The heaviest fish caught during the week was a 4lb 10oz rainbow trout by Simon Nelson using wooly. Fewston: Rainbow and blue trout are now feeding a little deeper as easterly winds cool the surface water. Natural nymph and wet patterns are taking most fish. Swinsty: Coloured mepps and plugs are catching rainbow trout eager to chase. Thruscross: Wild brown trout feeding close to overgrown willows are taking fly and spider patterns. Catch details (week ending April 27) – Day ticket: Fewston 29, Swinsty 6, Thruscross (catch and return): 1; total fish caught: Fewston 178, Swinsty 24, Thruscross 5; average per rod: Fewston 6.1, Swinsty 4, Thruscross 5.

The heaviest fish caught during the month was a 6lb 8oz rainbow trout by Robert Smith using red montana. Fewston (fly only): A consistent first month back, with trout feeding close to the banks. Swinsty (fly, spin, worm): Trout, perch and bream are all taking ledgered worm. Thruscross: Brown trout were slow to start feeding in shallow water. There were nymph and buzzers in abundance as fly hatch. Catch details (month ending April 27) – Day ticket: Fewston 189, Swinsty 33, Thruscross (catch and return) 8; total fish caught: Fewston 1,543, Swinsty 78, Thruscross 26; average per rod: Fewston 8.2, Swinsty 2.4, Thruscross 3.25.


Anglers are reminded that the only legal methods of fishing on the rivers at present are fly, minnow, artificial lure or worm. As it is a bank holiday on Monday, go fishing then before coming along to assist with the work at Tong Park. The weed situation is considerably better than last year following treatment with a dyestuff designed to cut sunlight penetration into the water. We have constructed a bridge across the north outlet and a number of fixed pegs have been made. We have some planting to do near the new fence and several more fixed pegs to construct. The more assistance from members, the faster these will be built. The working parties continue every Saturday at Tong Park, starting at about 9am. For further information, contact David on 07909-813915.


Result of Sunday’s match on the main lake at Birkwood Farm: 1 Keith Gardner 30lb 11oz, 2 John Charles Foreman 30lb 2oz, 3 Mick Stoney 21lb 1oz, 4 David Whitrick 18lb 12oz. This was back-to-back wins for Keith and propels him to joint-top of the table with Geoff Darke on 28 points. Our next match is on Sunday, May 18 at Lindholme Lakes (bonsai lake). You must use the venue’s feed pellets. The cafe opens at 7am, with the draw at 9am. You must have two keep nets in order to fish. Everyone is booked on for this match, so if you can’t make it you must notify match secretary Andy Clough by May 11 or you will be charged a peg fee.


The first members’ match of the year at Raskelf was won by Dave Bramley with 34lb 8oz of ide and crucians. Second place went to Colin Mortimer, who caught 34lb 3oz, followed by Pete Wilson with 33lb 8oz. The match also produced a number of notable fish, including a 4lb 2oz F1 carp and a 6lb 6oz tench. The next match is at Rawcliffe Bridge on the Aire & Calder Canal on Sunday, May 18. Gratrix Dam is producing good nets of roach, bream and chub on pole and maggot.


Results of Sunday’s match at Far View: 1 M Davey 25lb 12oz, 2 J Mountain 21lb, 3 S Worley 15lb 8oz, 4 C Davey 11lb 12oz. Our next match is at Kippax Park on Sunday, May 11. Meet at the venue for 8am, with fishing from 9am to 3pm. No bread or floating baits are allowed. Two keep nets are required and the venue’s feed pellets only are to be used.


The gate for Sunday’s members match at Pilley’s will open at 8.30am, with the draw at 8.45am. After the draw, spaces will be available for pleasure anglers. The next open match on the canal at Rodley is on Saturday, May 10. Any adult member who wishes to become a watcher for our canal venues should contact 07984-597328.


Result of Sunday’s match at Kippax Lakes: 1 Derek Milner 61lb 4oz, 2 Graham Hall 50lb 8oz, 3 Kevin Armitage 46lb 4oz. Section winners: Steff Armitage, Jack Hawkins, Steve Vaughan. The next match is at Tollerton on Sunday, May 18. To book on contact Jason (07787-148642) before May 9.


Result of Sunday’s match on the canal at Morton Lane: 1 B Granger 4lb 2oz, 2 J Story 3lb 3oz, 3 I Ward 2lb 4oz, 4 R Thornton 1lb 15oz. Tench are feeding well at Coppice Pond to caster and red maggot late in the evening.