Hayfield Lakes

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Water Name

Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster


This is one of the premier match waters in Yorkshire. There are 2 waters on the site that are owned by the enigmatic Robin Goforth. It also home to the famous Fish-o-Mania, that always seems to turn the fish off for some reason. With it being a match fishing venue first and foremost, it is always wise to check first that they can accommodate a number of pleasure anglers. Available pegs are posted on the board at the entrance to the 2 lakes.

The first water that you will see is Adams Lake. It actually looks like 2 Lakes, but they are interlinked in a figure of 8 shape, with a bridge over the small water. There are over 60 pegs to fish from. The water is surrounded by grass banks and is sloped. As such it is not the easiest water to access for those anglers with disabilities. The water is heavily stocked with carp in the 4 to 6lb range but there are bigger fish amongst them. There is also a large stock of silver fish with barbel, roach, bream, tench and ide in there.

The larger of the lakes was formerly known as Lucy's Lake, and is now named Island Lake. The island that features near the top of the lake is known as Danny's Island. This water has over 80 pegs and stretches a way down the side of the River Tone and again the banks are well kept with mowed grass and quite steep slopes in some places. The water also features a lot of carp, with mirrors, commons, ghosties and crucians. Barbel are again stocked along with roach, tench, bream, ide and perch.

A great deal of work has been put into the complex over the last 18 months with the building of a large building holding a café and pub. All the pegs are fished from the metal stages over the water, again helping you to loose errant tackle. You can often pick fish up from right underneath the stages first and last thing as the fish pick up the bait that has dropped over the sides.

The barbel that were stocked as fish of a few inches are now piling the weight on and although still quite small do give tremendous fight. A wide variety of tactics will get you fish here. A lot of the top match weights are taken on pellet. 

As with a lot of the commercial carp waters, don't make the mistake of fishing too light as you will come to grief.

This water was also subject of my Red Letter Day with Dave Barrell a number of years ago - see Fishing articles for details.

Update from Dave Taylor (05/07/12):

Just an update about whats happening at Hayfield, if you or your members are interested.

A few rules changes, you can now fish boilies as hookbaits only no feeding them. The no floating baits of any kind rule has now been changed to no surface baits allowed. I have delayed the draw time of the evening matches by 15 mins, it doesn't sound a lot but it has made a big difference, I haven't heard of any complaints since we altered it and finally I have reduced the price to £4 for an evening ticket which starts after 4pm.

Hope this is of interest to you, also there is a two for one deal on at the moment with the voucher from the Angling Times.




Day tickets are £6 for Adults and £5 for Concessions, extra rod tickets available at £2. The lakes are also available for match bookings, at a cost of £7 per peg. Evening session (after 4pm) is £4.

?? Season Tickets £95.00, OAP's and Disabled £75.00. ??


Fishery rules

Please ensure you abide by the following rules when fishing at Hayfield:

  • Fishery's own feed pellets- on sale in the bait cabin
  • Barbless hooks only (no nipped or micro barbed). Largest allowed hook is size 10 (no long shank or wide gape)
  • Inline method feeders only
  • NO Braid - including hook lengths
  • NO fixed rigs
  • NO keepnets - only exception is in matches
  • NO landing net equals NO fishing!
  • The following baits are banned: No surface baits allowed, Bread, Trout Pellet, Cat & Dog meat
  • Day Ticket price allows one rod, additional rod subject to a £2 charge.
  • No Night fishing, fires or dogs
  • No opened cans or glass on the bank please.
  • NO LITTER Please take all litter home
  • Boilies allowed on the hook only, no lose feeding Boilies.

The lakes are open between 7.00am and dusk in the summer and 8.00am and dusk in winter. All nets must be dipped.


Leaving Doncaster on the A638 head towards Bawtry cross over the M18 and then over the river. Pass Hayfield lane on your left (now closed to traffic) until you come to the First set of traffic lights, you turn left at these onto Hurst Lane. Follow Hurst Lane till you come to the first set of traffic lights and turn left at these onto the other end of Hayfield Lane, follow this and you will arrive at the Hayfield Lakes entrance which is on your right. Thanks to John Willoughby for the updated directions.


DN9 3NP (Nearest)


Phone: 01302 864555

Mobile: 07816 832551




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