Shotton Hall Pond, a truly unique and excusive opportunity to be, and to be able to fish in the North East -There is no other place like it.
About Shotton Hall Pond
Shotton Hall was originally an 18th Century fine country house and grounds. It is currently owned by Peterlee Town Council and is both a wedding, and conferencing venue, as well as the Council’s administrative offices. The pond at Shotton Hall is roughly as old as the Hall itself. The Ordnance Survey six-inch map of England and Wales of 1861 clearly shows the ‘fish pond’ in its current place and almost identical shape.
The pond is not particularly deep, but it does have an abundant natural stock of native freshwater course fish including - Common and Mirror Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd and Perch. A number of the Carp are easily in double figures weight. There are also a number of non-native ornamental (Koi) Carp that have obviously been introduced at some point in the past by local residents! There are rumours of Pike and Eels, but to date no recorded landings of either. A true mixed fishery.
Despite a ‘no fishing’ policy being in place, the pond has been sporadically fished over the years. Sadly, many of these anglers have not had the skill or equipment to fish the water correctly and this has led to some small levels of damage, litter, discarded tackle and foul-hooked fish. In November 2017 the Town Council took the decision to open up the fishing rights to the pond to proper anglers who would work with the Council to ensure the pond is fished responsibly and to enable the small amount of revenue raised to be used to invest in the upkeep of the pond as a natural habitat.
From 1st June 2023 Shotton Hall Angling Club members (no day tickets) can enjoy angling out of Shotton Hall opening/closing times but must be pre-booked online through the Booking tab on this home page.
Shotton Hall grounds are open from 8.30am Monday to Friday. Day tickets are available Monday to Friday only, and must be pre-booked by either calling in person at reception of Shotton Hall, or telephoning 0191 5862491 at least 24 hours prior to fishing. For membership enquiries, please follow the same process of either enquiring in person at Shotton Hall, or telephoning the Hall on 0191 5862491. The grounds are closed and locked at 5.00pm Monday – Thursday, and 4.30pm Friday. Any cars left in the car park must be removed by 5pm (4.30pm on a Friday) or they will be locked in.
Shotton Hall pond is open to members of the Shotton Hall Angling Club fishing syndicate and day ticket holders only. There are no other associations with any other fishing club. Shotton Hall Angling Club is a non-profit organisation with club funds going towards the running of the club and the maintenance of the pond and it's surroundings. There is an annual fee of £10 which runs from 1st January to 31st December. Please provide two passport sized photographs upon membership application. Following acceptance of membership, there is a £5 per day fishing fee. This fee is to be paid at reception of the Shotton Hall before fishing. Card payments only please, we do not accept cash. There will be no more than 50 syndicate Members and places will be taken on a first come, first served basis. We will maintain a waiting list if this maximum number is reached at any given time. Peterlee residents will be prioritised to join the syndicate. You will be asked for photo ID and proof of residence when you apply for membership. The Council reserves the right to grant day tickets to non-syndicate anglers on an exception basis and by prior arrangement only. Day tickets to fish at Shotton Hall Pond without a syndicate membership are £15 per day. Non-syndicate anglers who wish to fish the pond are advised to contact the council at least 24 hours in advance on 0191 5862491 before coming to Shotton Hall. Again, this fee is to be paid by card only please, we do not accept cash. Membership of the syndicate and day tickets are subject to the pond rules. If a member or day ticket holder are found to be in breach of any rules then they will generally receive one warning, and an opportunity to rectify their behaviour. A second breach will result of them being removed from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate without further notice or refund, and they will lose the right to fish at Shotton Hall Pond. Serious breaches of the rules will result in immediate removal from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate.
Every Bank Holiday - Closed
Saturday & Sunday - Closed
There is no fishing permitted at Shotton Hall Pond during every calendar month of May. This is to broadly coincide with the coarse fish spawning season. This also gives the pond and surroundings a rest and allows us to carry out improvement work. Anyone fishing the pond during this closed season will be asked to leave, and will be banned from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
Old Shotton Hall, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2PH, United Kingdom