Fishing permits

Fishing permits are available through Wimborne & District Angling Club for fishing at:

As part of our commitment to improve the quality of the environment in which we live, we have taken the opportunity to work with Wimborne District Angling Club (WDAC). This partnership secures future angling & investments on 3 Borough of Poole owned lakes in return for exclusive fishing rights. Benefits from working with WDAC are expertise, better regulated angling and additional funding opportunities.

Nature Conservation will still be the primary focus for these sites and all improvements/management undertaken by WDAC are subject to assent from the local authority. WDAC have a good proven record of managing waters for both wildlife and angling and their responsible approach helps balance and compliments both interests without concern.

If you would like to renew your permit or just want more information please contact Wimborne & District Angling Club or send an email to


Up to date permit prices can be found on Wimborne & District Angling Clubs membership pages.

Hatch Pond - Hatch Pond Road

Hatch Pond is now a 10 acre balancing pond situated within the Nuffield Industrial Estate, originally dug in the 19th century to supply water to the Waterloo Iron and Brass Foundry.

This site is particularly ecologically diverse for such a small area and is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNC). As such this sanctuary is primarily managed for its wildlife.

Hatch Pond has no on-site parking but parking is available on Stinsford Road, adjacent to the site.

Alder Hills - Sharp Road

Dug in the 1920s to supply the local pottery industry, Alder Hills fishery is a two and a half acre lake situated on the border of Bournemouth and Poole. The lake is part of Alder Hills Nature Reserve and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England and is primarily managed for its wildlife.

Alder Hills has no on-site parking and due to difficult topography no facilities are provided for disabled users.

Alder Hills has a closed season from 15 March to 15 June inclusive.

Creekmoor Ponds - Petersham Road

This 14 acre site was originally a large sand reserve. Mined heavily between 1920 and 1950, the sand removal left 2 large pits which flooded and became Creekmoor Ponds, the area consists of semi-mature woodland, scrub, rough grassland and remnant heathland.

Creekmoor Ponds have 2 disabled parking bays off the end of Petersham Road within a short distance of 3 wheelchair friendly fishing swims.

How to apply for a permit

How to apply and obtaining the most up to date information can be found on Wimborne and District Angling Clubs membership pages.

Fish you might catch

Hatch Pond: 

  • Common Carp - a number around the 10lb mark with regular ones caught in the mid 20lbs although some have been caught in excess of 30lb
  • Mirror Carp – up to low 20lbs
  • Roach – over 2lbs
  • Rudd – over 1lb
  • Tench
  • Perch
  • Eel

Alder Hills:

  • Common Carp - up to 25lb
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench
  • Perch
  • Pike

If you accidentally hook wildlife

If you accidentally 'hook' a swan, waterfowl, or other wildlife, do not strike. Cut the line as near as possible to the injured creature and contact the RSPCA.

Water pollution

To report water pollution contact the Environment Agency on:

Page last updated: 13 May 2021
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