South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report – July 2019

The weather was generally hot and sunny throughout the month, with air temperatures high both day and night, and water temperatures well over 20ºc which, along with very little rain to freshen the water, meant that fish generally headed to the cooler deeper water and fishing on the lakes has not been easy.


Kennick – The majority of fish were caught from the boats, which were able to access the deeper waters of Boat Bay, the Dam and the middle of the fishery. In spite of Coch-y-bondhu beetles and Alder flies being blown onto the water, only the occasional fish could be tempted to the surface to take a Daddy, particularly in early mornings. The majority of fish were caught either on larger nymph patterns (Damsels and Montanas) fished mid-water, or deeper fished lures (such as Cats Whiskers, Tadpoles and Boobies). Teams of Buzzers, fished over varying depths, also accounted for a few decent fish. Mr. A.Algar (from Northlew) caught a brace of Rainbows of 3lb 6oz and 3lb 3oz while fishing the deeper water from a boat, and a number of full bags were caught, again using sinking lines from a boat to cover the deeper water. The water level is still full, but is anticipated to start dropping soon.

Siblyback – Surprisingly, in spite of the high temperatures, anglers have preferred to fish from the banks, with the North Shore, Crylla, West Bank and Two Meadows the most popular areas. In spite of some insect activity on the surface, and fish showing off the North Shore, anglers have mainly found success with sub-surface patterns – either Diawl Bachs on an intermediate line, or brighter lures (such as Cats Whiskers and Baby Dolls) fished on a sinking line. The larger fish were generally not interested in feeding and a 2lb Rainbow caught by Mr. K. Chear was the best fish caught during the month.

South West Fishing For Life at Siblyback Lake

Burrator – The water level is now down to 62% full, which means that more areas are now accessible from the bank and there is plenty of room for back-casting. Early mornings (5.00am) produced some excellent fishing from the banks, with the fish actively feeding and plenty rising to Hawthorn Flies and hatching Buzzers. The West Bank (Lawns and Discovery Point), the bank at Longstone and Sheepstor Dam have all provided some excellent sport. Beetle patterns and Black Klinkhammers are producing good results on the surface, while sub-surface Diawl Bachs, Kate McClaren and Buzzers, along with deeper fished Tadpoles, have all caught well. An early morning start for local angler Stuart McCullough produced a bag of eight Brown Trout, including the best fish of the month – a stunning 3lb 2oz Brown, all caught on a Kate McClaren while fishing by the boulders on the left hand side of the Lawns.

3lb 2oz Brown Trout at Burrator

Stithians – In spite of the hot conditions, the fish are Stithians are still looking to the surface to feed, and many spooned fish indicate a diet of beetles. The majority of fish have been caught on a selection of dry patterns (including Deer-hare sedges, Brown sedges, Brown Hoppers, Buzzer emergers and parachute Bibios), with the best locations including the banks at Chapel, Pub Bay, Sluice, Hollys Bank and the bank by the Dam. The best fish caught during the month was a 2lb 3oz Rainbow, caught by Mr Gregory from Falmouth.

Roadford – With only a few surface-feeding fish evident, most of the action at Roadford has been with sub-surface patterns (although the occasional fish was tempted to a dry Sedgehog), with both boat (over the boils) and bank anglers catching fish. A selection of wet patterns on floating lines caught fish, particularly Blue Flash Damsels, Claret Pheasant Tails, Spiders, Soldier Palmers and Black Tadpoles, with the best results to be had when fished in teams. Both Dean Boucher and Mr Shepherd caught bags of Browns up to 1lb 4oz.

Fernworthy – The Brown Trout have continued to look to the surface to feed, primarily on beetles and buzzer emergers, although as the month progressed the fish moved to the deeper water. Most fish were caught on floating lines, either using dry Bibios, beetle patterns and hoppers or subsurface spiders, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. ‘Boat Fortnight’ at Fernworthy started halfway through July and proved to be a popular option, especially as the fish had started to migrate to deeper waters. Boathouse Bay, Potters Bank and the South bank were the most popular areas to fish, with good bags of fish caught by both boat and bank anglers – Mr E.Smith caught the best bag, of 21 fish, whilst fishing from the bank.

Colliford – The cooler deeper water by the dam proved to be the most popular and, although plenty of fish have been rising, sub-surface nymph patterns (such as Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails and Invictas) fished on floating or intermediate lines proved to be the most successful. Browns of 1lb were caught by P.Messenger-Rogers and J.Drew.