No reports of any catches this week probably down to the poor weather and high river levels.

Thanks to the few members who attended Tuesday's annual general meeting. Andrew Healy was voted in as club secretary and hope members will give him their full support.

The Aire Rivers Trust have several volunteer days this month and, in November, will be starting a tree planting and hedge laying programme all help is welcome, check the website or contact Nick Milsom for details.


The Riverfest qualifier, which was held on our length of the River Ouse, was fished in difficult conditions.

The winner was S Haig on peg 224 with a bream and seven roach for 7lb 4oz. Second was D Pollitt with 2lb 8oz.

The match at Kippax Park on Tuesday was won by A Middleton 101lbs 10oz, 2 J Redmond 5lb 7oz, 3 S Pearson 59lb 7oz.

The result of Saturday's match, held on Lapwing: 1 D Wright 78lb 2oz, 2 A Broomhead 75lb 11oz, 3 A Middleton 74lb 15oz.

At Moor Monkton pools on Wednesday, the winner was D Wright 134lbs 7oz, 2 M Dodsworth 109lb 12oz, 3 P Carter 86lb 11oz.

The result of Sunday's match on Cyprie: 1 L Smith 108lb 9oz, 2 T Bainbridge 107lb, 3 G Wright 87lb 12oz.

Knotford continues to produce quality carp, S Fearnley had one weighing 30lb 8oz, the first time this particular fish has topped 30lb. There will be a working party on October 28 at Moor Monkton pools.


With the river levels being high, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is proving to be a good stand-by.

Membership books are available at half-price until the end of the year.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to M Paton, who has recently undergone surgery.


The winter river matches start on October 27, if the river is fishable using the bottom and middle lengths.

Draws will be held 8.45am at the Sir Norman Ray pub, Market Square, Shipley. Entry £15. Please call Carl Chadwick on 07955 727079. Please avoid calling in working hours 7.30am to 5pm weekdays, as the use of mobile phones are not permitted at work.

The dates for the other river matches are as follows: November 10, 24; December 1, 15, 29; January 5, 19; February 2, 16; March 1, 2020.

The bottom length and middle length will be closed to pleasure anglers on these dates.

Dates for the winter canal matches are yet to be finalised.

The 2019 annual general meeting will take place at the Ring O' Bells,Saltaire, on Monday, November 4 at 8pm.

This is your chance to find out what the committee have been up to throughout the year and to have your input into the club.


River anglers look like having to bide their time for a few days at least after all the rain that has fallen in the last week or so.

The River Aire has been running near bank top and on two occasions there has been some extensive flooding of the fields from Niffany down to Cononley.

Once the level falls to near normal the fishing should be OK for the rest of the coarse fishing season, but with yet more rain forecast in the coming days it may be quite some time before any successful fishing is possible.

All the heavy rain coupled with lower air temperatures has had an effect on still waters and put the fish off the feed.

Embsay Reservoir has been producing some trout but they have tended to be on the small side.

Tiger trout and rainbows have been the mainstay of catches with fish to just below the 1kg mark.

Whinnygill Reservoir has suffered in a similar manner to Embsay although some decent bags of bream ide and roach have been caught.

Both reservoirs are full to the top and Embsay has seen quite a volume of water going down the overflow.

Just prior to the wet weather, the local stretches of the canal were fishing really well with quality fish being caught.

The Broughton Road length, in particular, was producing bream up to 1.82kg and perch to just over the 1kg mark on bread and worm respectively.

Anglers who have been considering joining the Skipton Angling Association may like to take advantage of an offer of half-price membership (£50) from now until February 26, 2020.

The offer is only for full adult membership and covers fishing on all the Association’s waters which are the River Aire, Embsay and Whinnygill Reservoirs and a good length of the canal at Skipton.

Full details, including joining, are available on the Association’s website. Go to Skipton Angling Association Public Groups/Facebook find the half-price offer and click on for full details.