Tarn Pond

Cut Mill, Surrey

OS Map Reference: SU 911 456
Postcode: GU3 1BG
Water Type: Dammed Estate Lake
Designation: Carp & Specimen Water
Size: 8 acres
Maximum Depth: 5 feet
Contacts: Head Bailiff: Mr M Hopkins
Deputy Bailiff: Mr T Goddard
Local Police: 101
Stock: Mirror Carp to 29lb
Common Carp to 20lb+
Bream to 11lb
Tench to 7lb
Eels to 6lb
Pike to 10lb+
Crucian Carp and Roach

More commonly called Cutt Mill, Tarn Pond is a fine estate lake, set amidst woodland on the edge of scenic Puttenham Common. An extensive carp stocking programme has been undertaken to return this water as a premier carp fishery.

As we come to the completion of the restocking programme, Tarn Pond has now approximately 250 carp, with a mix of fast growing and slower growing fish. Most are now in double-figures. The original Leney carp are being reported well into the 20lb mark. Lots of Tench are showing, largest at 9lb to date, Crucian Carp to 3lb+ with lots of small silver fish making for good mixed sport. The future’s bright for Tarn Pond.

Tackle and Tactics

Tarn Pond is becoming known as a prolific Carp fishery and the fish are attaining good weights and readily come to most bottom tactics. Tarn was once an exceptional surface fishery and these tactics could well be worth trying with the new inhabitants.

This typical estate lakes comes complete with deep silt and sandy margins offering an interesting set of backgrounds for differing methods of presentation, just remember that all the bottom species are happy digging deep in the silt and will find your baits, no matter how deep they are!

The Bream, Tench and Crucians are infrequently targeted, but can give fantastic sport on the pole or tip. The sandy marginal shelf makes presentation with the pole or waggler easier and fishing on the feeder into the main silt can be a devastating tactic.

This venue is known to contain some exceptional Eels and is well worth a visit by the those after the wily Anguilla!

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Record Fish

Farnham Angling Society Record

Species lbs:ozs:drms kilo.grms Date Captor
Eel 6:11:00 2.721 July 2009 Duncan Charman

Local Bye-Laws

  • You may fish anywhere on Tarn Pond with the exception of the roadside dam.
  • We ask members to pay special note to Bye-law 4.h regarding litter and
    discarded line.
  • Night Fishing
    Night ticket operator – Tel 07903 250905 which operates between 2.30pm – 6:30pm daily (no voicemail or text messages will be accepted).
    A ‘ Night Ticket’ System operates on this water from 16th June until 31st October each year. You cannot night fish on this water between these dates unless you have booked your ticket. See your handbook for full details of how to book your night ticket.
  • Twelve swims are signed as ‘Night Priority’. Any non night fishing member
    occupying one of these swims must vacate it to a member with a night fishing
    authorisation code, if so requested, one hour before sunset. Sunset will be
    defined as the daily published ‘Lighting-Up’ times.
  • Non night fishing members must restrict their fishing to the period of 5:00am
    until 10:30pm and vacate the swim.
  • Catfish which are caught must be placed in the retention nets at the fisheries for removal (Bye-law 10). Any Member or Guest not doing so, will face disciplinary action, as none of the venues are CEFAS approved for Catfish.

Directions & Parking

From the Shepherd and Flock roundabout at the east-end of Farnham (A31 bypass), follow the A31 east towards Guildford. After 0.75 miles take the Runfold turning of the dual carriageway and follow the road until the Elstead, Milford, The Sands sign.

Turn right and then take the first left sign posted Elstead (Crooksbury Road). Half a mile further on, take the left fork towards The Sands. Follow this road for three miles. The ponds are on the left hand side, at the junction with the road from Elstead to Puttenham.

Parking spaces are plentiful on both sides of Tarn Pond. Do not park on the road, especially the road alongside the dam, or in front of the cottage.


Just off Littleworth Road, Cutt Mill, Surrey