Windmill Pond is a century old brick pit on the south bank of the Humber, at New Holland.
It was a popular venue with our members as a carp and rudd fishery, unfortunately it was inundated with saltwater during the Humber tidal surge in December 2013. This resulted in the loss of the majority of the venue’s valuable fish, including numbers of large rudd, tench and many carp, some weighing well in excess of 25lb.
Association officers have closely monitored the salinity and from a high of 20 parts per thousand just after the surge, concentrations have steadily reduced to 8 parts per thousand when measured in early 2016. This is below what scientific research indicates as lethal to coarse species. So in the spring of 2016, 75 carp from a fast-growing, quality strain were introduced. Rudd and tench will also be stocked. The venue’s extensive reed beds were the motivation in the past to designate many of the old Humber clay pits as SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). This means that other agencies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency have a major influence in the species and stocking densities that can be introduced.
Obviously, as a responsible angling association we wish to plot a course via negotiation with these agencies, allowing Windmill Pond to be returned to its pre-surge state by introducing the same variety of species, namely carp, rudd, perch and tench. The protect the fishery, and the considerable investment in new stock, an otter fence has been installed around the fishery by Association volunteers.
The Association has decided to allow the newly introduced fish to settle in, and have put a one-year moratorium on any fishing. Therefore no angling will be allowed at Windmill until 2017.
There will be further updates on progress via the H&DAA website, forum, Facebook and newsletters.
No angling allowed until 2017
Standard Membership 5am – 10am
Stock / Size
Carp, Tench, Rudd, Perch, Eels.
Head towards New Holland on the B1206. At the roundabout just before entering New Holland take the first left, signposted “Industrial Estate” and “Barrow Haven”. Continue for 0.65 mile until a large blue storage building (NHBS) is seen on the left. Just past this building is a track. Follow the track outside the steel fence and carry on past the small sewage works also on the left. The track then turns left with a small drain on the right and a railway track, and come to a manual railway crossing on your right. Use extreme caution in crossing the railway track. Open both gate after carefully checking that no trains are coming. Drive across the track after again checking that no trains are coming. Stop on the pond side of the track and again check for trains before closing both gates. There is a single track that goes partly around the pond.
Parking is limited. The are some swims on the south side of the pond (where you first enter) with good parking. There is no fishing on the west bank alongside the track which is used by the householder (north/west corner). There is further parking on the north bank where there are a couple of swims. There is also a swim on the east bank but no parking (park on south bank if using this swim).