Opening Week and AGM

AGM – The AGM was well attended, the Leconfield Hall was full ! Lord Egremont gave an interesting and amusing talk about the Leconfield Estate and his family history. Much wine and nibbles were consumed as members and their guests chatted about the new season.

Opening Day – Despite the heavy rain at lunch, members had a great opening day.

*3 x 5lbs and one at 4.5lbs

It is good to see the majority of fish being returned.

13 March – AGM and lakes opening

The season opens on the lakes on Saturday 18 March, members will have to wait a couple of weeks before they can fish the river.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Leconfield Hall, Petworth at 18:30 on Friday 17 March.

After the formal business of the AGM, members and their guests are invited to enjoy drinks and canapés provided by the Estate and volunteers from the club.

This a lovely opportunity to catch up with fellow members ahead of the start of the season and discuss those all-important spring tactics!

Please bring your spouse or friends to the AGM, guests are very welcome, but we would ask for a contribution of £10.00 to made for any guests you bring. Members, on this occasion, will not be charged.


5 December – Catch Return


A rainbow of 11lb was caught at Great Springs.

If you fished for sea trout during 2022, please make your catch return to the Environment Agency before 1 January 2023.

This is the last catch return for the season as the lakes and river are now closed until 2023.

28 November – Catch Returns


Another wet week, the catch returns reflect the ‘fishability’ of the various lakes. The by-pass system has been working well especially at Little Springs, members concentrated their efforts there. Only a couple of days of the season left, make the most of them !

14 November – Catch Returns

Image courtesy of Andrew Thompson


A couple of the larger rainbows were caught this week, 9lb 13ozs and 10lb 1oz.

Conditions improved as the week progressed and the effects of the earlier heavy rain lessened.

Andrew Thompson

7 November – Catch Returns


The river season for trout has ended.

Size 14 black buzzer

A trout’s diet is said to be 85% chironomid larvae. These tiny midges or buzzers can be found in most rivers and lakes throughout the year, even during winter.

31 October – Catch Returns

Last fish of the season ?

* including a 3lb sea trout

It’s good to see them swim away.

The river trout season ended on a high note with the capture and release of a 3lb sea trout.

More than half of the rainbows caught were over 2lbs.

The fish at Little Bognor were feeding well in the autumn sun taking buzzers and dry flies.

24 October – Catch Returns

A 9lb fish was caught at Great Springs

River Rother same week 2021

After the recent rains, I’m keeping my fingers crossed the river may recover in time for the very end of the season. It’s at bank-full today!

Andrew Thompson