--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.
For hundreds of years the Kentish Stour has been widely acknowledged for its quality fishing. In bygone days it was mainly famous for its Fordwich trout, but today anglers visit to fish one of the most prolific waters in the south east of England. In recent times bags of over 100lb have been taken, and specimen fish are frequently landed.
CDAA members can catch bream of over 7lb, rudd of 2lb 8oz, carp to 14lb, pike to 28lb, and 6lb plus tench, these are just a few of the species attractive to anglers. Other species caught throughout the season include chub, barbel, gudgeon, dace, and eels and there is an annual run of sea trout, what more could an angler wish for?
Further downstream there is Port Farm. There is pedestrian access only via public footpath down to the level crossing.Once across the railway line proceed up or downstream for fishing.
From there it is just a short walk over the railway line to the river where there is fishing both up and downstream.
There is car parking on both sides of the river at Grove Ferry, giving access to both banks up and downstream. On the south bank there is also access by footpath from Stodmarsh village along the Lampen Wall.
At Cut End, between Upstreet and Sarre, there is roadside parking in a lay-by as well as in the CDAA car park down the track that leads to the river. The car park is situated just before the level crossing. This track also provides access to the fishing at Blood Point, a sharp bend in the river upstream from Cut End that has produced some large bags of bream and roach.
Plucks Gutter is a popular summer venue, with car parking opposite the Dog and Duck, and at the roadside. The fishery extends downstream on the north bank as far as the second dyke.
The Association provides nine miles of fishing from Fordwich to Plucks Gutter on both banks, with car parking at several points.
The river upstream from the Fordwich Bridge is reserved for CDAA Fly Section members. The section is restricted to section members only. Members interested in joining should understand that they might have to go on a waiting list.
The stretch downstream to the site of the old Bailey Bridge from the Fordwich Lake car park and both banks are open to all members for fly fishing from the 3rd of April until the end of the season in October. In addition, from the 1st July this section of the river is open for coarse fishing.
The large Fordwich Lake car park is approached from Fordwich village driving down The Drove alongside Fordwich Church. Access to the north bank can be obtained via the footpath from Fordwich or from Walnut Tree Lane, Westbere, where the Association owns a car park by the footpath level crossing. From here anglers can walk to the river and then downstream as far as the gaps at Chislet lagoons.