River Stort

Beggars Hall


The club has fishing available between Bishops Stortford Town Bridge and Spellbrook lock. The club also has a short section of fishing available downstream of Harlow Mill lock.The river fishes best with flow and colour.

Species: Main species Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Pike and Carp



How to get there

Bishops Storford Town Centre section. Head for the train statiion there is parking available in the train station car park (ticket required).

Twyford Lock section. Fishing above and below lock. From the A1184 turn into Pig Lane, go over the railway bridge and the free car park is on the left before reaching the river bridge (the car park remains open from dawn until dusk).

Spellbrook Lock section.  From Bishops Stortford on A1184 continue to Spellbook turn left into Spellbrook Lane go past the Three Horseshoes pub and over the railway crossing and river bridge. There is a lay-by on the right in which to park. The Bishop stortford section is 'upstream' of the lock.

Post code: CM22 7PA

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How to get there

Harlow section. From Bishops Stortford continue along the A1184 through Sawbridgeworth towards Harlow. At the traffic lights adjacent to the river and Harlow Mill Beefeater turn left parking is available along the roadside.

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Fishing Blog

The river suffered during 2017 with very low water levels and with no flow the water was gin clear with the river bed from bank to bank to be seen at times as were large shoals of bream above Twyford and Spellbrook locks numbering in excess of 50 fish per shoal.
Carp to 21lb were landed on the Spellbrook section with up to 3 fish in a session. Several anglers caught 2 to 3 bream in a session both at Spellbrook and Twyford with the largest recorded at 6lb 14oz.Chub to 4lb figured in pleasure anglers catches at Spellbrook as did good sized roach, rudd an perch.
The Backwater also suffered from adverse water conditions however for those anglers, both pleasure and match, fishing with flow and colour catches of roach, rudd, dace and perch up to 12lb were recorded in a session.
Perch up to 2lb made up most of the weights with roach to 12oz, rudd to 8oz and dace to 4oz also showing to a variety of methods and baits.
2016: No Report
The river since the beginning of the season has been mainly clear. There is alot of weed in some areas but also plenty of clear patches worth locating and targeting when some colour in the water. In the first few days of the season anglers were catching roach, rudd and perch to 12oz above Spellbrook Lock with one angler losing some good carp when roach/bream fishing.
The best fishing is when the river has a bit of flow and colour. Sport has been patchy mainly due to the hot dry summer. Liquidised bread and punch have caught roach and dace from most swims but the bigger roach are found in certain swims so it is worth moving around. Small perch are falling to maggot and worms and since the beginning of the pike season, small lures.

There are a number of bream shoals particularly above Twyford Lock. The biggest reported so far 6lb with another two in the same session weighing over 3lb. The crayfish are becoming a nuisance when using bottom baits. The club are currently placing traps in one section of the river to access numbers and report back to the E.A.

The carp anglers have caught well throughout the fishery with fish to upper doubles reported. With the pike season just opened there have been no reports of big pike captures.

Some good chub have been spotted on the surface including above Twyford Lock. Historically the best chub fishing has been the town stretch and below Twyford Lock to Spellbrook Lock. 

Most members fish the pole for the silver fish. The best fishing is when the river has a bit of flow and colour. The river is not fished enough but good quality fish can be caught. Often a change of bait is required if maggots are not catching a change to punched bread will work. Although not so prevalent this season good quality rudd were caught throughout the summer by fishing shallow.  Pike captures to over 20lbs were reported last season. We ask anglers to treat carefully any pike caught and return live to the water. Day or club tickets will not be issued to pike anglers that intend to break this rule. The chub has been slow with only odd captures of fish averaging 3lbs. With the weed dying back ledgered cheese or breadflake is worth a go. Don’t forget the backstream behind the Malcolm Barker excellent fishing for all species when there is flow and colour. The town stretch is also fishing well. Parking can be a problem but over the weekend can be purchased for £2.50 Saturdays and £1.50 Sundays for the adjacent station car park.