After receiving feedback from members regarding the change made to Byelaw 16e) during last season, the Committee has agreed to revert to the original wording, changing only the number of qualifying work parties to make it easier for those members with time restraints to book a place in the draw. Bye-law 16e) will now read:
Members may not occupy swims on Association Waters more than 5 hours before the start of the season except that where members have completed at least three approved working parties they may occupy swims no more than 12 hours before the start of the season.
--MANDATORY NOTE TO ALL ANGLERS--
Due to a local outbreak of K.H.V. no keepnets to be used on any still waters. Dip tanks are in place on all stillwaters. Nets, mats and slings MUST be dipped (FULLY immersed) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Keep nets are allowed on the River Stour (only) from the start of the river season.
The whole of Stour Lake is available for fishing and all but a small section of Trenley Lake, which is clearly marked with notices in the Southeast corner of the lake The only access to both waters is from the Fordwich car park. Having parked their cars, members may then follow the footpath adjacent to the river for about half a mile. At the end of Fordwich Lake members will come to the Trout Pool with Trenley Lake to the right and by continuing along the river bank for a quarter mile will find Stour Lake.
Since the acquisition of these two lakes a great deal of work has been carried out to improve both the banks and the fishing. Landscaping and tree planting as well as improvements to swims and an extensive fish-stocking programme have resulted in the lakes being not only pleasant to fish but also very productive.
A record haul of bream was netted from Stour Lake at the start of the 2001/2002 season totalling nearly 500lbs.