Following many years of neglect, this once famous Hull fishery declined badly, having suffered from vandalism, heavy littering and poaching. It had also become silted and quite weedy, all of which has put off decent local anglers from fishing the venue. In 2016, the Association moved its monthly meetings to Willows Club and our reputation for high-quality venues and good-management meant that the Willows’ committee sought our input in reviving the pond.
Willows is a tree-lined pool of approximately ¾-acre in size. It contains good numbers of fish including tench, rudd and bream, along with some carp.
Security for members fishing the venue is a top priority, so we have organised a team of local bailiffs committed to regular visits and checks. The pond is surrounded on three sides by a high, barbed-wire topped wall, and the other bank has had a high-quality security fence and lockable gate installed, thus completely enclosing the venue to further discourage unlicensed fishing.
The existing pegs were old, dangerous wooden platforms and these have been removed and replaced with timber-framed, safe swims. The many trees that surround the pond shed considerable leaf-fall directly into the pond, adding significantly to the build up of silt and also block the oxygenating effect of the wind. These will be trimmed back along with a cutting back of backside vegetation and a general clean-up of litter and refuse.
We are confident that the Association and its volunteers can improve Willows Pond and turn it back into the picturesque fishery it once was, a place for all age groups of anglers to fish and enjoy a green space within the city. Fishing on the venue will be controlled under the existing H&DAA fishery rules including a ban on the use of keepnets outside of official matches and with the addition of a 2-rod maximum.
We also hope to utilise Willows as a venue to extend our coaching programme to encourage more people, particularly the young into our sport. We would welcome the involvement of any members willing to help with the work at Willows or to become bailiffs making regular visits, if you’re interested please contact Derek Pye 07811 897033 for details.
Hull & DAA permit
Stock / Size
Tench, Rudd, Bream, Carp
The pond is situated behind the Willows Club, 695 Holderness Rd, Hull HU8 9AN
Excellent parking available in Willows Club car park