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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Trenchford Reservoir, Devon TQ13 9DP

Visit Trenchford Reservoir on Dartmoor and enjoy the spectacular scenery whilst fishing for pike up to 27lb. The reservoir, which is nestled amongst farmland and woodland, offers a peaceful atmosphere for your next angling escape in Devon.

This popular fishery is very deep in places and there are large features for the Pike to hide around.

The average size of fish is 10-14lbs and both dead baits (sea fish only) and artificial plugs and lures work well.

Methods that can be used: Spinners, plug, fly and dead sea fish (no live baiting)

Carp Fishing: There is no carp fishing on Trenchford. Carp fishing is now on Tottiford by season ticket only. 


Fishery Information:

Address: Trenchford Reservoir, near Christow, Devon, TQ13 9PD

Fishery Size: 33 acres

Number of Swims: 6 when full water level, unlimited when lower water levels in the summer

Species: Pike and perch

Fishing Times: Open all year, dawn until dusk

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

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

Contact: 01647 252898

Click here for Trenchford Reservoir and South West Water Rules

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Venue Records:

Pike: 27lb
Perch: 3lb



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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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Trenchford Reservoir facilities include; car park and toilets