Dog Training in the Andrews Stream Fields

Information for anyone who intends fishing the Andrews Stream.

The owner of the fields by the Andrews stream will be operating a dog training school there. Anglers dogs, even on a lead, are not welcome.

There is no end date at the moment and we expect it to carry on until further notice.

2021 Sea Trout Message

Error in the 2021 Sea Trout supplement to the Guide to Waters

Rules 3 & 4 in the Sea Trout supplement have been printed using an older copy and contain reference to Sea Trout being retained. Rules 3.a.i and 3.a.ii refer to the number of Sea Trout that can be retained and The Sea Trout Scale Project information on page 4 was included.

The updated supplement, that banned the retention of Sea Trout following the Plumpton Mill Stream pollution at the end of 2016, should have been sent instead. To view the updated copy of the supplement and/or to download the file Click here then click the link that opens in a new window.

Once you’ve opened the document, download the document click the download by clicking the button ( ) to the top right of your screen.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – LOCKDOWN #3

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND LOCKDOWN #3  –  Fishing IS allowed.

The 05 January 2021 Angling Trust statement about Covid-19 and fishing has been updated (see the full statement below)…

Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!

Join the Angling Trust today

Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook
Chief Executive, Angling Trust


2021 Sea Trout Permits

This year’s Sea Trout permit allocation process will be starting shortly.

As in previous years all current Sea Trout permit holders will be sent an invitation to apply for this year’s permit and will be guaranteed one if they send their application to arrive on or before 31st March 2021.

If you are an existing permit holder and your postal and/or email address has changed since your current permit was issued, please email with your new details.

Once the 31st March 2021 deadline has passed, any unsold Sea Trout permits will be allocated to new applicants according to when they were added to this year’s waiting list. Anyone interested in applying for a Sea Trout permit should contact the Society (email link to the left of this post)  as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of being offered a permit before we run out.


Sussex Ouse Barcombe Mills Pikes Lock Snow

2020-2021 Winter Permits

The Society’s Winter Permits are now available from all of our outlets at a cost of £50.00.

These permits cover the period from 1st November until the following 30th April and include the waters that we share with Copthorne & District AS (CDAS), including their stillwaters at Piltdown Pond near Newick and Rowfant between Copthorne and Turners Hill near Gatwick.

The closed season for river coarse fishing, starting on 15th March 2021, applies to holders of all of our winter permits, but fishing continues on CDAS stillwaters until 30th April.

Click here for details of where to purchase your permit.

‘Wild Food’, a reminder to permit holders

‘Wild Food’ On The Society’s Fisheries. A Reminder.

A landowner has told the Society that he found evidence that ‘wild’ food has been removed from land he owns. This is a reminder to all permit holders that taking ‘wild’ food such as fruit and fungi is theft and will not be tolerated by the Society.

The following rule is taken from the Society’s Information Pack that all permit holders receive each year with their annual permit…


In previous years, the Society had incidents of a few things, including fruit, being taken from private land without permission by individuals claiming to be with O.A.P.S.  Should any permit holders, or those accompanying them, be identified as being involved in this sort of thing, the Society will have no option but to take action that may include banning those concerned from fishing on our waters.

Be aware that this behaviour will not be tolerated!


A Rules Reminder

An Important Rules Reminder…

The Society’s car park at the Mills is accessed through a combination padlocked gate to provide adequate parking space for permit holders. It is vital that this gate is kept shut and padlocked after both entering and leaving the car park to keep out all but our own permit holders.

Our rules require the gate to remain shut and padlocked and most permit holders follow this rule. For those who don’t, breaking this rule will result in the Committee taking action against those identified as responsible.

Permit Secretary Mobile Phone Problems

Contacting the Permit Secretary – PROBLEM RESOLVED

The Society’s mobile phone had been sending calls to voicemail for the last 6 weeks or so without alerting the Permit Secretary. The service provider has dealt with the problem and phone calls are now routed to the phone.

If you have been waiting for a reply and are not contacted in the next few days, call again and please accept our apologies for failing to respond to your earlier call(s).


2020-2021 Coarse Season

Coarse Fishing Annual Permits – 2020-2021 & Covid-19
With the Covid-19 crisis still present and June 16th only a month away, it is still not clear whether tackle shops will be open in time for the start of the season or not.  Please check here regularly for news on how and when coarse permits will be available.


Coarse Fishing Day Tickets – 2020-2021
Day tickets will NOT be available on O.A.P.S. waters during the period of the Covid-19 crisis.
Any changes to this position during the coming season will be shown here.