Canterbury & District Angling Association

See here for information about fly fishing classes.

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

1. Fishing Seasons

    Game fishing:
  • Migratory Trout and Salmon – 1st May to 29th October.
  • Brown Trout – 3rd April to 31st October.
  • Rainbow Trout - All year.
    Coarse fishing:
  • Littlebourne, Minster, Stonar and Grove Lakes, all year fishing.
  • Pike – Lakes and River, 1st October to 14th March.
  • Fordwich Lakes, 8pm 15th June to 8pm 14th March.
  • River, 16th June to 14th March.

All dates are inclusive.


2. Limitations

No fish are to be removed from or introduced to Association waters or moved between without the prior consent of the Committee. To do so is an offence and will result in loss of membership.


3. Waters

  1. Waters reserved for the exclusive use of the Fly Fishing Section: River Stour, White Mill Pool to Fordwich Bridge and Black Mill Pool to Fordwich Bridge. Subject also to Fly Section byelaws.
  2. Waters reserved for general fly fishing for Association members and which may only be fished with an artificial fly from 3rd April to 30th June inclusive: River Stour downstream from Fordwich Bridge, north bank until Fordwich Lake car park, then both banks to the site of the Bailey bridge. This section is also open for coarse fishing from 1st July to the 14th March following. Members may also fish for salmonoids with artificial fly from the 3rd April to 31st October, both banks River Stour downstream from site of the Bailey bridge to Plucks Gutter.
    Limitation: Trout - 2 daily, 6 per week
  3. The Trout Pool is stocked with Trout and fishing is by artificial fly only. Fishing is available to all members by purchasing in advance a permit, the price of such permit to be fixed by the Committee. Byelaws governing the water are available on request from Headquarters and issued with each permit.
    Limitation – The number of trout that can be taken is shown on the ticket.
  4. Waters available for coarse fishing: River Stour downstream from Fordwich Bridge, north bank until Fordwich Lake car park, then both banks to the site of the old Bailey bridge (see note in byelaw 3b above). River Stour, both banks, from the site of the Bailey bridge downstream to Plucks Gutter. Little Stour, north bank between Blue Bridge and Plucks Gutter. Fordwich Lake. Trenley Lake. Stour Lake. Stonar Lake. Minster Lakes (Jade and Brook Lakes). Littlebourne Lakes (Birch, Pump House and Bramble Lakes) and Grove Lake. Fishing in Fordwich Lake is restricted to ordinary members only.

4. Visiting groups and clubs

Visitor tickets are available to outside groups or clubs wishing to fish matches on the River Stour. Such visitors can only fish designated sections of water and cannot displace members fishing when they arrive. Pre-booking only with deposit through Headquarters.

Guest tickets

Adult members can purchase up to 4 Guest Tickets per season, not more than 2 per day, at a cost of £10 per adult and £5 per junior under 10 years free. The member must purchase these 7 days in advance. Guests must live outside the local postal code area (CT1-CT21 incl. ME13 and TN25), fish next to the member who will be responsible for the guest conforming to the bye –laws. Guest tickets are not available for Fordwich Lake or the Fly Section. Guest tickets are available for the trout pool on payment of the additional fee.


5. Competitions are arranged at the discretion of the Committee.


6. Only specifically designed green angler’s bivvies may be used. No tents may be erected on any of the Fisheries.


7. No fires are allowed on any Fisheries.


8. Carp fishing

  1. All carp must be returned to the water as soon as possible after weighing and witnessing and may only be retained in a carp sack for these purposes for a maximum period of thirty minutes. No keepnets are to be used for carp in any circumstances.
  2. Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

9. Care of fish

  1. Only knotless keep nets and knotless landing nets may be used for fishing on Association waters. Keepnets must be a minimum of 3m in length and a minimum of 45cm x 35cm in cross section if rectangular, or a minimum of 45cm in diameter if circular. Only keepnets with “fish safe bottom” sections are acceptable.
  2. All nets whether keepnets (where allowed), sacks, landing nets or unhooking mats must be dry before using on any CDAA fishery.
  3. Unhooking mats must be visible on the bank ready to use, these mats must be specialist unhooking mats of a suitable size and must be used when any fish is held out of the water.
  4. Landing nets must be used to assist the landing of fish over 6”/150mm.
  5. Any method of fishing that is likely to damage or endanger the fish is unacceptable. (Warnings will be given by bailiffs who will advise on unacceptable tackle).

10. Retention of fish

  1. Fish with the exception of those listed in 10b below may only be kept in keepnets for a maximum of 12 hours.
  2. Carp, pike, barbel and grayling must not be retained in keep nets.

11. Pike fish tacke

  1. Suitable tackle for pike Rod minimum 2lb test curve, line minimum15lbs BS, trace minimum 18” length and minimum 20lbs BS. (traces should be inspected for damage) Treble hooks, barbless or partially de-barbed maximum size 4.
  2. Suitable size landing net 35” across the arms (triangular), 20” diameter (circular), large and small artery forceps and wire cutters.
  3. Audio/visual bite detection capable of showing runs or drop back bites immediately the pike picks up the bait.
  4. Live baits not more than 6” in length may be used, lip hooked using one hook only. Live bait must be caught from the water in which they are to be used and must be returned at the end of the days fishing having been retained for no more than 12 hours.
  5. Night fishing for pike on the river is not permitted.
  6. A large weigh sling must be used when weighing pike.

12. The Committee reserves the right to close sections of the river or lakes to members.


13. It is the responsibility of members to see that there is no litter in the swim in which they are fishing. Members found with litter in their swim are liable to have their membership withdrawn.


14. Audio/visual equipment must not be played to the disturbance of others.

15. Vehicle access

  1. Vehicles must be left in designated car parks with stickers displayed. Members using Association car parks and access roads do so at their own risk.
  2. Bicycles must not be ridden on any part of the Fordwich Lake complex.
  3. Vehicles must not exceed 5mph on access roads.

16. Access to the Lakes/River on the south bank at Fordwich is via Fordwich Lake car park only.


17. All firearms, weapons or instruments used for discharging missiles with the exception of bait throwers and catapults are prohibited on all Association Waters unless authorised by the Committee. Boily launchers using compression and bait boats are forbidden.


18. Fishery restrictions

  1. Fishing is allowed only at the numbered swims between the boats on the north bank at Grove Ferry and adjacent to “Riverscroft” on the south bank and only from 1st October to 14th March.
  2. Junior members must be under the supervision of an adult member (a person over 18 years old), when fishing at night. The person supervising must be in the same or adjacent swim. Student members age 16 or over may night fish on their own. The hours to determine night fishing are sunset to sunrise. Juniors are restricted to the use of 2 rods.
  3. No trout pellets or halibut derived baits of any type including soft and hard pellets may be used as hook baits or for feeding on any association lake.
  4. Ground bait is only allowed in a feeder or "potting in" via a pole cup at Minster, Littlebourne and Grove Lakes.
  5. Barbless or flattened barb hooks only to be used on Littlebourne, Minster and Grove lakes.
  6. A maximum ledger weight of 1/2oz is allowed on the Littlebourne and Minster lakes.
  7. Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 7 days fishing in any 10 days on Stonar and Fordwich
  8. Anglers are restricted to a maxiumum of 48 hours in every 72 hours on Littlebourne and Minster
  9. For coarse fishing a maximum of 2 rods may be used providing they are both within arms reach of the angler. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water. A third rod is allowed for an additional charge of 50% of the membership rate. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used.
  10. Members may not occupy swims on association waters more than 5 hours before the start of the season, with the exception of members who have attended at least four working parties during the preceding close season, who may move into swims 12 hours before the commencement of the season.
  11. Members must not fish from or over moored boats nor must they move boats nor interfere with mooring lines other than with their own boats.
  12. No rods or fishing tackle are to be taken onto the Fordwich lakes or river for any reason during the relevant close seasons
  13. Tackle used when fishing Minster, Littlebourne or Grove lakes must be lightweight and well-balanced outfits - no heavy rods or line that allow the fish to be dragged to the bank. Warnings will be given by baliffs who will advise on acceptable tackle.
  14. Members are asked to record the details of their catch on a specimin slip (supplied). This will help determine the stock present in the lake and will allow the committee to judge future stocking policy.

19. Grove Lake

  1. Only the central access can be used - this is indicated on the map.
  2. Cars must be parked in the designated areas.
  3. The toilet supplied must be kept in an acceptible condition.
  4. Fishing is only permitted from the indicated swims.
  5. Anglers may only access or fish the lake between dawn and dusk. NIGHT FISHING IS NOT PERMITTED.
  6. Only float fishing is permitted.

Quick Reference Guide To Byelaws Covering C&DAA Lakes

The following are for easy reference for members for specific waters. General bye-laws apply to all. In case of mismatches please refer to the book.


Littlebourne

Pump House, Birch, Bramble

8b - Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

9d - Landing nets must be used to assist the landing of fish over 6”/150mm.

10d - Keepnets are not allowed. All fish must be returned to the water as soon after capture as possible.

14a - Vehicles must be left in recognised car parks or designated areas around Pump House Lake with sticker displayed.

15a - Vehicles must be left in designated car parks with stickers displayed. Members using Association car parks and access roads do so at their own risk.

18d1 - No boilies, nuts, pop ups trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18e - Ground bait is only allowed in a feeder or “potting–in” via a pole cup.

18f - Barbless or flattened barb hooks only to be used.

18k - Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 48 hours continuous fishing in any 72 hour period.

18l1 - A maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water.

18q - Tackle used when fishing the lakes must be lightweight and well balanced outfits – no heavy rods or line that allow the fish to be dragged to the bank. The bailiff will advise on acceptable tackle.

19d - The toilet supplied must be used and kept in an acceptable condition.


Pumphouse Lake

18g- Maximum ledger weight of ½oz.


Bramble Lake

18h - Float fishing only. NO NIGHT FISHING, night defined as one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.


Minster

8b - Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

9d - Landing nets must be used to assist the landing of fish over 6”/150mm.

10d - Keepnets are not allowed. All fish must be returned to the water as soon after capture as possible.

15a - Vehicles must be left in designated car parks with stickers displayed. Members using Association car parks and access roads do so at their own risk.

18d1 - No boilies, nuts, pop ups trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18e - Ground bait is only allowed in a feeder or “potting–in” via a pole cup.

18f - Barbless or flattened barb hooks only to be used.

18k - Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 48 hours continuous fishing in any 72 hour period.

18l1 - A maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water.

18q - Tackle used when fishing the lakes must be lightweight and well balanced outfits – no heavy rods or line that allow the fish to be dragged to the bank. The bailiff will advise on acceptable tackle.

19d - The toilet supplied must be used and kept in an acceptable condition.


Stour and Trenley

8b - Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

18c - Carp fishing is only permitted on Stour Lake north and west bank, and Trenley south bank.

18d2 - No trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18l2 - For coarse fishing, a maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water. A third rod is allowed for an additional charge of 50% of the full membership rate. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used.

18r - No rods or fishing tackle can be taken on to the Fordwich Lakes or river during the close season.


Fordwich

18d - No trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18j - Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 7 days fishing in any 10 days.

18l2 - For coarse fishing, a maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water. A third rod is allowed for an additional charge of 50% of the full membership rate. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used.

18r - No rods or fishing tackle can be taken on to the Fordwich Lakes or river during the close season.

19d - The toilet supplied must be used and kept in an acceptable condition.


Stonar

8b - Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

10d - Keepnets are not allowed. All fish must be returned to the water as soon after capture as possible.

15a - Vehicles must be left in designated car parks with stickers displayed. Members using Association car parks and access roads do so at their own risk.

18d2 - No trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18j - Anglers are restricted to a maximum of 7 days fishing in any 10 days.

18l2 - For coarse fishing, a maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water. A third rod is allowed for an additional charge of 50% of the full membership rate. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used.

19d - The toilet supplied must be used and kept in an acceptable condition.


Grove

8b - Bent hook rigs are not permitted.

9d - Landing nets must be used to assist the landing of fish over 6”/150mm.

10d - Keepnets are not allowed. All fish must be returned to the water as soon after capture as possible.

15a - Vehicles must be left in designated car parks with stickers displayed. Members using Association car parks and access roads do so at their own risk.

18d1 - No boilies, nuts, pop ups trout pellets or halibut pellets to be used. Including soft and hard pellets for bait or loose feeding.

18e - Ground bait is only allowed in a feeder or “potting–in” via a pole cup.

18f - Barbless or flattened barb hooks only to be used.

18l1 - A maximum of 2 rods can be used providing they are within arms reach of the angler. A marker rod counts as one of the rods being used. Unattended rods must be withdrawn from the water.

18q - Tackle used when fishing the lakes must be lightweight and well balanced outfits – no heavy rods or line that allow the fish to be dragged to the bank. The bailiff will advise on acceptable tackle.

19a - All members must hold a verbally confirmed booking before visiting the lake.

19b - The central access road can only be used – this is indicated on the map.

19c - Cars must be parked in the two designated areas.

19d - The toilet supplied must be used and kept in an acceptable condition.

19e - If a member decides that they will not take up their booking they must let the office know, thus allowing other members to fish that day.

19f - Fishing is only permitted from the indicated swims.

19g - Anglers may only access or fish the lake between dawn and dusk. NIGHT FISHING IS NOT PERMITTED.

19j - Only float fishing is permitted.