Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its impact


Sea Trout Guest Permits for 2020

Ouse Angling Preservation Society is reviewing the sale of guest permits to 2020 Sea Trout permit holders. Further information will be added here as soon as it becomes available.

Re-opening of the O.A.P.S. Fishery

Following the Government’s recent announcement that angling may resume with effect from Wednesday 13th May and guidance issued by the Angling Trust the Society’s waters are now open to permit holders.

We have reopened the river to sea trout fishing for sea trout permit holders, subject to the following Covid-19 restrictions (see below), the Society’s own rules also continue to apply. The Copthorne and District Angling Society is also opening its lakes to coarse fishing, please refer to it’s website for specific information.

Covid-19 current restrictions…

  1. Travel should be based only on what is allowed by current Government guidelines.
  2. You should only travel to the OAPS fishery on your own or with members of your household and abide by current guidelines on social distancing.
  3. You can fish with members of your household or one person outside your household – but stick to Government social distancing guidelines.
  4. A distance of at least 15m from other anglers should be maintained whilst fishing.
  5. Hand sanitiser must be used before and after touching padlocks, gate and stiles etc. As well as providing access for anglers to the river, these may be used by others including landowners and farm workers. Disposable gloves are also recommended.
  6. When parking in the designated parking areas, leave as much space as practical from other vehicles.
  7. No sharing of fishing positions, except by members of the same household.
  8. No keepnets (applicable to coarse angling once the season opens on the river on 16th June).
  9. No sharing of fishing tackle or other items.
  10. Do not travel to the fishery if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and follow Government advice on isolation.
  11. Pay careful attention to the Society’s notices and signs – if issues arise requiring specific additional measures to be taken, we may erect appropriate signage.

Bailiffing will continue on the Society’s waters and permits and day tickets will continue to be inspected in a manner consistent with social distancing.

Current Government guidance is that tackle shops, which normally sell our coarse fishing permits and day tickets, must remain closed and it is unknown when they will reopen. Prior to the opening of the coarse season we will evaluate options for anglers to purchase permits and tickets, and will provide an update here.

As the situation is a constantly developing one, and there is a possibility of Government restrictions being tightened again, or the Society having to impose its own restrictions, we advise anglers to check the Society’s website before travelling to fish. We also recommend referring to the Angling Trust’s website.

16th May 2020


Updates and Reminders

The Angling Trust has recently published its submission to Government, making the case for opening up angling. There is no indication at present that angling will be allowed to resume in the near future.

SEA TROUT: Today sees the start of the Sea Trout season and the OAPS fishery remains closed. As Sea Trout permit applicants are aware, permits will not be issued until a decision is made about the resumption of angling.

COARSE: The start of the Coarse season is getting closer. Permits, normally on sale before the end of April, and Day Tickets will, like Sea Trout permits, be unavailable until we know when angling can be resumed. All anglers should be aware that there is no access allowed to any part of our fishery without a permit to identify them when on private land (the Anchor east bank field from the farm bridge down to the boundary of that field and the river downstream of Barcombe Mills road bridge.)

The Society’s committee has banned all pre-season activities until permits have been bought. Public access to the banks at the Pool, and the non-tidal river between the Barcombe Mills Old Toll Road and the boundary next to the reservoir intake is allowed under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020  Regulation 6 1(b) “to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household”. Activities associated with angling are not allowed.

Any prospective permit holder that ignores the requirement to have a permit before accessing the fishery will be dealt with severely by the OAPS committee.

1st May 2020


Covid-19 – Sea Trout and Coarse Permits – Information

The Society’s permit period starts on 1st May each year. It appears that Covid-19 will impact on the start of the Sea Trout season if, as looks highly likely, an extension to the current three week ‘lockdown’ period goes ahead.

Our permits will be printed before the end of April but, with no indication yet of when fishing will be restored as an acceptable activity, the Society will not be making those permits available to any anglers until fishing is allowed again.

With May being a traditionally quiet month for Sea Trout fishing on the river we would hope that the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ will have been relaxed enough to allow fishing to be restored before the beginning of June in which case the Coarse river fishing season would not be affected.

Please remember that there is no guarantee of how and when fishing will be allowed to resume but rest assured that, once we get the go ahead to start, Sea Trout permits will be mailed out and Coarse permits will be distributed to our usual outlets.

16th April 2020


Fishery Closure

Following this week’s announcements by the government about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the ‘lockdown’ of the UK, the Angling Trust has issued a statement that angling cannot continue for the foreseeable future. Many angling clubs have already shut down access to their waters and announcements are expected that remaining clubs will follow suit.

Although it’s possible that the ‘lockdown’ could be lifted before the start of the sea trout fishing season, Ouse Angling Preservation Society (OAPS) considers it highly likely that the start of the sea trout season will be delayed this year and the coarse season probably delayed as well depending on how the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) progresses.

Copthorne & District Angling Society (CDAS) has already announced closure of its stillwaters.

As further information becomes available it will be added at the top of this post so please visit regularly. 

24th March 2020

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