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. A small length on the village green is not under the control of YDAA and must not be used for matches. Night fishing is allowed by prior arrangement via the Waters secretary. Day tickets are available from the usual outlets.
The top section, known as the ‘Pumper’ starts at the bottom of the boat moorings and continues downstream, to the beck at the top of the green. Park at Love Lane (leave no valuables) and walk up stream following the tarmac path. Go as far as the gate just below the houseboats.
As you walk down stream you come to an open sand bed, which is free water. Walk down stream through the kissing gate and this is the start of the Fulford section.
This next section is known as ‘Captains Key’, this continues to the by-pass road bridge.
Just below the bridge there is a culvert and the little paddock, below this is the start of the Palace Ings section. The jetty to the front of the house cannot be fished. The fishery is split in the middle by the by-pass bridge. From here downstream park in Naburn Lane on the grass and walk down the stone track, great for trolleys but a good five mins walk.
The venue is popular as a match fishery especially in the winter.
Species and Tactics
Good catches of roach are taken at the Pumper section in summer. In winter bream reside in this section and can be taken further out on feeder. Maggot feeder produces mixed bags in summer.
Good catches of bream can be caught at the top of the Pumper, in front of Fulford Hall or at the bottom of the Palace bend. In the summer good catches of roach and perch are taken, but boat traffic can be busy. This sections fishes well for bream when the river has extra water in as the fish move onto the inner shelf. In these conditions try and find a depth of water around 4ft- 6ft deep and fish with the pole or feeder using worm and caster for mixed catches.
Travelling from York, leave the city using Fulford road. As you leave Fulford village the road bears to the left. Turn right here down the narrow lane, which has a height barrier over it. Park on the left and walk through the right hand side gate to the river.
For the lower section continue out of York and turn right towards Naburn. After going over the by pass park on the verge and go through the gate down the public footpath to the river.