The Clay Pool at Starcarr Lakes, Brandesburton
Fish caught at The Clay Pool, Starcarr Lakes, Brandesburton
Lots of fish caught at The Clay Pool, Starcarr Lakes, Brandesburton
A net full of fish caught at The Clay Pool, Starcarr Lakes, Brandesburton
Net full of fish caught at The Clay Pool, Starcarr Lakes, Brandesburton

The Clay Pool is a man made, reed fringed body of water of approx 1.2 acres with a clay lined base and situated on the south west side of the site. This can be seen on the far right (as you enter the site) directly behind The Coarse Gravel Pit. At first glance The Pool could be mistaken as Commercial Carp bagging water but is anything but. The level of this Pool is approx 300mm higher than the surrounding water table and separated from the gravel pits by a clay embankment, this pool included just 7 fishing pegs when we bought the site.

This water was considered as little more than a muddy puddle with a small derelict trout farm separating it from The Gravel Pit. The small fish stocking density in The Pool was very high, and given the size of the water and the limited amount of natural food available the condition of the big Tench made the over stocking problem quite apparent. On securing the site we initiated a feeding programme to recondition the larger fish and progressively move some of the big Carp into The Gravel Pit where they will reach their full potential, and to develop the pool into a Tench, Crucian and Sliver fish venue with a number of 3-8lb carp left in for good measure.

The first phase of the major works programme was to remove all but one earth walkways out of the old Trout farm and break this area through into the The Pool doubling the size of the original pond to 1.2 acres leaving a wildlife island in the middle of the new lake. The old timber fishing platforms have all been removed and replaced with clay pegs with timber frontage so every angler will be sat on solid ground close to the water. The increase size of the lake will allowed a total of 15 pegs to be constructed during the 2016 season.

The average depth of The Pool at two rod lengths out is 4-5 feet, the newly excavated areas drop down to 5-7 feet leaving enough depth and volume to cope with a harsh winter. The Pool residents are a true mixed bag of coarse fish, Carp to 10lb, Tench to 8lb and bonus Crucians.

The silver fishing is second to none, Roach, Rudd, Ide and Skimmers continue to feed all year round and pleasure anglers been catching 25-40lb bags from November through to March with average fish size 8-12 oz and a scattering of much bigger bonus fish. The Pool is an ideal silver fish venue for the everyday angler should fish the pole in the margins and put a sleeper rod out on feeder or method and present a bigger bait for the larger residents

The Clay Pool and The Gravel Pit – Coarse Angling Regulations

Fishing times – 07:30 until 21:00 latest and not past dusk.
Winter Fishing times (Oct – March) – 08:30 until dusk

The measures below are in place for the safety and welfare of the fish and apply to everyone fishing or visiting the site-NO EXCEPTIONS. If you won’t comply, you can’t fish. No fishing after dark. Site gates are locked at night and will not re-open until 07:30. Anyone caught fishing on site after dark will detained for poaching.
Anyone seen or caught moving fish, stealing fish, killing or deliberately injuring fish, (including use of live bait) will be prevented from leaving site until the police arrive. Anglers are asked to report such activity immediately by calling 07912 677302.


  1. Maximum 2 rods per person and anglers must have a current EA rod license.
  2. Strictly one angler per peg – unless an angler is accompanying a child that is fishing.
  3. Each child angler 15 or under must be accompanied by experienced adult angler at ALL TIMES.
  4. No litter will be tolerated (including cigarette butts) pegs are inspected each morning and evening. If you find litter left by the previous peg user please report it.
  5. No keep nets, no carp sacks or stocking or fish retention of any kind.
  6. All fish must be returned immediately to the pond they were caught in – do not move fish between ponds. No retaining fish unless instructed to do so by the fishery owner.
  7. Carp anglers or anglers fishing for carp must use a 36” ( 90c m) specimen landing net and is provided.
  8. All anglers must use the unhooking mat provided.
  9. Any fish that are weighed must be in a Starcarr commercial weigh sling.
  10. Do not lay fish on the ground, do not lay nets with a fish in on the ground – put it on the mat provided.
  11. Bait boats are permitted, if these become nuisance permission may be withdrawn.
  12. 1 x Barbless single hooks only per rig – no heavy braid, no fixed/bolt rigs (even with safety release clips), no multiple hook rigs, no treble hooks, no double hooks. Do not leave baited tackle in the water unattended.
  13. No pike fishing, no live baiting, no dead baiting, no spinning or lure fishing of any description.
  14. Fishing distances are half way to the next peg if that peg is occupied or becomes occupied or to the middle of the pool. All pegs are numbered – do not move or remove the peg numbers.
  15. No open cans or tins on the bank, please put tinned baits into bait boxes prior to fishing.
  16. All pegs are numbered – do not move or remove the peg numbers.
  17. Banned baits – tinned cat food or tinned dog food, fake/plastic baits inc. zip rigs. Do not use excessive numbers of surface baits or throw slices of bread into the lake unless it is wet and mashed up to a sinking bait. Do not throw in large lumps of uncut meat into the water and do not discard unused baits onto the banks or bushes – please leave unused bait in the registration hut for others to use or we will feed it to fish in the clay pool.Swan Mussels are in all 3 lakes – do not touch them, disturb them or remove them from the water.
  18. Do not fish close to snags and endanger the fish. If you find a snag please report its location to the manager or bailiff and we will attempt to identify it and remove it.

Download Clay Pool and Gravel Pit rules – updated Feb 2017
Download Health & Safety and Registration – updated Feb 2017