Badshot Lea Big Pond


OS Map Reference: SU 682 489
Postcode: GU9 9LQ
Water Type: Mature Gravel Pit
Designation: Carp & Specimen Water
Size: 16 acres
Maximum Depth: 10 feet
Facilities: Secure Parking
Contacts: Head Bailiff: Mr. A. Loten
Deputy Bailiff: Mr. J Billington
Local Surrey Police: 101
Stock: Roach to 2lb
Bream to 10lb
Carp to 24lb+
Tench to 11lb
Grass Carp to 34lb+
Catfish to 68lb
Koi Carp to 15lb
Perch to 3lb
Pike - Rudd - big Eels - Roach/Bream hybrids

A popular mixed coarse fishery for many years, the Big Pond is now gaining a well deserved reputation as an excellent catfish water. With sixteen well-stocked acres to choose from, finding a swim to enjoy a successful session is seldom a problem.

Species include Roach to 2lbs, Bream to 10lb, Common & Mirror Carp to 24lb, Perch to 3lb and Tench to 11lb.

This mature gravel pit offers a wide range of fishing from 69 swims. Species include Roach to 2lbs, Bream to 10lb, Common Carp to 21lb, Mirror Carp to 24lb, Perch to 3lb and Tench to 11lb.

The lake also provides an opportunity to catch some of the more exotic and non-indigenous species like Grass Carp to 34lb, Wels Catfish to 68lb and Koi Carp.

In recent seasons, the Society has spent time and effort monitoring and improving the quality of this water and has successfully increased the stock.

Toilets and fresh water are available in the Car Park.

A Walk Around the Badshot Lea Complex Video

Click through the image to to view the video that takes you for a walk around this venue:

Tackle and Tactics

Tactics for the Carp have centred around single baits with groundbait sticks or pellet bags over recent years, although the time might be right for a comeback of fishing over particles or pellet.

The Bream and Hybrids give excellent sport on the pole or feeder and large bags are easily attainable with either maggot or pellet as a bait.

The Catfish offer an interesting challenge and once you have hooked a decent sized specimen you will know why they are such a popular quarry. Most cats come out to anglers fishing for Carp, but a live bait presented just sub surface is a killing method.

Remember to set your clutch properly to avoid being flat lined if you connect with a Catfish, which grow to over 60lb !

Record Fish

Farnham Angling Society Record

Species lbs:ozs:drms kilo.grms Date Captor
Wells Catfish 68:04:00 30.944 April 2008 Ryan Reid
Common Carp 40:03:00 18.229 September 2010 Jason Clarke
Tench 10:10:00 4.86 April 2010 Daniel Ibbott

Local Bye-Laws

  • All banks may be fished.
  • Please ensure that the gate is locked at all times, even if it was open on your
  • Night fishing is allowed, but we must stress that junior members are not
    permitted to fish at night without an accompanying AND adjacent SENIOR
    MEMBER. (see bye-law 4.r)
  • Please note Bye-law 4. j.2 and 4.v pages are specific to
    this water.
  • No carp to be retained in keepnets.

News & Articles

Rescheduled Junior Teach In – Badshot Lea Small Pond: The Helicopter Rig changed from 28th May to: Pellet Lead – 19th August 2013.

At 8am Monday I was on the bank of Badshot Lea Small Pond looking after a couple of youngsters, Luna and Nico at a rescheduled ...
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FAS raises over £31,000 for Charity in 11 years

Following this year’s 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match which is organised by Farnham Angling Society and takes place on Badshot Lea Big Pond ...
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Farnham Angling Society raises £3,306.11 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham received £3,306.11 thanks to the members of Farnham Angling Society following the 2011 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs ...
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Off Lower Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea, Hampshire

Directions & Parking

From the roundabout (Shepherd and Flock) at the eastern end of the Farnham by-pass take the exit road sign posted Aldershot after 200m take the 2nd exit on the mini-roundabout sign posted to Badshot Lea and Trading Estate.

Pass Sainsbury’s superstore on your right, go straight across another mini-roundabout and continue about a mile to traffic lights.

Turn left into Lower Weybourne Lane. After about 0.25 miles turn right into the car park, immediately before the railway bridge and the Sea-Cadet hall.

Alternatively, approaching from the direction of Farnborough on the A325, turn left at Heath End between the Royal Arms public house and the petrol station.

Proceed down the hill, straight across the cross roads, and continue until you pass beneath the railway bridge and past the Sea Cadet hall on your left.

The car park is then immediately on the left.

A further car park is now available with access from the A324 Lower Farnham Road, the new car park has been built next to the existing pedestrian access gate to the Small Pond.

All parts of the Complex can be reached from the car parks. The waters can also be reached from Boxalls Lane along a footpath parallel with the railway line,