Bishops Stortford and District Angling Society

Bishops Stortford Angling Society was founded in 1949. The society controls the fishing rights on four lakes, one close to the town centre the other three in Great Hallingbury. The society also controls the fishing rights on stretches of the River Stort at Bishops Stortford and Harlow.



General information Notices:

Malcolm Barker Lake

Twyfordbury Lane (leading to MBL) is undergoing repairs and
will be closed for 3 days between 7.30am and 6pm
starting Wednesday 1st December 2021
and ending 3rd December 2021.

Christmas is coming ...
Checkout the new BSDAS clothing shop

Click here to browse

Weekly Work Party

Thurday 2nd December - Beggars Hall- start 9.30.

Memberships for season 2021-22

Please contact - Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt
email :
Phone : 01279 461065

Band'um hook bait - Clarification

Several club members have enquired if "Band'um" hook baits are valid on BSDAS waters?
The committee have discussed this and feel that as Band'ums have become as mainstream as pellets and used by all areas of our sport from specimen anglers to match men and pleasure anglers they will be allowed on our waters with the following proviso - "Band'ums up to 8mm are allowed as hook baits only, must be dumbell shaped and not used as loose fed. Both normal and "wafter" versions can be used".

This agreement is a temporary concession until the next AGM when it will be proposed and hopefully ratified and included in By-Law(3) of the club.

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - - posted on 4th May 2021

Fighting back against fisheries crime:
How you can help

A very interesting article from Angling Trust - worth a read
<<click here to read>>

posted on 15th July 2020

Be careful when feeder/ledger fishing !

I have had several reports recently regarding anglers losing their rods when feeder/ledger fishing.
Please ensure you either have a baitrunner reel that allows line to come off the reel before you strike OR have the clutch on your reel slack enough OR bale arm open to let line go rather than your rod!

Any rods that are recovered from any of the lakes I will post a message on the website with details.

If you have already lost a rod then please email me with the details of the rod & reel and on what lake.

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt -

posted on 8th July 2020

  Beggars Hall Notice.

We have been asked by the land owner that all BSDAS members fishing Beggars Hall Lake
should display a sign in their car identifying them as an angler.

<< click here to print a form >>
just put a hand written sign in your car

use you old membership book.


Environment Agency

Latest newsletter for Herts & North London area - click to read

Invasive Species Alert
Help stop Invasive Species damaging the places you fish. Click to find out more
Also, find out what we do with your rod licence money. Click to find out more

Angling Trust information - Click here

BOOKING FOR MATCH FISHING (2020-2021 season)

Please phone for prices on other club waters
Phone Robin Merritt (Hon Secretary) for bookings/availability - 01279 461065

Links to tackle shops