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 28 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. Other species have also been 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) and these include Windmill Pond. Obviously, as a responsible angling association we wished to plot a course via negotiation with these agencies, allowing Windmill Pond to be returned to its pre-surge state. Interestingly, in the past some of these agencies and their consultants blamed the presence of carp on the lack of submerged weeds, despite older anglers knowing that the pond had never had aquatic weed long prior to the introduction of any carp. However, since the recent stocking of the exact same number of carp that perished, Windmill Pond has seen submerged aquatic weed become prevalent. Just because someone has letters after their name doesn’t always mean they know what they’re talking about!
To protect the fishery, and the considerable investment in new stock, an otter fence has been installed around the fishery by Association volunteers.
The Association decided to allow the newly introduced fish to settle in and put a one-year moratorium on any fishing. Angling started again in 2017 and the stocked fish have since grown very quickly. There are numbers of carp over 20lb being caught, with an odd 30-pounder present in 2022.
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
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.
Postcode: DN19 7RY
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).
All H&DAA members intending to fish at Windmill Pond must make note of the new regulations for using the railway level crossing, which gives access to our property and fishery.
Network Rail has installed an Overlay Miniature Stop Light system, which improves safety for anyone using the crossing. It gives a visual and audible warning when a train is approaching.
This should be used as an addition to the user’s own care and vigilance when using the crossing and not as a substitute. It is crucial that users remain alert at all times when using the crossing.
When the GREEN light is showing the system indicates there is no train approaching and it is safe to cross. When the RED light is showing and an audible alarm is sounding, a train is approaching and you MUST NOT use the crossing.
If NO LIGHT is showing the system has developed a fault and the crossing must not be used, and the user should contact the telephone number displayed.
Membership of HDAA is open to anyone who agrees to abide by our common-sense Fishery Rules. All membership permits run from 1st Jan to 31st December annually. Membership allows angling on most of the Association’s venues from 5.00am to 10.00pm (except Carlton on Trent where the start time is 7.00am).
We have teamed up with shops, companies, suppliers, etc. to offer discounts to our members on production of a valid membership card.