Fishery of the Week Yorkshire Ouse
Enjoy fantastic sport on a non-profit-making stretch of the Yorkshire Ouse, funding the British Heart Foundation
DESPITE its reputation among the match fraternity as a tough northern river, the Yorkshire Ouse is full of fish.
Deep, wide and prone to floods, it can be a daunting winter prospect but in September, October and November it’s a fantastic place to fish. One of the best areas to head for is the Mitre Angling-controlled stretch at Overton, upstream of the historic city of York. Three species seem to rule the roost here. Big old bream which average 3lb-4lb but run up to 9lb and can provide bumper catches.
Stacks of pristine roach include some quality fish which provide plenty of double-figure weights. And finally chunky perch up to 3lb, which hang around the silverfish shoals.
Parking is available right next to the river here with access down a track, a gate key for which can be obtained in advance from the nearby Mitre Angling. Odd matches are held on alternate sundays so check first. Uniquely, the 23-peg stretch is run as a non-profit fishery, as it’s the landowner’s wish that all proceeds from day ticket sales go to The British Heart Foundation.
York angler Craig Robinson has grown up on this river and loves the challenge it presents.
“I’ve fished here for 30 years and you never ever know what you’re going to catch or how much!” he said. “I’ve had bream catches up to 100lb at Overton on the feeder and a couple of weeks ago I had 50lb of skimmers on the pole at the top of the stretch.
“We’ve had a bit of extra
water in the last few weeks and there have even been a few barbel showing. It gets deeper upstream and you can catch bream all along. The roach fishing is better around the entry point and downstream in the shallower water.”
Depths vary massively, from 6ft to 20ft! Craig looks for the flow when deciding where to cast. For the roach he prefers to floatfish with hemp and tares.
“I don’t think people realise how many bleak and tiny dace are in the river. It’s difficult to get past them and if you feed maggots they won’t reach the bottom! Hemp and tares are the answer. I like to fish a stick float a third of the way out with a long rod. Sometimes fish will come up to intercept the loosefed hemp and you can catch at half-depth or even 6ft deep in 18ft of water!
“Use a 0.08mm hooklength and a fine size 16 hook for a tare, or a 0.10mm hooklength if sport is really good,” he advised. PRICES: Day tickets £3, Mitre Angling, CONTACT: Mitre Angling 01904 654841 LOCATION: From York, take the A19. Entry is via a gate on the sharp bend of Stripe Lane, Overton, half-a-mile after the railway bridge. The nearest postcode is YO30 1YL.
A fine 20lb-plus mixed bag on feeder tactics.
Craig Robinson waits for the next bream to bite at Overton.