Living the Bream – The Best Places to Go Fishing in Yorkshire

A Yorkshire Coast on a sunny day from the hilltop

Here at The Insurance Emporium, we’re lucky enough to be located slap bang in the middle of one of the largest, and most beautiful, counties in the UK; Yorkshire. Ask anyone who lives here and they’ll tell you how we’re spoilt for choice; from the stunning moors and rugged coastline to the fabulous food and rich, cultural heritage and history of its cities.

But another benefit of living in “God’s Own County” is the great choice of outdoor activities, and today we’re looking at fishing. Whichever kind of fishing you like, from sea fishing on the coast, to sitting on a quiet riverbank under a tree, there’ll be somewhere spectacular to do it, and we’ve picked out some of the best places to go fishing in Yorkshire.


The second largest lake in Raydale, North Yorkshire, Semerwater is home to a wide variety of wildlife including Bream, Roach, Perch Pike, and Wild Brown Trout, as well as the endangered, white-clawed Crayfish. It’s a beautiful setting, right next to Wensleydale, and is the perfect place to spend the day, particularly if you’re with family/friends who don’t fish as there are plenty of opportunities for walking, kayaking, water sports etc.

Further down on the edge of the Dales, situated just outside Skipton, Raygill has three lakes to choose from. It started off as a limestone quarry before being landscaped, and the limestone spring water is well known for its nourishing qualities for fish, which include Coarse Pike and Trout fish. There are also glamping facilities, a café and plenty of local walks.

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Kilnsey Park has two fly fishing lakes which are kept well stocked with Rainbow, Blue, Brown, and Golden Trout up to 20lbs in size. The family fishing ponds are stocked with Rainbow Trout so they say that even novice anglers are almost guaranteed a catch; you can even have them cleaned and get instructions on how to cook them. They also hold regular fishing courses.

A Yorkshire harbour on a summers day with boats


There are plenty of places to fish in and around the Victorian spa town of Scarborough; you can hire a boat to go sea fishing or go on one of the many fishing trips that are on offer along the harbour. You can also choose a spot along the beaches, off the pier, or along Marine Drive, although since the new sea defenses have been put in, it’s not as easily accessible, so check before you go.

There are also plenty of fishing trips up the coast in the historic town of Whitby for both novices and experienced anglers.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in both towns, and of course, if you haven’t managed to catch your own dinner, there are plenty of fish and chip shops too!

If you’d rather fish in a lake, then Wykeham Lakes Fishery is just outside Scarborough. It has three lakes to choose from; a coarse fishing lake with Carp up to 22lbs, a Trout Lake with trout up to 5lbs, and a Predator Lake with 30lb Pike. There is a café on-site and a water sports lake.

A beautiful Yorkshire riverside at sunset


If you fancy a bit of urban fishing, you could try the River Ouse as it flows through York, before it joins the River Trent and runs into the Humber. It’s nice and wide and there are plenty of spots just past the city centre on the way to Fulford, particularly near Rowntree’s Park. There tends to be a lot of boat traffic through the day so an early/late start is best, but it’s a great place to catch Bream up to 5lbs, and sometimes Roach and Perch in the summer months.

Just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Sheffield, the Damflask Reservoir was originally part of a group of pools that were built to provide the city with clean drinking water. Spreading across 116 acres, it has Bream, Chub, Dace, Perch, Roach, and Pike fishing.

You can also go walking there or take part in water sports and sailing. It’s also easily accessible by wheelchair.

We’ve only just rippled the surface of all the great places there are in Yorkshire to go fishing, all teeming with fish; from landscaped quarries to the open sea. And if this has got you taking the bait, and desperate to get out there yourself, you could even try out some of your own homemade fishing bait!

Whether you’re a seasoned angler who spends more time on the river bank than off or are new to fishing and still finding your way around a box of tackle, you might want to consider fishing equipment insurance. Fishing equipment doesn’t come cheap, and there is so much of it; any number of things could happen.

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