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- Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery-

- Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery-

Location in South East:
Old Hollow, Worth, Nr. Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4TA, England, UK

- Phone: 01293 886598
- website:
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Day Tickets (per person for 2 rods):
The fishery has 90 pegs on peaceful, secluded waters, open all year, 7 am until sunset.

  • £8.00 per adult

  • 6.00 OAP, Disabled and Juniors under 16

  • 6.00 everyone after 1pm

  • 6.00 Winter Special (December, January and February)

  • Night Fishing for regulars only

Whole Lake Prices:

Woodpeckers and Ospreys £135 for exclusive use of the lake.

Non-angling clubs and first time users - 70 deposit required. Fully refundable if cancelled with more than 2 month's notice. If cancelled with less than 2 month's notice, either 35 refundable or whole amount transferred to another date.

Small Matches Prices

Non-Exclusive Use of Lake: 7 per person if 10 or more anglers. 8 per person if less than 10 anglers. We regret we are unable to offer Woodpeckers Lake on a per person basis on Sundays.


  • Car parking.

  • Toilet facilities.

  • Shelters at Woodpeckers and Ospreys Lakes.

  • Barbecue facilities on both Woodpeckers and Ospreys can be made available.

  • Cold drinks, chocolate bars and limited baits (sweetcorn, luncheon meat, crusty bread and slow sinking trout pellets) are available at the bailiffs house.

Getting There:
Woodpeckers is halfway along the Old Hollow in Worth, near Crawley. Look out for a Blue and Yellow sign at both sides of the bottom of our drive. The signs say Pestarrest Pest Control and Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery.

When you arrive, please stop at the bungalow at the top of the drive where signed. You'll be met by either David or Dianne who will take your payment. Once you've paid, drive on and right - down the main drive to the Car Park and once you've unloaded, walk down the track to the left which is marked MATCH. At the bottom of that track, the lakes are ahead of you, and they're all signed.

What's on Offer:
Woodpeckers Course Fishery opened to the public in 1996. Two well stocked coarse fishing lakes and two smaller fishing ponds provide some excellent sport in the heart of West Sussex.

The wide range of fish at Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery are in excellent condition, the lakes are superbly maintained and last but not least it's set in such a peaceful and tranquil location.

Details of the lakes and ponds at Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery are:

Woodpeckers Lake:
Woodpeckers lakeThis beautiful, popular lake is well stocked with a large selection of species including Ghost, Mirror, Crucian and Common Carp 28lb +, Tench and Bream up to 7lb, Perch, Chub up to 4lb, Rudd, Roach, Ornamentals etc. 30 pegs.

Baits most popular on Woodpeckers are (year round) maggots, sweetcorn, luncheon meat (especially popular), and floating baits crust and dog biscuits are good summer baits. Match winning weights on Woodpeckers are often in the 70lb + area.

Ospreys Lake:
Ospreys LakeFor something a little different, fish off one of our bridge-linked islands. Ospreys is our newest lake and is now a firm favourite with a lot of our regulars. It also features an angler's shelter.

Again, a very well stocked lake with similar species to Woodpeckers, but with 40 pegs. Perch and Chub 4lb + (**Chub stock recently increased), **Barbel (recently introduced), and again all species of Carp up to 28lb. (** March 2014)

Year round baits maggots, sweetcorn and luncheon meat. Again match weights reach 70lb + on Ospreys.

Newt's Predator Pond:
Newt's Predator PondPerfect for plugs and spinner fishing year round.

This 15 peg pond holds perch up to 3 lb + , pike to 10lb and carp up to 18 lb +.

Best baits for Newts are lures, maggots, crust, luncheon meat and worms.

Penny's Pond:-
A small, fun fishing water ideal for children.

Lots of Goldfish, Shubunkin, Golden Rudd and Carp to 3 lb plus other species all of which respond well to maggots and bread. Penny's Pond is the oldest of our 4 lakes.

Contour Maps of Lakes now available:
'Detailed water depth contour maps of Woodpeckers and Ospreys Lakes are available to purchase online. Please go to and check out their fab website'.

Venue Rules:

  • Please only use barbless hooks.

  • No keep nets or carp sacks, except for matches, please.

  • No live bait or dead bait for predators on Newt's Pond (or any other pond!) No dogs, no litter, no radios please. Remember others want to enjoy the fishery.

  • No unaccompanied Juniors under 16.

  • Fish from marked pegs only please don't trample our plants.

Additional Information:

  • Litter will not be tolerated. Please take it home.
  • Do not remove fish (dead or alive) from the fishery.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for loss, damage or injury to any person, vehicle or equipment.
  • Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery reserve the right to refuse admnission.

Please note:
DO NOT remove fish (dead or alive) from the fishery.
Take you litter home.

For more information on Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery, visit their excellent website at:

For a Contour Depth map of this Fishery visit:

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