The fine weather, plus the imminent end of the river coarse fishing season, has brought many anglers out on both rivers and club still waters. Fish are beginning to show well and some good nets are being reported. The last day of the coarse fishing season on rivers is tomorrow and the season will not open again until June 16. However, fishing will continue on the club’s lakes and ponds. If 2013 members have not already done so, they now have just two weeks to renew membership for this year. After March 31 they will have to pay the joining fee of £15 again, even if they were 2013 members. New members are also welcome. Details of costs and information about BCAA fishing can be found on the club’s website at, or by phone from membership secretary Jim Munden (07940-814431). Members may join or renew at agents, by post or via the link on the BCAA website to our online shop. Both committee and other BCAA members continue to be busy. The club hope to agree two new fisheries at today’s committee meeting and to announce these to members shortly afterwards. A work party is planned at Shipton Lake this Sunday. Any members who can spare a couple of hours to help should call Munden on 07940-814431 for details. The club will also be netting Staveley lakes for a stock count and fish-scale sampling next week to assess how well fish are thriving in the lakes and to inform five-year fishery management and stocking plans. The next BCAA match is at Staveley Lakes this Sunday and places are still available if anyone wishes to fish. Call Rod Brooksbank (07875-275749) or Steve Fox (0770-8260004) for details.


Tomorrow is the last day for coarse fishing on rivers, after which there is no river fishing permitted until the start of the trout season on Tuesday, March 25. The final positions in the winter series saw E Harrison crowned the winner with 22lb, followed by D Stephenson (4lb 4oz) and D Bingley (3lb 4¾oz). Several other anglers were very close behind. The last Pilley’s match was the 200th win at this venue for Harrison, spanning a period of 55 years. There is a working party at Pilley’s on Saturday, March 22. All volunteers are welcome.


The final match of the river season at Cowthorpe was won by Alan Grandidge with five chub for a 16lb 12oz total. Second on the day was Chris Smith with 11lb 12oz and third was Adrian Lewis with 10lb. The river season closes tomorrow to all angling but Chellow Dene is fishing well for quality roach and chub on waggler and maggot. There will be a working party at Raskelf on Sunday at 10am to repair pegs and paths. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Our first match of the season at Forest Lane was won by Bernard Hook with an impressive 68lb 12oz. Second was Tony Webb with 40lb 4oz and new member Dirk Milner was third with 34lb 15oz. Paul Sedgewick, another new member, was fourth after putting together 22lb 10oz. Well done to everyone who turned up on a fabulous day. We’ll see you all at our next match on Sunday, April 6 at Birkwood Farm.


The late festive match will be held on the Leeds-Liverpool canal on Sunday, March 23, although the exact venue has yet to be decided. To book on call Tony on 07971-428678. There will be a work party at Settler dam on Sunday, April 6 to start a weed clearing programme. All volunteers are welcome.


Sunday’s results are as follows: 1 I Fieldhouse 6lb 10oz, 2 C Chadwick 4lb 14oz, 3 D Rothera 4lb 2oz. The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27 at the Fleece pub in Cullingworth from 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Would all anglers please use the car park responsibly.