Fishing in the forest

September 3rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Fishing in the forest

Living in Chigwell Loughton or Woodford means you are within easy reach of fishing in the forest. It might not be quite what you imagined but there are over 100 lakes and ponds in Epping Forest and you can fish in 24 of them. 

Whether you are a first-time fisherman or a seasoned angler, you can find peace and tranquillity by the water's edge in Epping Forest as long as you observe the fishing rules. Wherever you fish there are always rules to protect the fish and the environment. The Epping Forest Fishing rules state that; there is no fishing in any ponds or streams during the closed season -15 March to 15 June inclusive, you must have a rod licence to fish, children under 12 years, however, do not need a licence.

You must not fish in any pond or lake where there is a sign prohibiting fishing and there is no fishing at night. No fish, aquatic animals or plants may be introduced or removed from the lakes and ponds. This means you must put everything you catch back into the water. You must not use keep nets or carp sacks and please handle fish carefully and with wet hands.

Please limit your use of ground bait. Do not use live vertebrate animals or nuts as bait. Do not use lures, spoons, floating baits, barbed hooks, braided lines or spinners. Please remove any broken line so that waterfowl do not get tangled. A maximum of two rods may be used at once.

There may be lots of rules but these are to help maintain the environment for everyone to enjoy in the areas of Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. It is good to teach young people how to be respectful of fishing rules young and every year, the local authority organise junior angling training events that take place throughout the summer. Also if you are a keen angler or are you interested in habitat management? You can get involved and help by volunteering!