The top lake at Little Bognor is a sheltered, secluded and peaceful place. The lake is hidden in a wooded valley surrounded by mature chestnut and oak trees. It is under half an acre, is stream fed and has a population of wild brown trout. The wild fish are supplemented with chalkstream reared brown trout throughout the season. Wild fish, usually under a pound in weight, must be carefully returned to the lake.

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.

A quiet approach is essential. Ferns and rushes are retained around the lake to provide cover for the anglers. The trout are free rising and respond best to small nymphs and emergers.

The car park and fisherman’s hut is next to the lower lake.