Fishery of the Week Hay­field Lakes

For­tunes turn around for this York­shire gem

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - for the sport for years to come. PRICES: Adults £6, no con­ces­sions CON­TACT: Call 01302 864555 LO­CA­TION: Hay­field Lakes, Hay­field Lane, Don­caster, S Yorks, DN9 3NP RULES: No meat, keep­nets al­lowed only in matches

IFANY fishery wants a les­son in bounc­ing back, they need look no fur­ther for in­spi­ra­tion than Maver Hay­field.

The Don­caster com­plex was once the most talked-about com­plex in the land, at­tract­ing praise from some of the sport’s big­gest names thanks to host­ing the Fish O’Ma­nia fi­nal for 11 years on the trot.

But the spark that burned so brightly even­tu­ally pe­tered out. Fish O’Ma­nia found a new home and the Hay­field reg­u­lars be­gan to drift off and look for other places to wet a line.

It would have been easy for the fishery to ac­cept medi­ocrity, but the cur­rent own­ers have shown grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion in try­ing to bring it back to its best. And they have car­ried off their quest with fly­ing colours.


With Maver Match This an­nounc­ing its de­ci­sion to host this year’s £70,000 fi­nal at Hay­field, the bosses had chance to show­case what the venue is ca­pa­ble of, and grabbed it with both hands.

Al­most 2,500lb of fish were landed by the 24 com­peti­tors, with spec­ta­tors fran­ti­cally look­ing through their di­aries to find the first avail­able op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple the de­lights them­selves.

And al­though the glare of the big com­pe­ti­tion has now died down, the top-class form that the fishery showed on the day re­mains very much the same.

Danny’s Is­land and Adam’s Lake have both ex­pe­ri­enced a resur­gence in re­cent months, with carp to 20lb, caras­sio, skim­mers, roach and ide all there for the tak­ing.

When it comes to tac­tics you are spoilt for choice, and you’ll be equally busy on the pole at 5m as you will be chuck­ing the Method feeder at dis­tance.

Nor will the high level of sport be dy­ing off any time soon. Each lake has depths to more than 10ft in places to keep bites com­ing even when tem­per­a­tures nose­dive.

Some may know that Hay­field was di­ag­nosed with the po­ten­tially lethal KHV ear­lier in the year, but fish losses have been min­i­mal and stocks have quickly re­cov­ered.


Reg­u­lar rod-bend­ing ac­tion is just part of what of what the mod­ern day an­gler craves, and fish­eries with plenty of fa­cil­i­ties at­tract a far big­ger share of cus­tomers than their ri­vals.

You can en­joy a post-ses­sion pint at many venues, but many an­glers head for the ad­ja­cent Hay­field Fish­ing & Shoot­ing Lodge.

Whether you fancy a swift beer or a full slap-up meal, the staff there will cater for your needs.

There’s also a small tackle and bait out­let that will al­low you to buy any essen­tials that you may have left at home.

Hay­field Lakes has helped shaped an­gling his­tory and on cur­rent form it is sure to keep pro­vid­ing mem­o­rable mo­ments

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