Motorway Pond

This fishery holds numerous species and has a deserved reputation for producing big fish, whilst also being very productive in terms of having the potential to make large bags of fish. One of the very best natural fisheries in Yorkshire.

It produced the Yorkshire record carp of 42lb 8oz in 1999. Nowadays many of the carp weight over 20lb, with approximately a dozen in excess of 30lb. In the autumn of 2010, the Association introduced 20 young carp weighing between 5-7lb, the first phase of an ongoing initiative to both increase the carp stocks and introduce fresh blood to grow the specimens of the future. In late 2023 a further stocking took place with 150 2lb tench and 200 6-8inch crucian carp introduced.

There are many good-sized tench caught, with fish certainly over 7lb present, and bream over 10lb have been caught in the past. It is doubtful the bream get much above 7lb nowadays though (an 8lb 2oz tench was reported in 2016). The fishery has produced a number of pike well over 20lb, as well as quality rudd pushing 2lb. A handful of large wels catfish in excess of 20lb (one of 47lb was caught in 2023) are also known to be present. 

Although popular with specialist anglers in search of bigger carp and pike, recent events have seen many more pleasure anglers searching out the prolific stocks of tench, bream and rudd. In 2022 there were many bags of quality tench caught, with the fish averaging 4-5lb. Catches of quality roach were a feature in the past, with fish to over 1lb, but they are not so common nowadays and good quality rudd seem more prevalent. Location is the key to success in this interesting water with many different underwater features, bays and weed beds. Big catches of bream are possible and during a match held a few years ago a winning weight of 72lb 10oz was made by Geoff Dunham, with large back-up weights of bream and quality rudd taken in the same match.

The southern bank of the fishery (alongside the houses) is a public footpath and angling is prohibited along this section next to the houses. The site is an important wildlife area with interesting birds and flora. Motorway Pond is protected with an otter fence and the access gates must be kept shut at all times, and locked on entry and exit. Members of the public must be kept out.


Permits required

Standard Membership 5am – 10pm
A Class Night Permit 10pm – 5am

Stock / Size

Carp, Tench, Bream, Pike, Catfish, Rudd, Roach, Perch, Crucian Carp, Eels / 18 Acres


Close to the M62 Motorway, at Newport, East Yorkshire. Access though Newport village, via Thimblehall Lane or Canalside West.

Postcode: HU15 2PX
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Good parking is available at several points around the pond but do not obstruct access. There is a secure car park (with toilet facilities) and access to this car park is via Thimblehall lane. A combination number for the locks will be supplied with your annual membership. You must lock the gates at all times to avoid otters gaining access.

Hull & District Anglers’ Association

Membership of HDAA is open to anyone who agrees to abide by our common-sense Fishery Rules. All membership permits run from 1st Jan to 31st December annually. Membership allows angling on most of the Association’s venues from 5.00am to 10.00pm (except Carlton on Trent where the start time is 7.00am).


Members discount scheme - up to 15% off purchases

We have teamed up with shops, companies, suppliers, etc. to offer discounts to our members on production of a valid membership card.