DAY tickets for non-members to fish Harold Park or Chellow Dene in Bradford are now available to purchase online on our website;

It is easy to do, just complete the form and pay via PayPal or card and the ticket will be emailed straight to you.

This Sunday we have an open match on the River Nidd at Cowthorpe, with tickets available from Simon on 01274 571175. The draw will take place in the lay-by at 9am.

Milby Cut Canal is fishing very well for roach and perch on waggler or pole. Gratrix Dam is also fishing well for ide and chub on maggot fished up in the water.


Very little to report on catches over the Christmas period, apart from the River Aire, where grayling are being caught on float fished maggot. Staying mobile and searching out the fish seems to be the best method.

The Aire Rivers Trust requires volunteers to continue with tree planting on the old Riddlesden golf course every Thursday, 10am-3pm, from January to March. Contact Nick Milsom on 07378 878857 for details.

Yearbooks for 2019 are now available from our usual agents and from the club website. Anyone wishing to fish club waters must be in possession of a current yearbook and an E.A. Licence.


Over the Christmas period the weather was quite settled, with little wind and overcast skies, although the temperature hovered just above freezing the whole time.

One or two anglers were to be seen in action on the local waters, where they found some fish were in a feeding mood.

The Skipton Angling Association’s open match on Whinnygill Reservoir attracted a reasonable entry on December 30, but once again the fish were conspicuous by their absence and only two were landed.

Kenny Wright had a 650g bream to win the match and David Fenn was runner-up with a 290g ide.

Throughout 2018, the results in matches on Whinnygill did not bear any resemblance to the catches enjoyed by pleasure anglers and it is hoped that this pattern will not be repeated again this year.

As a result of the dry weather, the River Aire gradually dropped to normal winter level and suitable for all forms of angling.

The upper reaches on Heslaker Lane were fished on several days and the maggot attracted some smallish grayling and larger out-of-season brown trout.

Lower down the river, bread flake, maggots and sweetcorn have also been successful with trout and grayling, plus the occasional chub from the deeper stretches.

The Snaygill length, although suitable for pike fishing, has not been visited by more than the odd angler for some time and there are no reports at the moment.

Even Embsay Reservoir has been fished and some decent trout have been caught. The best was a good conditioned tiger trout that took the scales down to 1,310g, along with a brownie of approximately 900g that fell to the same angler.

Prospects for this weekend appear to be reasonable, with mainly dry and relatively mild conditions following a short cold spell with strong northerly winds.