Pocklington Canal

Opened in 1818 to link the agricultural areas of east Yorkshire with the West Riding via the River Der-went, this short, 13-mile canal extends from Pocklington westwards to join the river at East Cottingwith. This is an excellent fishery containing quality coarse fish. Tench to 6 lb have been taken (though the average is 2J lb) and the biggest bream went 8 lb some years ago with the average around 3 lb. There are also roach, perch and pike. The most prolific section is the water above Walbut Lock. The tench are the main attraction which is why most rate this best as an early season water. Access for visitors is good and York AA, who control all the fishing, also welcome season members. Rod Licence: YWA

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