The club was out on both days of the weekend.

On Saturday, the group took on The Oaklands Lake, based at Forest Lane Fisheries in York.

With the weather turning and the wind blowing it was going to be a hard day and members described it like fishing in the North Sea at times.

Results: 1 Michael H, 36lb 10oz, peg 19; 2 Shaun Rowley, 24lb 15oz, peg 16.

Sections: Richard K, 21lb 8oz, peg 23; George Taylor, 19lb 13oz, peg 2.

The famous spoon almost went to Steve Cromie but he was just pipped by Tereza Taylor who had 9lb 10oz from peg 4.

Sunday was the final match of this year's winter league and it was the worst weather the club had all series, with 14 brave souls starting the match.

Only 12 made it to the end though.

Result: 1 John Clarke, 56lb 7oz, peg 14; 2 Bob Earnshaw, 40lb 11oz, peg 11;

Sections: Lee Brahman (Matrix Halifax), 30lb 8oz, peg 1; Cliff Bacon, 24lb 14oz peg 9; Eddie Storie 37lb 7oz peg 19.

Overall League Standings: 1 Eddie Storie; 2 John Clarke; 3 Stuart Oakes; 4 Stuart Waterhouse; 5 Chris Sturgeon.

This week the club head to The Oaks Lakes complex in Thirsk to fish on the Sycamore Lake.

They will also be fishing on the Top Lake at Barnbrough.


Sunday's open match on the River Nidd was cancelled due to the river being in flood.

The next match is the final round of the Raskelf Winter Series on March 24.

The river season closed at midnight on Thursday and will reopen on March 25 for trout fishing (selected venues and bait bans in place) or June 16 for coarse fishing.

Lakes and canals remain open all year round.

The drop in temperatures over the weekend resulted in poor catches for many but there have still been some good catches from Knotford with carp over 20lbs and bream into double figures.

Anglers fishing Queen Mary's Ponds over the next few weeks should note that the road from the golf club to the lakes will be closed from 9.30am to 3.30pm until April 5 for much needed resurfacing.

Access should still be available from the opposite direction.

Privilege tickets are now available on the club website for members to take guests fishing on all club waters, apart from Knotford and Queen Mary's Ponds.

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High river levels made fishing difficult for the last week of the river season.

Rivers are now closed to all fishing until March 25 when the trout season reopens for fly and worm fishing only.

The coarse season opens on June 16.


Members are reminded of the annual presentation evening on Tuesday, March 19, commencing at 8pm in the club headquarters at the New Inn, East Bierley.

Presenting the trophies once again will be long serving committee member Brian Clarkson along with club President John Wilcox.

This will be followed by a free buffet on a night which could see some surprise winners.

Any potential new angler wishing to join the club are welcome to come along.


With the river in flood, the goosanders descended on the canal, which along with the high winds made for a difficult match for everyone.

Leading the way though was Keighley's Dave Colbran with his catch of a caster fish.

Results: 1 Dave Colbran, Keighley, 6lb 8oz, peg 21; 2 Andy Turner, Tricast Calder, 5lb 13oz, peg 22; 3 Adam Jagger, Matrix Waynes Tackle, 10 oz, peg 23.

To get on to next week's match you should book on before 7pm on Saturday, March 16.

To book ring Richard East on: 07815 092966


With strong winds, rain, sleet and snow over last weekend, the coarse fishing season ended for most anglers on a rather poor note with only one in action on the upper reaches of the River Aire.

Sport was mainly with brown trout and even though the river was running rather high, one or two good fish were landed to over the 900g mark on the lobworm fished close in to the bank or in a back wash.

During the last few weeks, grayling and chub have been difficult to find and pike have not been plentiful even though conditions did improve for them during the two-week warm spell.

The final day of the season was on Thursday, with the brown trout season opening on March 25.

Embsay Reservoir is also closed for fishing at the moment and will reopen on the same day as the river.

Whinnygill Reservoir and the canal are open for coarse fishing but Skipton AA members must have renewed their subscriptions before commencing any fishing on either water and the same rules apply at Embsay and on the River Aire.

A cutting from an April 1896 copy of the Craven Herald, covering the local angling report, said the newly opened trout season had got off to a poor start due mainly to a prolonged dry spell since the start of the year which had produced very low water levels.

On a more serious note in the cutting was the killing of fish in Eller Beck (described as one of the best becks in Yorkshire for trout fishing) by the introduction of calcium chloride.

The article said that it was hoped that the perpetrator would be soon apprehended unlike in a similar case on Silsden Beck some years before when that perpetrator only became known when he made a death bed confession as to his crime.