01209 860301



Gary Champion Tel: 01872 863551

Latest Catch Reports:

These catch reports are only possible if you fill in a catch return

SW Lakes Trout Fisheries Weekly Round Up - W/E 13 November

SW Lakes Trout Fisheries Weekly Round Up - W/E 6 December



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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


Stithians Lake facilities include: cafe, car park, toilet and showers