carp lake

Selby 3 Lakes

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All fishing must be booked before arriving at the lake. It is advisable to book at least a week beforehand as the lake can get busy during the summer season. Should you be doing a last minute session then still phone to make sure that the lake is available.

Contact Details for booking : Gordon Fowler, 07818 092420

For website and general enquiries please email Alan at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that I CANNOT take bookings or confirm swim availability via the website, these must be made through Gordon Fowler


For those who know Selby, enter Selby on Bawtry Road A1041. Pass the cattle market on your left hand side and you will immediately see the new housing estate on the right, take a left turn signposted Selby Three Lakes Industrial Estate. The lake is situated along the right hand side of this road. Parking is located immediately on the right in the car park with the sandwich van.

For those with Sat Nav, type in the address below and follow the route:

Selby 3 Lakes
Selby, North Yorkshire


Selby Three Lakes was originally dug over 80 years ago, lake 3 became the main carp lake with lakes 1 and 2 being the coarse lakes. In 1992 the decision was taken by the owners and bailiff to create one whole lake out of the three there. 4 cut outs were dug to create the one lake of 12 acres in size. After being a syndicate lake Selby then reverted back into a day ticket water and was quickly established as the North's premier day ticket and to this day it is still held in that regard.

The fish in Selby can only be described as true warriors and each one has its own individuality. With an estimated stock of 15 over the 30lb mark, around 100 over the 20lb mark and in the region of 150 good doubles this isn't a runs water by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time it shouldn't beat you up too much. Fish come out regularly but like anywhere there will be blanks along the way to the big ones. The named fish are the ones that most want to catch so keep your eye out for the likes of The Male, The Beast or Clarence. Have a look at the gallery and you will see most of the named ones in here to wet your appetite for the possibilities ahead.

Gordon Fowler is the Fisheries Manager of the lake and has a knowledge of the lake and area which only comes with putting the time in and learning the water, and having put 4 nights in a week for over 9 years in the past there is no disputing his experience and knowledge of this unique and feature-rich water. Should anybody need any advice or help be it with fishing or directions then do not hesitate to contact him (number on contacts page).

Finally enjoy your fishing at Selby, please adhere to the rules, make sure you book for night fishing and don't forget to send us the photos and details of your catches, tight lines.



  1. A great little venue, should we put it on our list of places to fish before you die?

    (Posted on 2012-12-10 15:32:00 by CC Moore)

    (Posted on 2011-08-11 22:37:00 by phillip hobson)
  3. i read these comments before the first time i went and they are completly outdated alot has changed since these comments were made, roger hind is now head bailiff and done loads of work on the place. all the swims have been redone and re woodchipped so they are comftable he has stopped fishing off the island but you are allowed to go on there and bait up. hes stocked it with some new carp but alot of the origanal fish still in there which are getting on in size now. check out there new website and give the pace a try again i think u will be pleasently suprised

    (Posted on 2011-08-11 22:36:00 by phillip hobson)
  4. Dont believe too much of the script for this lake its all changed from 4 years ago.....This site really needs to be updated....goto for up to date info and contact details. Roger Hind is now the fisheries manager and he alone now runs the show and its recovering from its day ticket onslaught to being a far better water split between syndicate and day ticket.

    (Posted on 2011-08-01 12:33:00 by sherlock)
  5. never ever sin 200 bolies i ant even got 200 bolies they will get 1 n 1 only u turd

    (Posted on 2011-05-13 16:54:00 by big jim takes kaka)
  6. hi cant wait to go this weekend

    (Posted on 2011-02-03 09:57:00 by harry)
  7. hi cant wait to go this weekend

    (Posted on 2011-02-03 09:57:00 by harry)
  8. something else that i can not believe, i very rarly seen anyone with a floater rod or a zig rig out to the new stagings / pads
    Use a decent bait instead of some crap argos / icconomy carp baits boilie
    Try mainline Cell or active8
    Try walking round to the stagings and bangin some of hemp / corn in and fish a 15mm+10mm snowman over the top.
    The hemp and corn will fetch the bream and tench but these will also fetch the carp to investigate and feed they will.I would lay off the pellets, bream love them too much
    If using boilies id use a minimum of 40 round each rod and wouldnt be scared of putting 200 round each rod
    Id go for 18mm baits for the feed so the bream dont get as many as the 15ns

    (Posted on 2010-09-05 13:15:00 by Big Jim)
  9. lol, that was hillarious james boner
    " Im just going to enjoy it "
    does a 48hr blank and says its the worst water in the uk , lol
    I can instantly tell from that james that you have only just started fishing, let alone carp fishing ! Argos was it ?

    (Posted on 2010-09-05 12:53:00 by me)
  10. nice one sue, nice surroundings too

    (Posted on 2010-09-05 12:48:00 by wayne)
  11. night stalker. lol
    has it not occured to you that maybe the bream/roach anglers bring in as much revenue as the carp ?
    With the winter matches and day ticket anglers
    It amazes me how many carpers fish next to the carp park and moan when they blank, i nether see anyone going in gordons kennel 1st

    (Posted on 2010-09-05 12:47:00 by me)
  12. night stalker. lol
    has it not occured to you that maybe the bream/roach anglers bring in as much revenue as the carp ?
    With the winter matches and day ticket anglers
    It amazes me how many carpers fish next to the carp park and moan when they blank, i nether see anyone going in gordons kennel 1st

    (Posted on 2010-09-05 12:47:00 by me)
  13. I went to 3 lakes for the first time this week with my 85yr old dad... he caught about 8 or 9 small roach. We had a lovely time...we will definately be going back. Does it occur to anyone...the old saying.." a poor workman always blames his tools"... if you get my meaning! We all have bad need to blame the venue surely?

    (Posted on 2010-09-04 16:34:00 by sue horgan)
  14. been to selby 1 lake for a 24 hour session, i blanked lad i was with caught a 9lbs mirror,

    one lad on the carpark swim had 2 out over night and a koi during day, his biggest was a 19lbs common

    i like the lake and would be back dave

    (Posted on 2010-07-31 20:26:00 by dave)
  15. Croc, well said my man, well said indeed! Selby Lake 1 is not the same as it was, it has gone through some massive changes over the past few years and is still being treated and cared for like an infant, as it is now the lake is "new". The carp are new, stockies added afew years ago and are UNPRESSURED, they are not fished for as hard as the old fish were. If you wanna fish lake 1 be prepared for long long times with not a bite in sight, you have to work hard, do your water craft. You cant just drop a PVA bag on the island and sit back then whinge and moan about it when you blank!

    There are a ton of underwater features in this lake, bars, silt, gravel all these the stockies sit on. If you havnt got a marker float out finding them then I hope you do blank to be honest. I live in Selby and last time i fished the lake was afew weeks back, as ive fished it afew times and found my spots, i netted a 12lb mirror and a 8lb bream, i was there 3 hours!

    If your going to do a 24/48 hour session, do your ground work, and bring a marker!! Aswell as a spod rod!!! Top tip, these fish live of natural baits for 90% of the time, do the math, you need to get them so interested in your bait that they cant resist it!

    Selby is a grogeous lake and if people put the time in then you'd get your rewards but if you only go there with a bait thrown to the island and then come here and slate the place because you blanked then croc was right, take up golf because you have no right fishing!

    (Posted on 2010-07-14 07:15:00 by MachineHeadMat)
  16. Now i'm not going to start a full blown slanging match but come on lets get real. A guy supports my comments, adds that its a new water that he's going to give a chance, does a 48hr session, blanks, then calls it worst fishery in UK! Just goes to prove exactly what i said last time about so called carp anglers of modern times.

    (Posted on 2010-07-12 08:20:00 by Croc Dundee)
  17. ive just done a 48hrs on selby 3 lakes ive had more noise off my mobile phone that i had on my bite alarms fishing was not good i will not be going back ever again not if it bwas the last lake in the uk still wouldnt go...

    (Posted on 2010-07-11 17:03:00 by james bonner)
  18. hi 2 all anglers ive been fishing for about 5yrs now and all in my time ive never heard or seen all these commets about 1 fishery. your have just got 2 get on with it and keep trying different things and try keeping everthing pindown am going there this weekend 4 a 48 hrs.. I will tell u all about on sunday am just going 2 enjoy it because it a new water for me 2 try with my fishing pals speak soon......

    (Posted on 2010-07-08 19:12:00 by james bonner)
  19. After a break of 16yrs from carp fishing i have returned to a world of many changes. Some for the good, but many for the bad. Including forums in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, someone can now walk into a tackle shop, spend 500quid on readymade everything and call themselve a carp angler, go to a day ticket water for a 48hr session, blank, blame the fishery and tell the world on here. What a joke! My last year in 93 i fished a north yorks syndicate for approx 2000 hours. Result: 12 runs, 3 lake records and considered one of the most successful anglers ever on that water. I lost count of the amount of blanks that i had but as a true carp angler never once blamed the water. A word of advice to some of the new age "so called carp anglers"; Put your gear on ebay and buy some golf clubs. Angling needs as much support that it can get in these current times without the need of idiots trying to put people off based on their own inadequences, inexperience and lack of patience. Selby 3 Lakes is still one of the norths premier waters which i would recommend to everyone else.

    (Posted on 2010-07-07 01:09:00 by Croc Dundee)
  20. recently fished 2 nighter what a waste of money, all talk and nothing more regarding re stock, reading between the lines x wife has bestlake with all good head of carp trying to blag lads with carp talk in my view get rid of masses amount of bream which will fetch good money and re stock with more carp you then may see anglers coming back in 12 to 24 months

    (Posted on 2010-07-03 18:06:00 by night stalker)
  21. so all that at top of page is bull then i was thinking bout goin

    (Posted on 2010-06-22 19:01:00 by choony)
  22. trust me there are still tons of pike in there. when the bream spawned they were

    (Posted on 2010-06-15 01:04:00 by tangler)
  23. I know all the pike wernt taken out bar 4 - lol
    They only electofished 1 meter down in 1 margin, soout of what was taken in those couple of minits, 4 went back into the lake including the 25 lb pike
    They lake has hundreds of pike still
    I myself fished week after electrofishing and netted 4 upto 19lb and lost 2
    It just goes to show how the inexperienced can get there wires crossed - lol

    (Posted on 2010-06-02 21:26:00 by robert wilson)

    (Posted on 2010-05-27 08:35:00 by CROWPIKE)
  25. Fished lake 1 last week (april 2010) had 4 fish upto 19lb 12oz and lost 1 , in 48 hours.Only had 2 bream which came on the 14mm boilie rod.Never had a problem with the 18mm mainline cell bottom baits
    I will definatly be back

    (Posted on 2010-04-25 13:39:00 by paul williams)
  26. i fished this lake twice no point on hot summer days the carp are aware there are anglers fishing and will only feed on fry i landed 4 carp to 23lb on small square pieces of calamaier squid over a bed of maize crushed with squid the bes time to fish it is in bad weather when the lake is empty over a bed of chopped worm with bollie and also the squid pieces yes you will get bream but you will empty the lake of carp

    (Posted on 2010-02-26 12:31:00 by paul dunscombe)
  27. i was gonna fish this lake, and , being a carper of 22 years, o dont usually take notice of an yone else and there oppinions as we all fish differently etc, HOWEVER, i cant convince myself to even go look as all the posts on here say the same AND YOU CANT ALL BE WRONG, so for once im greatful of the negative feed back as its saved me from a wasted journy cheers lads, happy carping
    note to selby three lakes, :: take notice of your anglers PLEASE

    (Posted on 2009-11-24 20:49:00 by paddy)

    (Posted on 2009-09-11 23:54:00 by SELBY 1 LAKE (BREAM LAKE))
  29. the comments below are correct
    i fished 3 times this season and all i caught were bream
    i dont mind catching bream but the bream wernt very big either
    the surface was black with bream
    we never saw a carp on the surface in the whole 3 visits
    kind of strange as the bream were up in the top layers
    very disapointing and very expensive £20 per night
    a word of advise to anyone thinking of fishing there FISH ELS WHERE
    unless you like small bream
    i want my money back gorden

    (Posted on 2009-09-07 21:21:00 by perter from hull)
  30. Specimen Carp Lake............ NO WAY. I fished this lake for 3 nights along with 4 other friends . all whom are very good carp anglers.. this is a very moderate carp lake living off its old namesake.. it needs the hundreds of tons of bream removing and stocking with carp. all the net talk of been stocked with plenty of carp is rubbish.. i was talking to an angler who was there when they restocked it and he says there were maybe 25 to 30 fish at the most which went in.. The prices are absolutely scandolous for the lake that this is.. i would say this is a good course fishery and nothing more.. if you were planning to fish here DONT ...its maybe worth 10 pounds per 24 hrs at the best .......

    (Posted on 2009-09-03 11:12:00 by carpmad)
  31. not enough carp (they say its been re stocked) ??? doubtfull
    we had a 48 hour session ,15 small bream all on boilies is just not good enough
    sell your bream and lower the price to £5 a night
    because thats all its worth
    no carp in here?

    (Posted on 2009-09-03 10:38:00 by CROWCARP)
  32. i would like to post my review on selby 3 lakes, witch infact is now quarter of the original size as 3 quarters of the lake is now a syndicate venue and the owner has nothing to do with the other lake, after looking foward to my week of work i was gutted when i arrived at selby 3 lakes to discover the owner has split up with her husband and have divided the lake into 2 as part of the divorce settlement, when the work was undertaken to split the lakes it was decided whatever fish was in each lake stayed there, after talking to the syndicate lads they told me 95% of the carp was in there lake as it was split in the middle of winter and the winter holding spot for the carp was in the furthest spot away from the ticket lake, i feel using the same name as selby 3 lakes is not fair to anyone wanting to spend there hard earned money on what i think is a very understocked lake, i feel the lake is riding on its previous reputation and is very missleading, in the week i was there, there was 1 carp that came out at 5 lb along with shit loads of bream, for 20 pound a night witch is a top asking price for such a understocked lake, the web site and an article i read in crafty carper said 150 carp have been introduced, the balliff and gardener on the syndicate lake told me it was more around 25 and 7 of them died, maybe the advice i was giving was more of to do with one geting one over the other, my opinion is you only have to look at the lakes to tell witch side has had the major cash injection, unfortunatly it was'nt the lake i was on, so selby3lakes do your self a favor, change your name, lower your prices, electronet your lake to get rid of all them annoying bream, and put some more carp in, riding on the reputation of the complex's previous glory is gunner catch up to you because i want be coming back, and the 6 acres your advertising at is more like 3

    (Posted on 2009-04-20 23:41:00 by carpman)