New Forest National Park Pocket Guide ebook

New Forest fishing

- requirements for Forestry Commission owned ponds

Some relaxing New Forest fishing can be enjoyed on Hatchet Pond on the outskirts of Beaulieu. Until recently fishing for juniors was also available at Janesmoor Pond on Stoney Cross, but sadly this has been stopped by the FC. Hatchet pond enjoys a good selection of fish, including pike and perch.

New Forest fishing at Hatchet and Janesmoor Ponds

For Hatchet Pond, day week or season tickets can be purchased from various outlets around the New Forest National Park, including most of the local fishing shops. The Forestry Commission offices at Queen's House in Lyndhurst is another place to buy them from or find out exactly where they are being sold. The contact details are:

Forestry Commission
Queen's House
Lyndhurst
Tel: 02380 283141
Fax: 02380 283929
E-mail: enquiries.new.forest@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

New Forest Fishing Code

The Forestry Commission has implemented this Code of Conduct for anglers, which should be followed when fishing at either pond, particularly Hatchet:

In addition to these two Forestry Commission managed New Forest fishing locations, there are several privately owned fisheries in and around the National Park, and plenty of coastline for free sea fishing.
By far the largest private fishery in the area is Broadlands Lake (www.broadlands-lake.co.uk) for coarse fishing, while Leominstead Trout Fishery (tel. 02380 282610) offers some rural fly fishing at Emery Down, just outside Lyndhurst, in the very heart of the New Forest.

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