Ulley Reservoir

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Water Name

Ulley Reservoir, Aughton, Rotherham.


This water is one of a number of reservoirs in South Yorkshire that offer year round sport to anglers who are willing to put the effort in. The water is situated within a country park and as such it can get very busy during the warmer months and at weekends. Anglers also share the water with the private Yacht club who mainly sail on weekends and on some evenings during the summer months. Matches are held on the water but generally only one bank will be taken leaving the others for day ticket use.

The water dates back to 1874, created out of diverting the brooks of Ulley and Morthen in order to provide the town of Rotherham with drinking water.

Since the early 80's the water no longer supplies drinking water to the town. No longer used by the Water Board it was sold to Rotherham council for the princely sum of £1.00 who then turned the venue into the park.

Initially stocking was of trout and coarse fish but now only the coarse fish remain. The 12 hectares of water is up to 40ft deep in places and can be very daunting to the angler visiting the water for the first time. Some pegs near the bridge are fairly flat and suitable for the angler with disabilities.

There are very good stocks of Roach that really come into their own when the weather drops colder. Waggler or pole tactics with maggot and caster fished beyond the marginal weed will see bites the whole year round. Finding the shoal of silver fish can also give you a good indication of where to fish for the pike that run to over 36lb in the water. Good sport can be had with lures and dead-baits early season. Drifted baits fished along the margins can account for better fish into double figures. Feeder fishing can account for good Bream that run to over 4lb with plenty of skimmer fish present. Each winter sees some very nice Perch taken, ranging between 2 and 3lb - chopped worm and caster being the effective bait to target the Stripeys. The water also does have Chub stocked but they are not caught that often. Summer seems to be the best time to catch one with weights ranging between 3 and 4lb. constantly sprayed free offerings seems the best way of catching one. Consider taking maggot, caster and worm with pinkie and squat as the choice bait during winter months. Sea dead baits work well for the pike as do lures.


Angling is allowed all year round (except Christmas Day) from dawn until dusk. Day Tickets are available from the ticket machine located in the main car park, priced £3.50 for Adults and £2.50 for Concessions (Unemployed, Over 60's, Under 16's, Disabled badge holders).

Season Permits are also available for a 12 month period from date of purchase. Phone or email for further details.


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Take the A618 south from Rotherham and the park entrance is on your left. Or from the M1 leave at junction 31, take the B6067 to Aughton, take a right turn onto the A618 and the public park is on your right hand side.


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