Shipton Lake

Brief description of fishery:

The Lake is situated on the York to Thirsk road approximately 8 miles from York, at Shipton-by-Beningbrough.

Shipton is a 4 hectare lake, the site of an old brick-works clay pit, owned outright by BCAA since 1959.  It is surrounded by trees, with 23 fishing pegs – mainly platforms – provided for anglers. The water is very clear and rich in natural food, with blue dye currently being trialled to suppress weed and lily growth.

An otter fence was erected in 2018 to guard against predation. The gate is locked by a padlock which can be opened with the standard BCAA key.

Open for fishing:

Open all year round

Special Rules for this fishery:
1. All anglers must always close and lock the fishery gate after entering and leaving.
2. Surface and zig rig fishing is only allowed between 1st November and 30th April.
Other remarks
Adult members may fish with two rods.  Juniors (members at nil cost) may also use a second rod if they hold a second rod permit, available from the General Secretary on 01274 684906.
Night Fishing is allowed for up to 4 anglers per night at this fishery, bookable online.
Any breaches of rules will be reported to the General Committee, which may decide on punitive action.
We will likely undertake Working Parties at this Fishery in the coming year. The fishery will NOT be closed on these dates, though work parties may temporarily impact on anglers’ access to and enjoyment of the fishing.
There are no toilet facilities at Shipton – Anglers should therefore plan accordingly, especially when intending to night fish.  If soiling of the grounds surrounding this fishery becomes a problem, then Night Permits may be withdrawn permanently.


Online Google Maps link:   BCAA Shipton Lake fishery

Nearest postcode:
YO30 1AU (Brickyard Cottages, adjacent to the fishery)

Parking is at on site just inside the gate to the fishery, and at the end of the track straight ahead from the gate.

Access via the locked gate to the fishery direct from High Moor Lane.

A key is required to gain entry to this fishery. Members can purchase a key for £2.40 via their Clubmate account.
Entry and exit to/from the Fishery is to be made only by the main gate, which must be locked both after entry to, and exit from, the Fishery. Cars must be parked within the fishery itself and must not be left on the road, for safety reasons.



  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench