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Date updated: 9/06/2022

Epping Forest is a great place to fish, whether you've never done it before or have been fishing for years. We have 25 different fishing ponds spread over the Forest for you to enjoy.

Fishing in Epping Forest

Have a look at our map to find our 25 fishing ponds and plan your day out with us.

We also have a number of guidelines on fishing in Epping Forest which you should read up on before visiting.

Epping Forest map PDF (256KB)
Date submitted: 20/11/19

Pond locations

You can find all of our fishing ponds below using what3words.

Pond locations
Pond what3words location
Baldwins Pond ///weeks.drift.medium
Bell Common Pond South (Horse Pond or Mill Plain Pond) ///causes.dimes.daisy
Blackweir Pond (Lost Pond) ///moment.reward.ankle
Bulrush Pond (Rising Sun Pond) ///legs.stays.prefer
Butlers Retreat Pond ///dozen.neck.wedge
Connaught Water ///plank.sector.cheek
Earl's Path Pond ///fetch.villa.trail
Goldings Hill Outer Pond ///lovely.plug.hedge
Hawcock Pond (Pizzle Pit North) ///after.prom.hope
Higham's Park Lake ///slimy.tuned.lung
Hollow Ponds ///dame.twin.sleep
Johnston's Pond ///globe.adopt.passes
Knighton Lake or Pond (Buxtons Pond) ///fence.them.listed
Leighs Pond (Lees Pond) ///king.affair.wash
Oak Hill South Pond ///later.leaves.shops
Ornamental Water ///badly.purple.error
Perch Pond ///
Pizzle Pit South ///feel.relax.corn
Potato Pond (Men's Club Pond) ///cope.poetic.third
Staples Rd. Pond ///export.bills.tuck
Theydon Green Pond ///patio.words.safely
Wake Valley Pond ///visual.crib.landed
Warren Pond ///times.anyway.meant
Wintry Wood lake (The Lake - Lower Forest Lake) ///shorts.dull.shed
Woodyard Pond South (Sawpits South) ///busy.goods.skinny


There are some guidelines you need to follow when you're fishing here. You should:

  • not fish during the closed season - times are from 15 March to 15 June
  • buy a rod fishing licence
    • children under 13 years do not need a licence
  • not fish anywhere you can see a 'no fishing' sign
  • not fish at night
  • put back everything you catch
  • not add anything to the water
  • not use keep nets or carp sacks
  • handle fish carefully and with wet hands
  • use unhooking mats to unhook large fish
  • not use live vertebrate animals or nuts as bait
  • not use lures, spoons, floating baits, barbed hooks, braided lines or spinners
  • not use more than two rods at once
  • remove any broken line so that water fowl do not get tangled