With river levels at the lowest they’ve been since early January, albeit rising again throughout the match, the Charity Sweepstakes on the River Nidd at Cowthorpe produced some quality catches.

Neil Stanhope fished stick float and maggot to catch six chub for a winning weight of 24lb 12oz, with the biggest fish weighing 6lb 4oz.

Ian Newby took second place with a net of big perch and chub for 23lb 6oz on lob worm.

Third place went to Simon Foster with two chub (biggest 5lb 2oz) and a barbel for 12lb 2oz and in fourth position was James Vickerman, with a 7lb 8oz barbel and a chub for a total of 10lb 14oz.

The river season will come to a close on Saturday, with the trout season reopening on March 25 and the coarse season on June 16.

Looking ahead to next season, the club will be hosting a qualifier for the inaugural Northern River Masters on the River Nidd at Cowthorpe on Saturday, August 15.

The series aims to promote the outstanding fishing the region has to offer and will culminate in a final, which carries a guaranteed £5,000 first prize.

Tickets for the qualifiers will go on sale this weekend on


Will our fellow sea anglers try not to forget that our quarterly meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at our headquarters in the New Inn, East Bierley, commencing at 8pm.

This will be our presentation evening, where members who have caught great fish will be presented with trophies for their great achievements in 2019. There will also be a free buffet afterwards.

So if members could try to attend this important meeting, it promises to be a great night. New members will be made most welcome.


Poor weather and high water levels made rivers difficult to fish for the last week of the season. Rivers close today until March 25, when they reopen for trout fishing.

The Aire Rivers Trust have several tree planting and clean up weekends through March. Contact Nick Milson (07378 878857) for details.


We conducted a netting at the Osprey Lake at Kippax Park to establish the stock of fish. The result was 458 carp of good size, but the number of silver fish was not too great.

The open matches at this venue resume on Saturday, with the first match on Lapwing.

The match held at Moor Monkton pools on Wednesday, March 4 was won by O. Hewitt with 67lb 1oz. S. Bolton was second with 55lb and S. Holmes came third with 39lb 10oz.

While Sunday’s match saw a win for M. Dodsworth with 56lb 10oz. A. Harmsby finished second with 40lb 6oz and K. Worth came third with 36lb 4oz.

In the match held on a rising river at Linton-on-Ouse, the winner was G. Bass with 12lb 8oz. P. Bennett came second with 11lb 8oz and I. Boardman finished third with 4lb 13oz.


The last day of the coarse season on rivers is tomorrow. After this date, no fishing on rivers can take place until the start of the trout season on March 25, when co-keep nets may be used and the only baits permitted are worm, fly and artificial lures.