Viking Fishery was established in 2002 when Laurie and Margaret Tones purchased land next to the Aire and Calder Canal near Pollington in East Yorkshire; planning permission was granted a year later in 2003.
Working from nothing, the fishery was designed to contain three ponds. The ponds were dug by Margaret and Laurie themselves, starting with Deer pond, to a depth of 4 feet. The ponds were allowed to mature naturally, encouraging the right blend of both fish and plant life. Deer Pond opened on 17th March 2007 after it had been properly stocked and was fishable. Fox pond was opened in 2008 and Hawk early in 2010.