- a guide to the best places to fish in the South East


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Alderwood Ponds Coarse Fishery

Alderwood Ponds Coarse Fishery - Steyning

Alderwood ponds coarse fishery is a friendly family run fishery that has been running over 25 years and whom have won awards from Anglers Mail for being one of the best rated fisheries in England.

The fishery is made up of 3 picturesque ponds:- Island pond, Daves pond and Corsican pond. The waters hold some good size fish with carp to nearly 40lb, perch to over 5lb, roach to 3lb and some stunning tench to around 10lb.


Ardingly Reservoir

Ardingly Reservoir | Coarse Fishing

Ardingly Reservoir is a 198 acre water, set in the heart of West Sussex, built in 1978 as a drinking supply reservoir. The reservoir is extremely deep and can hold around 5,000 million litres of water. The reservoir is filled from the River Ouse when the river is at high levels.. The area has now been designated as a nature reserve and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The fishing at Ardingly Reservoir is run on a day and season ticket basis and is very popular for predator fishing with some good size pike and perch, there is also some good match fishing to be had with a range of fish species including Carp, bream, tench rudd, roach, gudgeon and Eels.


Bury St Austin Fishing Lakes

Bury St Austin Fishing Lakes, CDAS (Club water)

Located near the market town of Horsham, West Sussex is Bury St.Austin Fishery. The club venue is made up of 2 fishing lakes stocked with a mix of fish species including carp to 30lb, Tench, Bream, Perch, Roach, Eels and Gudgeon. The lakes have some good features to fish with overhanging shrubs, marginal water plants and the top lake has a number of lilly pads spaced around the lake.


Busses Farm LakeBusses Fishing Ponds, Rookery Angling Club

Located on the outskirts of East Grinstead is Busses Farm Ponds a venue that is run by Rookery angling club. The fishing venue is made up of 2 ponds that are around 1/2 an acre each in size. Little is known about the venue's fish species as the water is relatively unknown other than there are stocks of carp, rudd and roach. Features to fish include marginal reeds, overhanging shrubs and a small island.


Duncton Mill Trout Fishing LakesDuncton Mill Trout Fishing Lakes

Duncton Mill is a beautiful trout fishery located in Duncton near the small town of Petworth, West Sussex. The fishery is made up of 4 trout fishing lakes that are stocked with some quality fighting Rainbow trout, Brown trout and Tiger trout that weigh 2lb upwards. The picturesque setting and stunning wildlife all adds to the days fishing.


Duncans PondDuncans Pond, Pulborough Angling Society

Located in the large village of Pulborough, West Sussex is Duncans Pond, a small and reasonably shallow water that is stocked with some large roach, rudd, perch, gudgeon along with a few carp and tench. Despite the small size of the fishery the water is popular with Pulborough Angling Society members with some anglers joining just to fish this pond for its excellent fishing. Parking and local amenities are both close to the pond.


Electricity Pond Fishery

Electricity Pond Fishery - Hassocks Angling Club

Electricity Pond is a small pond located near to an electricity sub-station, hence the pond was aptly named. The Electricity Pond has some tightly packed foliage surround some of the pond with some foliage overhanging the water. This pond is stocked with carp, crucian carp, tench and rudd.


Flintstones Pond Fishery

Flintstones Pond Fishery - Hassocks Angling Club

The Flintstones Pond fishing area consists of a lake and some of the river Adur. The lake holds common carp, mirror carp, crucian carp, roach, rudd and some good sized eels. The stretch of the river Adur holds a variety of river fish including pike, chub, perch and roach. The Flinstones Pond fishing lake has a scattering of trees positioned close to the banks; the foliage of the trees is generally high.


Frylands Pond

Frylands Pond Fishery - Hassocks Angling Club

Frylands Ponds consists of two small, secluded fishing ponds. The ponds are surrounded by a lot of foliage, reeds and overhanging trees. The ponds are stocked with common carp, mirror carp, roach and rudd. Frylands Pond Fishery is controlled by Hassocks & District Angling Society.


George Cragg Pond

George Cragg Pond, Hassocks Angling Club

The George Cragg Pond is a popular fishing venue amongst anglers which fairly recently had a major facelift (2007-2008). The lake has been increased in size by about a third and the depth set to a maximum depth of 13 feet. The fishery has eight man-made swims of which two of the swims have been made suitable for wheelchair users.


Goose Green Fishing Lakes

Goose Green Fishing Lakes, Pulborough Angling Society

Located near to the village of Ashington in the heart of the West Sussex county is Goose Green Fishery, a fishing complex made up of 6 lakes that are popular with both pleasure and match anglers, the waters hold around 75 pegs between them with many features to fish including lily pads marginal reeds and overhanging shrubs and trees. Woodlands surround the lakes which provides some stunning wildlife where you may spot Buzzards, Nightingale, tree creepers, great tits, long tailed tits..


Gotwick Lake

Gotwick Lake, Rookery Angling Club

Located near East Grinstead on the picturesque Gotwick Manor private estate is a 2 acre fishing lake set in West Sussex countryside. The lake holds a mix of coarse fish including: mirror, common and crucian carp, roach and rudd, along with some nice predator fish with perch and some pike into double figures. The lake is surround by woodland which holds some stunning wildlife. There are many features to fish with lily pad beds, overhanging shrubs and trees.


Hickstead Lakes

Hickstead Lakes - Hassocks Angling Club

Hickstead fishery is made up of two lakes that are well stocked with a number of carp along with Roach and Rudd. The waters have some nice features with large clumps of lily pads, overhanging shrubs and marginal reeds. Hickstead Lakes Fishery is controlled by Hassocks & District Angling Society.


Hunters Lodge Fishery

Hunters Lodge Fishery

Hunters Lodge Fishery is made up of 2 fishing lakes located by the village of Copthorne near Crawley, West Sussex. Both fishing lakes have many features for anglers to fish. Lakes include Jack's Lake which holds a mix of fish including silvers, good size carp and pike to over 20lb, making for a great days sport fishing. The second lake holds some good specimen carp to over 40lb and catfish to over 55lb.


Lake View fishery

Lake View Fisheries

Located on the Sussex / Surrey border is the day ticket water of Lake View Fishery a peaceful and secluded lake that is 5 1/2 acres in size, holds 30 swims and that is surrounded by beautiful woodland trees. The lake is over 200 years old and stocked with a good head of carp to over 20lbs, tench, perch, roach and rudd.


Masons Lake

Masons Lake - Hassocks Angling Club

A large picturesque lake surround by woodland. This shallow water is no more than 1 meter deep and surround by overhanging trees, bushes and marginal reeds. Holds some good sized Roach and Rudd along with a number of Wild Carp.


Menards Carp Fishery Lake

Menards Carp Fishery - Horsham

Menards is situated in a quiet tranquil setting within a 10 acre complex surrounded by mature oak trees on the edge of St Leonards forest. The 6 acre Specimen Lake is an out and out carpers paradise. Originally being 2 specimen lakes constructed in the late 90's and sympathetically joined together.


Mill Pond

Mill Pond Fishery - Storrington, Pulborough Angling Society

Located in the village of Storrington, West Sussex is Mill Pond a small and picturesque water stocked with skimmers, roach, rudd, a few carp and small trout. There is ample parking for anglers to use right next to the pond making it ideal for young and disabled anglers with easy access to the waters edge.


Mill Pond

Mill Pond Fishery - Hassocks Angling Club

Mill Pond is a feature rich lake that has large patches of lilies, overhanging trees, shrubs and an island. The lake supports a mix of fish species including Carp to 16lb, Ghost Carp, Leather Carp, Tench, Bream to around 6lb, Eels, Roach and Rudd.


Passies Pond

Passies Ponds Fishery - Lancing

Passies ponds are made up of 3 lakes one match lake with 68 pegs one mixed lake matches and pleasure with smaller fish of 20 pegs and the main pleasure lake of 50 pegs all three lakes hold a variety of fish with carp dominating but a good head of silvers and bream to 7lbs. the fishery has a tackle shop and café only weekends.


Pickwells Lakes

Pickwells Lakes - Hassocks Angling Club

Pickwells is made up of two very picturesques lakes with surroundings supporting a lot of wildlife. Fish species include Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench and Carp. The bottom lake has number of Tench. Both lakes have many features to fish including lily pads, overhanging trees, islands and shrubs.


River Adur

River Adur

The Adur river is a fast flowing river located in mid Sussex which stretches from West to East Sussex. The mouth of the river Adur at Shoreham Estuary is tidal. The river Adur holds the usual fish species and is popular with anglers for its pike fishing and holds some sea trout at the mouth of the river. A number of fishing clubs have access to the water.

Over the years the river has narrowed due to silt deposits but once was wide enough for large sea fairing ships to navigate as far as Steyning which once had a port. Since Roman times the river has been a popular trading route.


River Arun - Stopham

River Arun

Hassocks control a strip of the Arun near to Pulborough. The stretch of water has visible boards marking the club owned territory. The tidal river contains some nice bream, chub, pike and the other river fish.


Stevens Pond

Stevens Pond - Burgess Hill

Stevens pond is a little picturesque pond located in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. The water holds carp, perch, roach and rudd. A key from the bailiff is required to access to the pond, there are also a limited number of anglers allowed on this water.


Sumners Ponds Fishery - Horsham

Sumners Ponds Fishery is situated 10 mins away from Horsham town centre so it is pretty easy to stock up before fishing. Sumners Ponds is a day ticket fishery offering 4.5 acres of well stocked water in two ponds and are open all year. The smaller of the two ponds is one of the most prolific in the area and is ideal for well behaved youngsters, as there are always pportunities to catch, whatever the weather! There is plenty to interest the serious angler here too with Carp to 24lbs and an abundance of Roach, Rudd, Perch, Chubb and Tench. The larger pond has the bigger fish with a large number of doubles and twenties, the current record being a 28lb 8oz common carp.


Wildings Lakes

Wildlings Lake Fishery - Hassocks Angling Club

Wildings Fishery is made up of two waters a lake and a pond. Both waters hold a mix of fish including Carp up to 25lb and some good sized Tench and are surrounded by overhanging trees, bushes and reeds. The smaller pond often produces better results in match fishing, the larger lake holds the better specimen fish.


Whitevane Carp Fishery LakeWhitevane Carp Fishery Lake

Whitevane carp fishery is a day ticket water located in the market town of Horsham, West Sussex. The mature and picturesque lake dates back over 200 years and holds some good size carp to over 40lbs. The 10 acre specimen carp water has over 30 spacious swims and is rich in features to fish with reed beds, islands, ledges and overhanging shrubs.


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