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The local area has plenty of fishing opportunities, whether you are just a beginner or a keen angler you will find something to suit everybody. The River Esk is the principal salmon and sea trout fishery in Yorkshire, the water around Whitby supporting the third largest commercial salmon net fishery in the country. Please remember that inland waters are not public property and permission must be obtained from the owner before fishing. You need a rod licence to fish in any water and a permit to fish in certain waters is also required.

For more information on licences and permits contact the main post office. Details on fishing locations and clubs can be obtained from local fishing tackle shops or from the Environment Agency, 

Coverdale House, Aviator Court,

Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moor,

York, YO3 4UZ.

Tel: 01904 692296



River Rye and Tributaries

Costa Beck, Kirby Misperton
Lendales Farm, Kirby Misperton.

Tel: 01653 668220.

River Derwent and Tributaries

Dalby Beck, Dalby
Permits from Forest Enterprise Information Centre, Low Dalby.

Tel: 01751 460295 during summer,

01751 472771 during winter.


Derwent, Yedingham (Coarse)
Providence Inn, Yedingham. Tel: 01944 728231

Derwent, Marishes
Tickets from Lendales Farm, Kirbymisperton, Tel: 01653 668220

River Esk

The Dawnay Estates offer a very wide variety of fishing both directly and through clubs, including a stretch of fishing on the River Esk.

River Esk, Danby (Trout fishing)
Permits and Licences from Post Office at Danby, Tel: 01287 660220, & Castleton;

Tickets from F. Farrow, 11,

Dale End, Danby, Tel: 01287 660385 a

nd Duke of Wellington Inn, Tel 01287 660351.

Esk, Egton Bridge (Salmon & Sea Trout)

 6 April - 31 October.

Tickets from Egton Estate Company, Estate Office, Egton Bridge.
Tel: 01947 895466. Advance booking only. £25-£30 per ticket per day.


Esk, Ruswarp - Brown Trout and Salmon
Permit from Mr Simms, Tel: 01947 604658

Rye, Brawby (Game)
Day permits from Mr King, Manor Farm, Brawby. Tel:01653 668458

Lakes and Reservoirs

Castle Howard Lake
Day tickets available on-site from the bailiff.

Tel: 01653 648316. Tench, pike, perch, bream.


Scaling Dam Reservoir
Permits available from the fishing lodge. Tel: 01287 644032

Scarborough Mere - Day tickets available at the mere.

Hazel Head Lake, Newgate Foot Farm, Lockton
2-acre lake stocked with brown trout. Tel: Mrs. Alison Johnson 01751 460215

Lockwood Beck Reservoir (Rainbow and brown trout)
Permit Office - Tel: 01287 660501 (enquiries and bookings).

Wykeham Lakes (Rainbow and brown trout)
Charm Park, Scarborough. Tel: 07946 534001.
Day, Short Day and Evening tickets available.

A superb venue offering trout and coarse fishing in five individual lakes set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Offering a warm welcome, great sport, good facilities and in an atmosphere second to none.

Wykeham Lakes fishing complex is situated half a mile off the A170 between Wykeham village and West Ayton within the Dawnay Estates. The waters offer superb trout and coarse fishing in a compact unspoiled area of natural beauty.

The fishery boasts well-established trout water, regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and blue trout and a variety of coarse lakes to tempt the general, match or specialist angler.

All the waters have access to free parking, the use of a pine log cabin with hot drinks, WC's and a chance to relax and catch up on the latest fishery news.

The fishing season on all lakes is year-round with the exception of a Christmas Day.

The Fishery rules and regulations are clearly displayed

Sea Fishing

Shore Fishing

  • Scarborough - The Pier and Marine Drive.

  • Scalby Ness - Best fished at night on the first hour of the flood tide.

  • Whitby - West and East Piers. Fishing is not allowed in the harbor entrance.

  • Sandsend - Offers both sand and rocks to fish from.

  • Staithes - At low tide large areas of flat rock are exposed to make good platforms from which to fish  (see local fishermen in harbor).

Boat Fishing

  • Scarborough - The boats, which are small cobbles, can be hired at the harbor.

  • Staithes - See local fishermen at the harbor.

  • Whitby -  One of the most elite fishing ports on the North East Coast. There are two types of boat fishing -

  • Coble and Wrecking. Enquiries regarding hire of boats for fishing should be made to the fishermen on the quays or the Secretary of the Whitby Licensed Boatmen's Association: John Witton, Tel: 01287 660118.


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