This three and a half mile stretch of water, owned by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust, has a large stock of fish, including; Pike and Carp to 20lb, Perch, Roach, Tench, Gudgeon, Rudd, Dace, and Bream. Due to increased use of the pleasure trip boat there is usually plenty of colour in the water which has greatly improved the fishing.
There is parking at Hunston bend where about 20 cars will find room. A village shop and the Pub (the Spotted Cow) will cater for the needs of Anglers who have run out of supplies! You can also park in Grosvenor Road, Stockbridge and Orchard Side Hunston, however these are both residential areas so please take care when parking.
The well maintained tow paths mean easy access, even for the disabled. In December 2015 the EA stocked approximately 2400 skimmers and tench mainly in the basin area. It was hoped that these fish would spread out and populate the rest of the canal but this did not seem to happen. There are plans to move fish from the basin area and relocate them further down the canal and this should take place in Spring 2017.
The stretch from the Canal Basin near the Police Station in Chichester, to the A27 Chichester Bypass bridge is closed to fishing from 1st April until the 30th September.
Closed Season: None – Open all year