IN the past couple of weeks since our waters reopened, we've seen a big increase in anglers on the bank compared to normal, but pleasingly everyone has maintained social distancing measures and we have received a huge number of positive reports.

This has included a good number of junior members joining the sport and realising the benefits of the great outdoors.

With more good weather forecast over the coming weeks and the start of the coarse season on rivers looming on June 16, club membership can still be purchased on

At Knotford, we have seen a new lake record carp set by Allan Allcock at 41lb 6oz, along with countless fish over 20lb to most anglers who have fished the lake.

There have also been plenty of tench to over 8lb and bream into double figures caught from the lake.

Similarly at Kirklees, the carp and tench have been on the feed, with fish to over 28lb being caught.

At Raskelf, we have seen an explosion in the rudd stocks, producing some excellent silver fish catches from all around the lake.

Please could members take extra care to ensure that the gate is locked and bolt pushed along when leaving the lake.

Shelf Dam has been producing great catches of bream, roach and chub from both lakes on pole or waggler with maggot as bait.

On the River Calder, there have been good reports of trout being caught on fly or artificial lure.


Our stillwater fisheries have received much attention and some good catches have been reported. Work at Knotford Lagoon continues on the roadway.


The canal has fished patchy so far. Any reports are welcome.