Sunrise Lakes - Spofforth

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Sunrise Lakes


The venue has been open since August 2005 and is an idyllic setting well off the beaten track. It is a very safe and secure site with ample car parking and has easy access to well-made and very safe and comfortable fishing stands. All sensible and environmentally friendly anglers are most welcome and this includes Ladies, juniors and the Disabled.

Match Lake 60 pegs 

Recently at Sunrise we have added a 60 peg lake that can be booked for matches and 'knock ups' comprising of 6 anglers or more. Keepnets are exclusively provided for use for the aforementioned purpose by prior arrangement only for a maximum period of up to 6 hours. Individuals will be required to provide their own landing nets. NO OTHER KEEPNETS ARE ALLOWED BUT OUR OWN !!!

Pleasure anglers may fish the lake when matches aren't taking place. Please check the notice board in the bottom car park for match bookings. Exceptions to this restriction may be offered when only a small match is taking place and your distance is kept from the participating matchmen. My permission is required should you wish to go on the lake on a match day. Give me a call on 07979 803207 or stop me on site and ask.

The lake has been stocked to the tune of 20,000 fish up to 4lbs. Stocking comprises of Mirror Carp, F1's, Crucian Carp, Bream, Chub, Ide, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Tench. The lake has been designed to require all methods from pole to tip to waggler. Widths and depths vary around the five islands and pole rigs need to range from 3 to 9 feet deep. Wherever you may fish plumb the depth very carefully as one peg may be shallow and the next twice as deep !! Pellets score well all year round especially expanders, with paste working well in the warmer months and maggot working well over the winter time. Whilst the islands always draw the angler to fish tight most of our winners tend to catch much closer where speed can play a part. Steady feeding being the maxim and good concentration for those finicky F1's and Crucians (The bristle may only slightly move but tune in and a fish a chuck can be the result !!)

Match weights are consistent and are evenly spread around the lake with winners turning up from almost anywhere. Flyers are yet to be established as our fish seem to prefer to roam !! Results are usually very close and the fact that most of our matchmen are still sat studying their floats until the call of time only proves that they are always in contention without the fear of being beaten by a monster at the death !! Over the recent winter period weights have been taken to 40lbs + and backing weights are usually not far behind. The summer looks promising especially as the fish are only growing larger !! Nets are anticipated to be possibly double that of the winter period !! The current lake match record stands at 79lbs.Because the new Match lake will hold most events this will leave the North and South lakes entirely to the pleasure anglers accommodating 68 pegs between them. On non match days this facilitates 128 pleasure pegs between all three waters.

South Lake 40 pegs

The larger south lake is heavily stocked with all species of coarse fish (around 8000 fish). Roach and Rudd to 1lb, Bream to 4lb, Chub to 2lb, Tench to 4lb+, Barbel to 1 lb, Ide to 1lb, some 3000 Mirror, Common and Crucian carp averaging 2lb with around 150 of these fish between 7 and 15lb.

North Lake 28 pegs

The smaller North Lake contains all the above, but less carp (approx 500) some around the 7lb mark. Whilst this lake contains more Roach and Rudd than the larger lake we intend to move a number of these into the new Match Lake when it's completed.

Plans are underway to extend the lake on the north bank by a further 10 pegs leaving a large island that can be fished from on one side only.


All methods have their day from pole to waggler and also the tip. To avoid the smaller fish try a bulk weight down the line in the winter but in the warmer weather try up in the water as the carp are often found a foot under the surface. Many of the larger carp were taken on floating baits in the summer, such as dog buscuit, bread and larger floating pellets. The key to success as always is found in the way you feed the swim. All types of bait can produce but pellets seem to be the most consistent for the larger fish. If you want to catch the smaller fish when the goings hard and the carp aren't playing try maggot and caster.

History in Brief

Since the venue was opened last August many pleasure catches have exceeded the 100lb mark and the current match record stands at 97lb. The lake record stands at a mere 14lbs but hopefully this will be beaten this year!

If vou would like more information regarding Sunrise please call John on 07979 803207.

John is now a fully qualified Angling coach and is a member of the Professional Anglers Association (visit for further information) and specializes in all coarse angling practices. For further information please call him on the number above. Maybe a good gift idea for someone, happy to coach all including groups, men, women, children and of course the less able bodied.


Open 7-30am until dusk (no later than 9pm)Ticket price ADULT £6. DAYJUNIOR / DISABLED badge holders and O.A.P £5. £4 after 5pm. £3 extra rod (maximum of two rods).

Please place your sealed envelope in the honesty box provided along with the date, your name(s), vehicle registration and monies. THANK YOU.

Please note -The box is emptied regularly each day and is concreted into the qround!


1. Barbless hooks only.

2. No keepnets except for pre-arranged matches and knock ups of 6 or more anglers.

3. Groundbait may be used via pole cup or feeder only.

4. Carp and coarse pellets may be used but not Trout pellets.

5. Maximum of two rods only.

6. No Bolt or Fixed rigs.

7. No cat / Dog food.

8. No Dogs, fires, Alcohol or Radios.

9. No litter, line, tins or cigarette ends to be left in peg.

10. No fish to be killed or taken from fishery.

11. NO TINS ALLOWED IN PEG AT ANY TIME (please transfer corn or meat to Bait boxes)

Anyone not adhering to any of the above rules may be asked to leave the fishery and may not be allowed to return in the future.

We do not wish to take a hard line but these rules are to protect both you and the well being of the fishery and the countryside.

The Management of Sunrise Lakes reserves the right to re-appraise and / or alter any fishery rules at their discretion at any time.

Thank you for observing our basic rules and respecting the beauty of this site and other anglers around you. We sincerely hope you have a very enjoyable days fishing at Sunrise and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.


Take the A1 (M) link road Northbound to Wetherby, Cross bridge over river Wharfe and take first left onto A661 to Spofforth. In the middle of Spofforth you will come to a white painted roundabout. Go straight across passing a Newsagents on your left hand side (They do excellent cooked sandwiches! Tell them I sent you!).Continue through village passing Spofforth Castle on left, as you come out of village the road narrows and you want to take the next left. You're now on Haggs road. Pass the golf club on the left and the turn off to the fishery is the next left between two telegraph poles. Follow the signs to the fishery approx' 1 1/4 miles.


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