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Notice: Carp cradles and a minimum of 36-inch landing net must now be used on Sumners Lake, Match Lake and Betty's Lake.

The fishing lakes are open to day tickets from 7am each morning until dusk or 9pm, which ever comes sooner. Campers and members may begin fishing at 6am during the summer months when the mornings are lighter. Day tickets can be obtained from the reception or the bailiff who will make several visits during the day. The fishery rules can be viewed on the large notice board located outside reception, on the web site and also on the back of all fishing permits.

There are currently four course fishing waters open at Sumners Ponds.

Sumners Lake, the larger specimen water, is stocked with Carp up to and around 36lb, Perch to 4lb, Chub to 6lb, Bream to 7lb, Roach to 2lb and Pike to 15lb. Half of this lake is generally reserved for campers but vacant swims can be fished if there isn't an arrival on that day. Night fishing for members and campers is also possible on this lake.

In the Farm Pond, the smaller but more mature of the lakes, we have Carp to to 24lb, Roach, Tench, Rudd, Chub, Perch and Crucians. Both The Farm Pond and The Sumners Lake are open everyday to day tickets as we do not book matches on these waters. Night fishing is possible on this lake when a premium camping pitch is booked.

Set on its own, away from the campsite lies the 3.5 acre Match Lake which provides prolific fishing with Barbel, Chub, Carp, Crucians, Tench and Roach. Primarily designed for the match fisherman but provides great sport for the day ticket fisherman too. 

The Ribbon Lake, as its name implies, is a meandering ribbon of water. It is well stocked with fish such as Barbel, Tench, Chub, Bream, Roach and Crucians. It is popular with match fisherman and is also ideal for beginners or parent and child teams as you can generally be guaranteed a successful catch on most visits.

Our newest addition is Betty's Lake is for experienced fishermen only. Our newest specimen water is stocked with a host of Redmire Common Carp, Simmonds Mirror Carp, Barbel, Tench, Perch and Chub. Betty's Lake has 18 spacious dugout swims particularly suited to the Carp angler using bank sticks, bivvy pegs and rod-pods. There is also plenty of parking around this lake with some reserved for disabled anglers. There are a few added responsibilities that anglers will need to observe on this water alongside the existing rules: Anglers must have suitable experience. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 12lb breaking strain line in addition to same strength hooklinks. Medi-care fish treatments should be used. Fishing is only permitted from the designated swim areas and not between. Betty's Lake is NOW OPEN. Members can book to night fish by appointment only.

Please note that we are serious about the well being of our valuable fish stocks. You must be sure that you have read and understood the fishery rules and have the correct equipment. Our staff are happy to advise as are most experienced fishermen.

Download our fishing rules here.

Download our membership pack here.

If you have any questions regarding the fishery, want to contact one of the fishing bailiffs or just want to send in pictures of your catches email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For current offers and discounts click here.

Prices in 2017

Adult Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £8.00 / 2 Rods: £12.00 (ages 16 years +)

Junior Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £7.00 / 2 Rods: £10.00 (aged up to 15 years)

Concession Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £7.00 / 2 Rods: £10.00 (aged 60 years +)

Bait and Tackle Shop

Alan and Rob, our resident bailiffs are usually available for help and advice on every aspect of fishing at Sumners Ponds. We keep a well stocked bait and tackle section in our reception building. Live baits such as maggots and worms are available (excluding winter), as well as some frozen baits.

We stock popular tackle brands such as Drennan, Gardener and Middy and baits brands such as Copdock Mill and Crafty Catcher. Even if you're not planning on fishing at Sumners Ponds visitors are welcome to browse the tackle shop during reception opening hours. If you have any questions about what we stock in the tackle shop please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Contact Us

Sumners Ponds
Chapel Road
Barns Green, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 0PR

Reception: 01403 732539  
Cafe: 01403 732734
Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk

Reception Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Cafe Opening Times

Sunday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday: 8am - 10:30pm