Canterbury & District Angling Association

A note to all members: A marker/spod/spomb rod counts towards your rod entitlement as per rule 18i.


Members are informed that the Canterbury and District Angling Association's lease for Grove Lake will finish on Saturday 30th September 2017. The farmer/owner of the lake wishes to redevelop the venue and has detailed his plans and accordingly served us notice. We have enjoyed angling there for several years and all at the CDAA will miss visiting Grove Lake.

Since 1928 The Association has been managing extensive fisheries in the Stour Valley below Canterbury, offering first class lake and river fishing for a variety of species. The historic and famous stretch of the River Stour, which the Association leases from the Fordwich United Charities, reaches downstream from Fordwich Bridge as far as Plucks Gutter. Fordwich trout were referred to in Izaak Waltons The Compleat Angler, their descendants are still running up the river to spawn, when the conditions are right for them.


The fisheries between Fordwich and Grove Ferry are in surroundings of great natural beauty and are part of an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recently upgraded to an International RAMSAR site. Fishery management in the SSSI is subject to an agreement between the Association and English Nature.


Care is needed not to interfere with wildlife or the natural vegetation. The Associations Committee takes its conservation responsibilities to protect this part of our heritage seriously and will take action against any member found to be damaging the environment.