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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Upper Tamar Lake, Cornwall EX23 9SB

Upper Tamar Lake, nestled on the Devon and Cornwall border, is the perfect spot for your next angling adventure, voted the best still water coarse fishery in the UK in 2021!

Regular 48-hour Carp competitions are held at this popular Cornish fishery, with limited space available. Please check our competitions page for details of other competitions that may affect the number of swims available.

Built in 1977, this 81 acre venue was originally a trout lake until the 1990s when it changed over to a coarse fishery. There are three miles of bank to be explored and several bays and attractive marginal areas, which produce plenty of great sport and some lovely peace and quiet. It is an extremely well stocked fishery with all species and, surrounded by British countryside, it is a beautiful place to fish.

Tamar has carp to the mid 30lb range with a good number of fish over 20lbs. Just over 300 new carp to 35lb have been stocked in the last few years, so expect plenty of fish if the conditions are right. Roughly one in three carp are over 20lbs. Anglers have caught as many as 25 carp in a single 24 hour session. The bigger fish can be elusive but there are many big secrets lurking in the depths!

Tamar is also a big perch mecca stuffed with fish averaging around 2lbs but fish to 5lb have been caught on lures, prawns or worms. 43 Perch, with the smallest being 2lb, were caught during a day session by a single angler a couple of years ago! Tamar has also featured on BBC TV’s Gone Fishing series with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse who enjoyed some great perch fishing at the venue.

There is also a huge head of eels to well over 5lbs for the avid eel enthusiasts.




Regular 48-hour Carp competitions are held at this popular Cornish fishery, with limited space available. Please check our competitions page for details of other competitions that may affect the number of swims available.

Tamar is recognised as a major match fishing competition water. 50lb+ bags of Bream, Skimmers, roach, perch and rudd can be expected to feeder, pole, waggler and whip. Tamar is home to the Preston Innovations Feedermasters grand final, which is arguably the biggest competition in the UK.

Anyone wanting to enter any silver fish festivals can get more details here.

If you would like to enter our Mainline Baits sponsored carp competitions please see more details here.

Fishing Tuition:

Learn to fish with one of our experienced professionally qualified anglers at one of the best still waters in Devon and Cornwall. For more information or to book give us a call on 01288 321712 or email [email protected] 

Fishery Information:

Address: Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9SB

Fishery Size: 81 acres

Number of Swims: 100 (unlimited)

Species: Carp, bream, rudd, roach, perch, eels

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: 01288 321262

Click here for Upper Tamar Lake and South West Water Rules

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Venue Records:

Common Carp: 34.04 February 2018 - Ashley Bunning
Mirror Carp: 36.08 October 2017 - Karl Yates
Bream: 8lb
Perch: 5lb
Eel: 6lb 4oz - 2001, 5lb 10oz - 2016 Alan Judd
Roach: 3lb
Rudd: 1lb 8oz

Stay the night at Upper Tamar Lake:

The fishery has two fishing lodges which are available to anglers at only £15 per person per night. Contact head office to book your stay, telephone 01566 771930.



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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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Upper Tamar Lake facilities include; cafe, car park, toilets, showers and it is a dog friendly fishery.