A small complex of three ‘commercial style’ lakes that is the YDAA premier match venue. The lakes have easy level access, with good platforms and are well stocked to provide good all year round sport with silver fish and carp. Marley’s and Brown’s have a number of pegs specifically for disabled anglers.

YDAA - Laybourne Lakes

Venue Rules

  • Fishing will be from 07:30 until dusk, (defined as 30 minutes after sunset).
  • Hooks, to a maximum of size 12, will be barbless.
  • Groundbait may be used, but a limit of 1 kilogram (dry) is imposed.
  • Baits : Normal baits will be allowed but sweetcorn may only be used as a hookbait.
  • Baits banned : Bread, Boilies, Peanuts, Tiger Nuts, Cat Food, Bloodworm, Joker and floating baits.
  • Keepnets are banned except during pre booked matches.
  • Match anglers, are to use two keepnets, one for Carp and the other for silver fish (first object of the Amalgamation – preservation of fish).
  • Other Bans : Night fishing and braided lines.
  • “Dip Tanks” are provided for the steralisation of keep and landing nets, and it would be appreciated if these are used as a matter of habit.

Species and Tactics

Marley’s and Potter’s Ponds hold a good head of ‘match sized’ carp, along with tench, bream, chub, crucian carp and plenty of roach and rudd. Brown’s Pond is a silvers only venue, with plenty of roach, rudd, bream, tench, crucian carp and ide. Pole tactics using pellets will see most species on the bank, although waggler or feeder fishing can be just as effective. Some of the carp are now into double figures. No pike are present.


From York, take the A59 towards Harrogate, and after approximately 2 miles turn left on to the road to Hessay, crossing over the railway to the “T” junction in the village. Turn left here, go passed the cottages/bungalows and take the next right turn on to Low Moor Lane. Follow this to the end of the ‘metalled’ road, turning left along the track, which leads to the ponds on the left. Reduced speed and care should be taken driving along this track, due to subsidence. Access is made at the vehicle owners risk.

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