Beat 37: South West Lakes Trust
Beat 37: South West Lakes Trust
For full fishery and competition details go to: swlakesfishing.co.uk
Westcountry Rivers Trust is delighted to continue in partnership with the South West Lakes Trust to offer the roving angler an unsurpassed selection of stillwater trout and coarse fisheries which can be accessed with your Westcountry Angling Passport Tokens. Whether you enjoy trout or coarse fishing, are a novice or seasoned angler, prefer stocked or wild fisheries, these lakes provide fantastic sport in some of the Westcountry’s most beautiful surroundings. Passport Tokens can be redeemed against a day’s fishing at any of the South West Lakes Trust’s trout or coarse fisheries. The coarse fisheries include Argal, Upper and Lower Tamar, Porth and 10 other lakes. The trout fisheries include Burrator, Kennick, Wimbleball, Siblyback, Stithians, Colliford, Roadford and Fernworthy and 6 other lakes for trout; Drift in west Cornwall also continues to be included. The trout fisheries combine both rainbow trout and ‘wild’ fisheries which are only occasionally stocked, often with just brownies, providing outstanding sport for naturalised fish. For those seeking this wilder experience we recommend fishing Roadford, Colliford or Fernworthy. All you need here is a 9ft 6wt rod and reel with a floating line, a box of flies, net and off you go. Much of the fishing will occur in the margins so when walking the banks keep back from the water’s edge so you don’t spook fish feeding close in.
Day tickets and boats may be booked using SWLT online booking system. For more information, including 2015 ticket prices, see the Trust’s website (swlakesfishing.co.uk), or telephone the Trust’s Head office (01566 771930) or contact your nearest water.
* Please note: Westcountry Angling Passport tokens are worth £3 each and, in most cases, you will also have to use cash or cheque to make up the correct value of your day permit and or boat hire at SWLT fisheries. Tokens cannot be exchanged for cash.
Brown Trout: 15 March – 12 Oct.
Rainbow Trout: 12 March – 31 Oct. (some venues available into winter check SWLT for details)
Coarse: 15 March – 14 March
Access: various (wheely boats available at some venues)
Lake fishing offers the roving angler a great alternative when the rivers are either in spate or on their bones in mid-summer. They also help to the extend the season as the rainbow trout fisheries usually extend to the end of November and last season Burrator fished through to February! In addition, they offer something a bit different with boats being available on some sites as is kayak fishing and float tubing (Drift). Cross over to coarse species is also gaining popularity with carp and pike now being regularly caught on fly gear.
SWLT day permits can either be bought at the fishery (reception or self-service kiosk) or via local agents. Westcountry Angling Passport Tokens can be used like cash, all you have to do is tear off the first part of your token and present them with any cash needed to make up the cost of the day ticket at the reception (or local agent) or post with the completed SWLT forms at the self-service kiosk; please use SWLT catch return forms. SWLT also run a number of exciting competitions through the season including the prestigious ‘Best of the Best’. For full fishery and competition details go to: www.swlakestrust.org.uk.
iGhillie Fishing Guide
The iGhillie guides provide some invaluable insider tips to some of the beats available on our Westcountry Angling Passport scheme. In this episode we go brown trout fishing at Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
Other beats in this catchment (Tamar & Cornwall)