Kenilworth Crescent, Fleet, GU51 3, Hants, United Kingdom
The largest freshwater lake in Hampshire, Fleet Pond is located on 52 acres of a nature reserve. The lake itself is 52 acres.
Fleet Pond is owned by the Hart District Council and managed in part by the Fleet Pond Society. A permit from the Council is required to fish in the lake. This can be obtained from the Harlington Centre or from “Tackle Up” on Fleet Road. Anglers will also require an Environmental Agency rod licence.
Over the past 25 or so years, Fleet Pond fell somewhat into disrepair. According to reports, the sand levels have risen and that’s impacted the depth of the lake. It’s evidently very shallow for a lake of this type, with depths of only 16 feet across the waters.
There are six swims at Fleet Pond as of the latest reporting. They are located along the railway bank, with one of the six at the foot of Chessnut Grove Road.
The lake is stocked with perch, hybrids, tench, bream, carp, roach, rudd, and pike.
What size do the fish go to?
Perch up to two pounds have been reported in Fleet Pond.
The lake has also turned up tench up to four pounds, bream measuring five pounds, carp up to 10 pounds, and pike up to 18 pounds.
What tactics work well?
Site by-laws apply to Fleet Pond, so anglers will want to check out the rules with the Fleet Pond Society ahead of time.
Visitors may only fish from boats, an approved fishing jetty, or the available swims.
What facilities are on site?
Along with the lake, this nature reserve hosts a number of habitats for exploration. There are woodlands, heathlands, reedbeds, and marshes.
Much of the land is defined as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to the biodiversity on the property.
Is parking available?
Parking is available on location.