Guest Permits

Members are reminded that Guest permits must be purchased in advance of fishing at a cost of £10 per Guest Permit per day. Guest Permits can be purchased from The Carp Shop, Horley Row, Horley, Surrey.

Handling & Care of Fish

The Committee would like to remind all members to handle fish with care, including the use of unhooking mats for all Carp & larger fish. Incidents have been reported to the Committee of fish not being returned to the water promptly. Whilst the taking of photographs is acceptable, please ensure fish are kept out of the water for the minimum of time to avoid unnecessary stress which put fish stocks at risk.

River Ouse – Anchor Inn Parking

Members are reminded that they must not park in the main Anchor Inn car park.
Anglers are requested to park in the overspill car park, which is the field immediately to the left of the Anchor Inn.  Parking is in the area immediately to the left of the field entrance.  The OAPS parking stickers, which were supplied with your membership card should be displayed at all times.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Cray Fish – Rowfant Mill Pond

All members, please note that due to the proliferation of cray fish within Rowfant Mill Pond, we have contracted with someone to catch & remove cray fish from the lake. You will see a number of cray fish pots attached to ropes leading onto the bankside in swims around the lake. Your Committee will keep under regular review the estimated population of cray fish within the lake and the continuation of the pots to effect removal of unwanted cray fish.

Special Announcement – Don Vallance

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Don Vallance, who passed away early Saturday morning 03 October 2015.

Don was an active member, Committee member and Life Member of the Copthorne & District Angling Society for more than 40 years and his contribution to the Society has been immense. Don’s love and passion for angling has touched everyone. We are all eternally grateful for the legacy Don has left us.

Our thoughts are with Don’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Don’s son Jim can accept special messages:

Jim Vallance. 37 Hazelhurst Crescent Horsham. RH12 1XB

The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday 21st Oct at 10.30am at The Sussex & Surrey Crematorium and the wake afterwards at The Heathy Farm opposite the Crematorium. Don has requested no flowers – but donations to the Chestnut Tree Childrens Hospice which can be direct or through the Martins Funeral Directors, Broadfield.
Jim has also requested that if any CDAS members who would be likely to attend the wake to contact him direct by email on so he can ascertain numbers.

***Important Notice***

Please be aware that on Friday 5th June 2015 the Society undertook the sale of the freehold interest in The Mount Lake at Ifield and acquired the freehold interest in the Society’s leased lakes at Little Rowfant. With immediate effect therefore, the Society’s Members no longer have access to The Mount Lake at Ifield. The Society’s Committee please request that all Members note this change & do not attempt to fish at The Mount Lake, Ifield.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

AGM Thursday 2nd April

This years AGM will be held at the usual venue – Copthorne Social Club, from 7pm. We encourage all members to attend and catch up with fellow anglers. There is a bar at the venue and there will be a raffle – any prize donations for this would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Rowfant Mill Update

27th October – Update

We’ve been lucky so far and all looks good on Rowfant Mill. A couple of updates/ reminders though:

  • We have decided to allow matches on there from December. The next two fixtures will be 7th December and 15th February
  • Please remember to dip all nets, etc on all Rowfant lakes, this is extremely important to help stop the spread of KHV

Confirmed KHV Outbreak at Woodpeckers Fishery

The Woodpeckers day ticket fishery has had a confirmed outbreak of Koi Herpes Virus (KHV). Due to its close proximity to Rowfant Mill we have been requested by CEFAS to take some precautionary control measures to help prevent the further spreading of this disease. To be clear, Rowfant Mill has not had an outbreak of KHV but we must be sensible and do what we can to protect our stock. For this reason the following changes will come into force with immediate effect:

  • There will be no more matches on Rowfant Mill this season
  • All keep nets are banned from Rowfant Mill

Disinfectant dip tanks will also be provided in the car parks at Rowfant Mill and the Little Rowfant complex. Anglers that wish to fish must dip any equipment that has or will come into contact with lake water and fish. This must be done on arrival, and on departure:

  • Landing Nets
  • Keep nets
  • Unhooking mats
  • Weigh slings
  • Mixing Bowls

On top of this it is strongly recommended that you make sure all equipment is thoroughly dried out between visits to ours, and other lakes. This is the number one way to prevent KHV spreading.

Signs will be placed up around Rowfant Mill advising that it is within the Woodpeckers KHV danger zone, and over the next couple of years we will be closely monitored by CEFAS. So far, there are no signs of the disease having spread to our waters – lets do our best to keep it that way.



A lake in very close proximity to Rowfant Mill has a possible outbreak of KHV. As a precautionary measure please can all anglers be sure to fully dry out their nets when switching between different waters.