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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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. Please note that you will need to attend a boat safety and induction talk before you can use a fishing boat on our waters.

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.





Fishery Information

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

Season Date: 3 March – 30 November

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

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, onsite from the Activity Centre or by calling South West Lakes on 01566 771930.

Boat Bookings: 01209 860301. 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: 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

Click here for the trout fishing rules



Gary Champion Tel: 01872 863551

Latest Catch Reports:

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





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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