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Coarse Fishing in the New Forest

The fishing season is now closed and will re-open on 16th June 2018.

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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Last updated: 16th June 2018

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  • Parking is available at Hatchet Pond or Little Hatchet.
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  • Toilets are situated in Hatchet Pond car park.
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