The lower lake at Little Bognor is a small lake at under half an acre. It is beautifully situated within a wooded valley and is fed by a stream from lake above. The composer Sir Edward Elgar fished at Little Bognor when he stayed at nearby Brinkwells from May 1917 to August 1921. In June 1918 he wrote “plundered three decent fish, 2 1/2lbs the three” and at the end of his diary for 1918 he recorded in his ‘Fish Account’ for Little Bognor a total of “12 (large and small) and two returned“. During the summers of 1918 and 1919 while staying at Brinkwells, Elgar wrote four major works. It was his last creative surge and the music he composed while staying there reflected the magic of the woods, paths and countryside.
Casting is restricted by mature trees in some areas. The bank at the dam end has plenty of room for the back cast and there are several other places around the lake where casting is possible.
This lake is stocked with chalk stream reared brown trout and also contains a small population of wild brownies. It is ideal for the dry fly. A quiet approach is essential as the fish are easily spooked. Wild fish must be returned.
During 2018 a ‘catch and release’ trial on both lakes at Little Bognor gives members the option to return stocked fish. Barbless hooks must be used and the fish carefully returned to the water. The trial will be monitored during the season and if there are fish fatalities or the water temperature is too high, the trial may be stopped. Returned fish will not be added to the member’s account.
The car park and fishing hut for both lakes are next to the lower lake.