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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 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. 

Latest News

  • SW Lakes Fishery Round Up

    With a lot of our staff off now until 2021, that’s it for this season with the catch reporting. I hope you have enjoyed the weekly reports from the fisheries and this weekly summary throughout the year. Read more

  • Trout Fishing End of Season Newsletter 2020

    What a year it has been – I hope this finds you safe, well and having spent plenty of time out fishing. I do feel that we have been very lucky to have as much fishing time as we have, considering a lot of other outdoor activities have not been permitted. Read more

  • SW Lakes Weekly Trout Fishery Round Up - W/E 13 December 2020

    There was still some good fishing to be had last week. It’s looking pretty mild the week ahead so a great time to wet a line before we close our Rainbow waters on the 24th of December. Read more