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Coarse Fishing in the New Forest
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The fishing Season Runs from 16th June - 14th March.

A variety of fish can be caught at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet including; Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp,Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd.Little Hatchet Pond. New Forest

In order to fish at Hatchet Pond or Little Hatchet you will require a Forestry Commission fishing permit as well as  an Environment Agency Rod License.

Forestry Commission Fishing Permits are available as day, week or season tickets. 

Where can I get a permit?

Day and Week tickets are available from the outlets below, from the 16th June:

Season Permits  are only available from The Queens House, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NH.

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 The prices for a Forestry Commission fishing permit for Hatchet Pond  or Little Hatchet Pond are below;


Price for 2 rods

  Adult U17 & Concession
Day   £10.00  £7.00
 Week  £27.00  £14.00
Season  £100.00 £50.00


Price for 3 rods

  Adult  U17 & Concession
Day  £15.00  £9.00
Week  £42.00  £25.00
Season  £150.00  £70.00


If you wish to purchase a Season Permit you can either:

Pay in person: at our office in Lyndhurst (SO43 7NH) during office hours which are Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. We can accept payment by debit/credit card or cash.

Phone: Please call us on 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.

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Code of Conduct 

 Conditions of Issue of New Forest Fishing Permits for Hatchet and Little Hatchet Pond


  • A Forestry Commission fishing permit and Environment Agency rod license must be carried whilst fishing and shown to any Forestry Commission or Environment Agency officer on request.
  • In their own interest fishermen are advised to familiarise themselves with the byelaws of the Environment Agency Southern Region.
  • Fishing is permitted only between half and hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset.
  • No night fishing, overnight parking or staking out or pitches is allowed.
  • Only dead marine fish should be used as bait for Pike.
  • Parking must be in the officially designated car parks.
  • All fish to be returned immediately to the water. It is an offence under the byelaws to take fish away.
  • Permits are valid for 2 or 3 rods, depending on the fee paid.
  • Keep nets may not be used. Always use a landing net and unhooking mat when handling caught fish.
  • Barbless hooks only to be used.
  • The Forestry Commission is indemnified against any claim which may arise as a result of the use of the permits and any damage to forestry Commission property is to be made good to the satisfaction of the Deputy Surveyor.
  • Care should be exercised near water especially where the bank slope steeply or deep water is present and young people should be in the care and control of responsible adults.

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What do other visitors say?

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hi fished at hatchet pond several times , now registered disabled is there concessions on day tickets and if so how much are they ty.

chris cawsey, 12/Jan/2018

Thank you for your e-mail. The day ticket price for concessions is currently 7.00 for 2 rods and 9.00 for 3 rods

Forestry Commission Response

What the best bate to use

Anonymous, 2/Jul/2017

As a variety of fish live in Hatchet Pond, therefore the bait can vary. However boilies can be used in moderation and only dead marine fish should be used for pike fishing..

Forestry Commission Response

I think the pond has no smaller fish in it, due to cormarrants eating them all.

Anonymous, 21/Feb/2017
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Last updated: 27th January 2018

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