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Club water run by Cranbrook and District Angling Club (no day tickets).

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Darwell Reservoir

Darwell Reservoir is a huge, deep 128 acre water located on the outskirts of Robertsbridge in a village called Mountfield. The water is a bit of an unknown. Darwell Reservoir had been a trout fishery since 1948 until two years ago when it became a coarse fishery. The true size of many of the reservoirs fish are still a mystery due to the vastness in size of the reservoir and the short period of time the water has been a coarse fishery. What is known is that the water holds some huge predatory fish including pike to 20lb+ and eels to 8lb+. The reservoirs carp are still a mystery. There have been many rumours of large carp but the largest reported caught carp was a common carp that weighed in at 13lb. The water also boasts a great selection of match fish with shoals of roach reaching in excess of 2lb and many dace.The bream, chub and tench are still an unknown although the trout fisherman often reported catching large chub. The reservoir still holds the odd brown and rainbow trout left over from the last 50 years of trout fishing.

fish species

Mirror Carp Common Carp Roach eel
Carp : 22lb
Carp : 17lb
Rudd: 8lb+ Eel: 8lb+
Rudd Roach Perch Chub pike
Rudd: 2lb+ Roach: 2lb+ Perch : 3lb+ Chub : 1lb+ Pike : 20lb+

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Darwell Reservoir - a large, deep, 128 acre reservoir that can be fished using boats.

Darwell Reservoir

Darwell is a large 128 acre water with depths exceeding 20-30ft in many areas of the reservoir. The reservoir has numerous overhanging trees, over hanging bushes, a huge dam wall, water inlets and a pumping station outlet. There are many regions of the reservoir that are inaccessable without the use of a boat. The banks are flat in some swims and sloped in others. Successful baits include maggots, casters and lobworms for the match fish and sprats, herring or lures for the pike.

Darwell Reservoir

Features: Drainage Inlets, Overhanging trees, Overhanging bushes, Large dam wall, Pumping station outlet
Lake Size: 128 acres
Lake Depth: 20-30ft

Darwell Reservoir is a popular venue amongst pike enthusiasts. The reservoir contains a vast number of large double figured pike that have been known to be caught in excess of 30lb in the past. The water is ideal for using spinners, lures and plugs due to vast amounts of water and the cleanliness of the water.



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Clubs with access to this Reservoir:
Cranbrook and District Angling Club

contact details

Contact: Dave Sherwood
Address: Mountfield, East Sussex
Telephone: 07973 383952

Club: Cranbrook and District Angling Club >>
Email: info@cranbrookanglingclub.co.uk
Website: www.cranbrookanglingclub.co.uk


Darwell Reservoir is located near Robertsbridge on the outskirts of the small village of Mountfield. Take the A21 to get to Robertsbridge, turn right onto A2100 at Johns Cross. Take the first right towards Mountfield. Follow the country lane through Mountfield until you come to an old oasthouse, turn left immediately after the oasthouse (the entrance is signposted with white signs saying Darwell Reservoir). Follow the dirt track, park near the wooden hut where the bailif is located

user reviews

"few jack pike"

Doesn't appear to be many fish in this place, some members catch a few jack pike and not much else is caught. I think it needs restocking and till it does not going back there again.
review from David Bishop

"Massive reservoir "

"Massive...takes an hour just to get to a swim...might have to get a boat next time!"".

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