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New Forest Fishing

New Forest fishing for Carp, Roach, Bream, Tench, Pike, Perch, Eels and Rudd at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet offers a variety of fish for you to catch. Enjoy! I've recently been asked if carp are in this fishing pond - the answer's Yes and the biggest was 40lb! Good Luck.

New Forest Fishing info will be updated nearer to the June 2021 date. 

Coarse fishing on the Forestry Commission Hatchet Pond opens from

16 June 2021 until 14 March 2022.

I hope the links are helpful but if you have any questions please Contact Me and I'll try to help. Check on the website that the 2022 season is allowed to go ahead. Also make sure you phone the shops for your permits.

Good news - the prices haven't gone up!

You'll need a New Forest fishing permit from the Forestry Commission and can buy a day, week or season ticket.  There is also a Code of Conduct to follow if you want to fish on the New Forest at Hatchet and Little Hatchet Pond.

You'll also need an Environment Agency Rod License

New Forest Fishing

Coarse Fishing Permit Purchase contacts

Day and Week Tickets from
The Kings House, High Street, Lyndhurst (Mon-Fri 9.00am-4pm)Sat Nav  SO43 7NH T:0300 067 4601 Contact Direct by phone

Poingdestres Angling Centre Unit 11, Southampton Trade Park Third Avenue, Southampton, Millbrook SO15 0LE T: 023 8077 2958 **Highly recommended**

Loni's Angling Centre 119 Old Milton Road New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6DP T: 01425 616323

If you've still got more questions here's a great article on Hatchet Pond I think you'll find interesting.

Season Permits  are only available from the Forestry Commission Offices at The Kings House, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NH.

You can pay in person Office Hours Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm by debit/credit card (Not by cash)

Or by phone 0300 067 4601 during office hours to pay by debit or credit card over the phone. You season permit will then be posted out to you.

These will go on sale from 16 June 2023

How much? Please check these charges are up to date before you go.

Up to 2 rods

Day            Adult £20 Under 17/ Concession £14 

Week         Adult £50 Under 17/Concession £30

Season      Adult £150 Under17/Concession £75

Up to 3 rods

Day          Adult £30 Under17/Concession £18

Week       Adult £60 Under17/Concession £40

Season    Adult £200 Under17/Concession £100

This seems quite a reasonable fee to me?

Find out about a Rod Licence here

New Forest Fishing places I haven't visited for you to discover.

  • I rang Turf Croft Farms Burley BH24 4DF who offer day fishing for King Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Rudd Roach, Golden Tench, Green Tench, Silver Bream, Skimmers, Red Rudd, and Wild Hybrid Carp. No casual viewing allowed call 01425 403743 to have a chat. (I had a link to their website but it it not working so I've taken it down. Please ring or
  • Access for disabled fishing is catered for too which is good to hear.

Other places close to the New Forest to cast your line

  • Latest update on fishing at the New Forest Water Park near Ringwood.
  • Mark who owns this venue has told me that at the moment the membership is full and the waiting list is long. Bad news I'm afraid, especially when you see the photos of some of the enormous catches.  The photos I saw showed they really were an anglers dream catch.
  • The good news is that they are in the process of trying to buy another lake and so membership may be opened up and day fishing allowed. This sounds good to me so I suggest you contact
    New Forest Water Park and maybe try to get you name down?
  • Sandy Balls Holiday Centre - for the experienced angler who wants to try their luck on the River Avon - also nearby Somerley Lakes - day tickets are available from the Sandy Balls Cycle Centre. You can fish on site on the River Avon, hire rods, buy bait etc.
  • Rockbourne Trout Fishing - if you know it is trout you want to catch Rockbourne is off the Forest but still worth a visit and offers day permits and evening permits too - relax after work!

Coarse fishing is available from 16th June 2018. Updated info from the Forestry Commission will be available from early June and that's where I've updated my info. The photo above shows you what Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet looks like to fish from.

When the season opens again you'll hopefully catch Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd.

Fly Fishing in Hampshire from chalkstreams?

I've just read a fascinating article by Simon Cooper about fly fishing in Hampshire and realised that it may be of interest to you. You can discover more about the chalkstreams in southern England and have a fishing break with Simon on the River Test and further afield too.

When you land your catch in these beautiful surroundings you may not even have to exaggerate the size - you will have enjoyed your angling day so much! If you have a great day out size may not matter - or perhaps I haven't grasped the thrill of getting the ultimate catch to tell all your friends about over a pint?

Now you can share your success stories with others! Just fill in the form below for your own Best New Forest fishing tales ever! What have you got to tell us? - you can even add a photo of your prize catch!

Find the form at the bottom of the page and share your tips, tales and photos.

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For a really special gift or tool which can be unique to you -what about your very own Priest stick to swiftly dispatch your prize catch? Wood Workouts have that perfect tool for you.

I hope you enjoy casting your line and have a wonderful experience wherever you decide to try for that record catch!

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I hope you enjoy your New Forest fishing either in season at Hatchet Pond or the other sites I've suggested. As I find more places for New Forest angling I'll let you know. In the meantime share where you've been and what you've landed with us?

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