The YDAA has fishing rights on various stretches of six rivers in the York and surrounding area. Click the various links to get more details on each fishery, view some members pictures, or download a factsheet to print-off at home. The factsheets are in Adobe PDF format, and you will have to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them on your PC.
Key : MOW = Members Only Water, DTW = Day Ticket Water, NFA = Night Fishing Allowed
River Derwent Kirkham
YDAA controls from the road bridge downstream to Howsham Hall. Different areas fish in the different seasons and it is fair to say it is lightly fished in the middle stretches. Roach, dace, chub gudgeon, perch and pike are the predominate species with the addition of occasional barbel, grayling and trout. In recent years skimmer bream have been caught but the grown ups are very elusive.
River Derwent Howsham
YDAA controls both up and downstream sections of the Derwent at Howsham. One of the most picturesque stretches of any Yorkshire river, this section of water is fast and shallow and holds a large variety of species. Roach, dace, chub gudgeon, perch and pike are the predominate species with the addition of occasional grayling and trout. This stretch is reputed to hold large barbel but they are very elusive and catching them takes a great deal of time and effort.
River Derwent Stamford Bridge to Kexby
This stretch is approximately four miles in length, comprising of Stamford Bridge, Scoreby and Kexby (Above) on the right bank. This is a very peaceful stretch of water, apart from the upstream end most of the river is lightly fished and if you want natural fishing this is it. Roach, dace, chub, gudgeon, perch and pike are the predominate species with the addition of occasional barbel, bream, grayling and trout.
River Derwent Sutton
Approximately one and a half miles above the weir. This section above the bridge is very deep and renowned for late season sport as fish shoal up prior to spawning. Roach, dace, chub, gudgeon, perch and pike are the predominate species with the addition of occasional barbel and bream.
One of York Amalgamations ‘Hidden Gems’, and we control the section between Towthorpe and Strensall. Dace, chub, gudgeon and roach are the predominate species in this small river. In recent years a good number of barbel have been introduced and these have been packing on weight in the rich environment waiting to surprise the unsuspecting angler.
River Nidd Knaresborough
A lightly fished section dominated by deep, slow, glides interspersed with occasional stretches of fast shallow water. Few established pegs so suits a roving approach. Occasional brown trout are taken. Plentiful chub, grayling, and good-sized dace; barbel are present but location can be difficult.
River Nidd Tockwith
A challenging ‘Mr Crabtree’ mixed fishery, which has produced barbel and chub to specimen size, noted for good early season bags of dace to float fishing tactics. Roach, dace, chub, gudgeon, perch and pike are the predominate species with the addition of occasional barbel, bream, grayling and trout. Big fish respond to big baits with good mixed catches to maggot or caster.
River Nidd Skip Bridge
A feature packed stretch of the lower Nidd, suits a roving approach, many shallow glides with some deeper pools. This stretch contains a good head of barbel, chub, dace, and roach with occasional brown trout and grayling.
River Nidd Moor Monkton
YDAA control a stretch of water approximately 640 yards long; a fast stretch of water with loads of character. Target species include chub, barbel, roach, dace, some good-sized perch and pike also present. The fishery is ideal for a roving approach with big baits like bread or meat, some real surprises are caught and the feature swims are classic holding spots for barbel and chub.
River Ouse Widdington
YDAA control the fishing on the right bank. From the bottom of the weir to a notice board opposite Kyle Beck a distance of approximately ¾ of a mile. This section of water holds a large variety of species. It has the potential of producing some of the largest chub and barbel in Yorkshire.
River Ouse Beningbrough
This section of water holds most river species. It holds a large number of barbel some of the biggest in the river. Specimen pike are known to have been caught around the Nidd mouth. During the summer large bags of bream can be caught and there is a number of locations where these large shoals live on a permanent basis.
River Ouse Red House
YDAA control the fishing on the right bank for over three miles. During the summer, large bags of bream over 100lb can be caught and there is a number of locations where these large shoals live on a permanent basis. Roach and perch can be caught in good numbers to pole, waggler or stick tactics.
River Ouse Poppleton 'Sellars'
This section starts at the down stream end of Poppleton Village. It is a renowned winter stretch as the roach shoal up in the deep water towards the end of the season. In places the river can be as deep as 25 feet and when conditions are favourable 20lb plus catches of quality roach are possible.
River Ouse Fulford
YDAA control the fishing on the left bank from the top of the first field below the boat moorings, to the beck at the start of the sewerage works opposite the Archbishops Palace. Good catches of roach are taken here in summer. In winter bream reside in this section and can be taken further out on feeder. Maggot feeder produces mixed bags in summer.
River Ouse Donkey Woods
YDAA control the fishing on the right bank from the top of the sand bed on Middlethorpe bend to the stile just before the Archbishops Palace. Large catches of bream can be caught throughout the length and the sand bed can produce excellent sport with roach and perch throughout the season to stick or waggler using caster, maggot and hemp.
River Ouse Acaster
YDAA control the fishing on the right bank from Naburn Weir to the Old Salmon Hut, and three further sections marked by posts with yellow tips. The weir pool its self can produce excellent catches of all species. Roach and skimmer bream can be caught on a feeder with maggot or caster, and the weir pool holds specimen chub, barbel and even river carp. Occasional salmon have been seen. This really is a mixed fishery.
River Ouse Naburn
YDAA control the fishing from opposite the slipway in Acaster boat yard to the fence just below the downstream end of lock mouth, including the whole lock area. Roach and skimmer bream can be caught on a feeder with maggot or caster, and the weir pool holds specimen chub, barbel and salmon.
NOTE: From 6 April to 30 June (inclusive) the area downstream of the falls can only be fished by Game Permit Holders.
A classic small stream, containing all types of species, from native brown trout, to grayling, dace, chub and pike. The fish may not be of record-breaking size but can be a challenge of watercraft in such small a water. Ideal for trotting with a centerpin, light floats and maggots, but will also produce to the fly, with dead baits for pike.
YDAA control approximately 4 miles of the Rye at Newsham Bridge. Dace, chub, gudgeon and grayling are the predominate species, and during the spring and summer, barbel frequent the water as they migrate to and from spawning areas. Large pike have been caught on the section and occasional trout are present.
Barton Hill Beck
A tiny, clear flowing stream that is a delight to fish in the spring and summer. A roving approach pays but stealth and concealment are essential to avoid spooking the fish. There are reasonable numbers of wild brown trout, lots of small dace and pockets of chub in some of the deep pools. Minnows abound and there are occasional jack pike.