Wykeham Lakes - West Ayton

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Wykeham Lakes


we have had an email from a Mr Mace saying:

Wykeham Lakes near Scarborough is only a one lake fishery now. Bottom lake has been taken over by some leisure company , so until we can get a full write up on this venue please check which lake you can now fish before setting up. if you know the full details then please forward them to us. thanks

There's something for everyone here, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and within easy reach of the poplar East Coast town of Scarborough. It is one of the premier waters in this part of the region and offers excellent facilities. There is good car parking near to the lake, with picnic areas and toilets available on site. The man in charge (Mike Heelis) is a very talented angler, both coarse and trout and is always happy to help where he can.

The waters are split up into Trout and Coarse. The trout lakes are stocked on a regular basis and offer a great chance of catching both Rainbows and Brown trout. What will strike you immediately is the wonderful settings the waters are set in.

As you drive down to the waters you will first pass the match lake that is tucked away, with good car parking adjacent. It is a strip lake in the form of an almost complete circle. The previous manager decided to peg both sides, but that will change soon with new platforms built on the one side only. This will offer well spaced match fishing.

The water is well stocked with mainly carp that do respond well to little and often feeding patterns. There are also plenty of silver fish with more planned on the way.

The carp lake is situated next to log cabin that is well fitted out with clean toilets and a selection of bait and tackle, along with snacks. This water is on the up again after unexplained fish deaths of a couple of years ago. The water is jam packed full of features from lily pads to marginal reeds and little bays that just scream fish. There are lots of carp that respond well to big lumps of meat or small feeders with a bunch of maggots. There are roach to well over a pound and half and perch, bream and some beautifully coloured crucians.

At the rear of the carp lake is a new water that is coming on line later in the year (2005). Again very picturesque, very deep in places and with the proposed stock will offer good cold weather fishing.

The final coarse lake is called Winter Lake and offers some very big pike. It is a very big water and it is highly likely that you could hide away in one of the bays and not see another angler all day. The pike feast on the stocked trout and are left to very much there own devices. There are also some massive eels and tench present. The proposed introduction of specimen carp will make this into an excellent specimen water.

The trout lake is expansive and with bank and boat fishing and a very healthy stocking policy means plenty of fish for those wishing to fling some fluff about.

Day tickets available from the fishing lodge on site. Rules displayed on a board close to the lakes.

A very nice place to fish, Mike Heelis runs a very good fishery, with sensible rules and the emphasis is all about giving people a good days fishing.


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