Roadford Lake

Trout Fishing at Roadford Lake

Roadford Lake, Devon, PL16 0JL
Set in the rolling Devon hills on the edge of Dartmoor, Roadford offers more than 700 acres of Brown Trout fishing to explore by boat or bank. There are many little bays and inlets to explore making it a very appealing. Roadford is one of the best Brown Trout fisheries in the UK and has provided outstanding fishing in the past few seasons particularly by boat but some equally good catches have been from the bank. There have been multiple catches of 30+ fish by boat in a single day. There have been numerous fish over 5lb caught and released with specimens just under 7lb in the past couple of seasons. The best sport has been boat fishing over the aeration pipes in mid-season and fishing by boat towards the bank in the early season taking advantage of the food and shelter the submerged vegetation provides. Roadford also has good hatches of Hawthorn flies in May which provide terrific dry fly fishing. Fishing in 2015 was great when conditions were right. The majority of fish are stocked at 7-10 inch but we do stock fish up to 2lbs.

We have four boats and a Wheelyboat but to guarantee boats please book at least 24 hours in advance. There is also two petrol engines for hire but you may take your own electric outboard. Self-launch for float-tubing and kayak fishing is available at Roadford – please contact the staff on site.

Boat Bookings – Please call to book your boat, opening times at the activity centre are limited until July, particularly during the week. If the centre is closed it does not mean you cannot book a boat but petrol engines will not be available. We can arrange for staff to meet you to prepare boats on days when the activity centre is closed. Centre opening times are located here. To book please call 01409 211507.

Why not try our special ‘Castabout’ season permit which covers all our Brown Trout waters (Fernworthy/Roadford/Colliford and Wistlandpound).

Perch Fishing Opportunity

Roadford will be open for PERCH fishing during July, August and September. The 730 acre water has a large head of Perch, and some real specimens, with fish well over 3lbs having been caught in 2019. It’s the ‘unknown mystery’ that makes this opportunity so appealing – the potential of a real monster uncaught stripey! During 2019 which was the first time we have allowed Perch fishing there were multiple catches of Perch which were over 2lbs.

The Perch fishing is by boat ONLY and boats can be booked on 01409 211507 at a cost of £15 for the day. Day tickets are £10 per person per day and available from the self service permit room at the activity and angling centre. We have a petrol engine which is available at £9 per day or you can bring an electric engine. Oars are provided.

Season Date: 15 March - 12 October

Day Ticket Pricing (bag limit in brackets)

Full Day: £15.50 (4)
Concession: £13.50 (4)
Child 12-18: £5 (2)
Evening: £10.00 (2)
Catch and Release: N/A

Season Ticket Pricing

Full Day: £225.00
Concession: £191.25
All Waters Child 12-18: £100.00
Bag Limit (weekly): 6
Bag Limit (weekly) Child: 4

When purchasing an add on season permit, higher priced fisheries must be purchased first and lower priced fisheries can be added on.

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Species: Brown Trout (fly fishing only)
Season Date: 15 March – 12 October
Day Permits: Available online, onsite at the Activity Centre or self service out of hours.
Season Permits: Available online, onsite at the Activity Centre or call South West Lakes Trust 01566 771930. 
Boat Bookings:  01409 211507
(Fishing engines at Roadford are from 9.30 to 4.30)
 01409 211507

Fishery Info:
Address: Roadford Lake, Near Okehampton, Devon. PL16 0JL
Fishery Size: 738 acres
Best Flies: Pheasant Tail Nymph, Shrimp and Sedge Patterns, Tadpoles, Leech and Black Gnat.
Biggest Fish: 8lb 4oz
Tim Smith: 07527211370, 01726 882210
DS Fly Fishing:

Camping, showers, toilets and free car parking on site. Meals and refreshments available at Roadford cafe.

All Waters Season Permit: Click here to purchase online or call 01566 771930

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Roadford Lake facilities include; cafe, car park, toilet and showers.