The next club match is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, to be fished on the canal at Crossflatts, draw 9am on canal road. To book, call Adi on 07783 332705.

With river levels being stable, trout are falling to worm baits on all sections of the River Aire.

It is hoped to have a work party at Coppice Pond on Sunday, May 12, volunteers welcome.


It has been a brilliant few weeks for members fishing our still waters, with water temperatures on the up and the fish responding.

At Knotford, carp, bream and tench have made up the majority of catches.

Reece Lisle had probably the pick of last week's returns, resulting in 12 carp including six over 20lbs and the biggest weighing in at 28lbs 10oz. David Barlow was also among the fish with his biggest weighing 24lbs 8oz.

Queen Mary's Ponds are producing great catches of tench and bream, in particular the figure of eight lake where most of the bream are being caught between 6lbs and 11lbs on maggot or pellet.

The top pond at Shelf Dam is fishing well for ide, chub, carp and skimmers on pole and maggot or worm. The bottom pond is also producing large nets of bream and roach.

Gratrix Dam continues to fish well for chub, bream and ide up to 6lbs on waggler and maggot.

The shared stretches of the Aire & Calder Canal are all throwing up big weights of roach and bream on pole and maggot or pinkie.

We have a member's match on the Rawcliffe Bridge section on April 28, with tickets still available from Simon on 01274 571175.

Of the Skipton Angling Association’s two trout waters, Embsay Reservoir is continuing to provide the best sport although its length of the River Aire is beginning to see more anglers fishing and also catching fish.


Result of our first match of the season at Swanland Lakes, Thorne: 1 M Davey 22-08; 2 R Wharfe 22-00; 3 R Creek 20-10; 4 C Davey 20-04. Our next match is at Tollerton Heron Lake on Sunday, April 21, meet at venue 8am, fishing between 9am and 3pm.


This weekend has seen the group out on two different outings. Saturday at Lindholme on Willows.

A big turn out of 24 anglers and Sunday saw us at Toms in Otley.

Saturday's match at Lindholme was a good turnout. Everyone managed to catch a few fish, some more than others. The whole complex fished hard on the day but well done all and the framers.

Results: 1 Bob Earnshaw 77lb 1oz peg 53; 2 May Potter 63lb 8oz peg 37; 3 Mick Herrington 56lb 3oz peg 50.

Sections: George Taylor 31lb 8oz peg 7; Cliff Bacon 42lb 6oz peg 22; Simon Holmes 46lb 11oz peg 23; David Newby-Thornley 45lb peg 33; Mark McLoughlin 33lb 13oz peg 44.

The famous spoon was contested by a few, Aden Fairweather pushed the winner close, but Teresa Taylor won the spoon with 8lb 9oz from peg 14.

Sunday saw another good turnout at Tom's with 15 anglers. The weather held out and everyone caught fish. Well done to everyone and the framers.

Results: 1 Stuart Waterhouse 68lb peg 14; 2 Duke Waterhouse 52lb 8oz peg 3; 3 Andy Barker 41lb 8oz peg 13; Sections - Darren Briggs 32lb 2oz peg 8; Stuart Oakes 32lb 5oz peg 9; Steven Thackwray 38lb 9oz peg 19.

Pairs was won by Waterhouse and Patrick Dunne.

Next week sees the group at matches at Moor Monkton on the Front Pool and Sunday back at Tom's at Otley.


Bookings are now being taken for the first of the canal open matches which is at Rodley on Sunday, April 28. Contact 07518721051.

As the weather improves, the fishing on the canal is expected to get better with the usual spots once again producing catches. Members can still join Leeds Amalgamation through our club, which is at a reduced cost.


The result of the match at Kippax Park on Tuesday, April 2 was: 1 A Bull 90lb 15oz, 2 A Rymer 56lb, 3 B Brown 49lb 5oz. The match on Saturday was won by S Pearson 56lb 1oz. 2 A Middleton 50lb 12oz, 3 A Rymer 46lb 14oz.

At Moor Monkton Pools the match held on Wednesday, April 3 was won by A Bull 67lb 10oz. 2 D Pollitt 57lb 13oz, 3 A Boulton 50lb 1oz. The Sunday match was won by B Fisk 64lb 13oz, 2 D Pollitt 52lb 11oz, 3 S Mazza 47lb 11oz.

Watchers have been busy on several of our waters. No excuse will be accepted by anyone caught without proper documentation. It has come to the notice of the committee that inferior duplicate keys are being used by some members. These damage the locks and no account should be used.


Weather-wise, the last week has not been too bad although a cool easterly wind has persisted and over night the temperature has been low with even a touch of frost.

There has been very little in the way of rain and the level on the river is now more or less normal for the time of year.

At Embsay Reservoir the recently-introduced rainbows are continuing to be the mainstay of the fishing followed by a few tigers and just the odd brownie.

Recent catches have been taken mainly on the fly, small lures and light spinning tackle.

Most fish are in the 1kg range with the occasional fish to maybe around the 1250g mark.

Some of the rainbows, probably last year’s stock fish that have over-wintered, are in a poor condition and need careful handling before being returned to the water to regain condition.

On the River Aire there are signs that the fishing is improving and the fish that have been caught so far are generally in a decent condition and putting up a good fight.

The worm is the best bait at the moment and has accounted for some brownies to over the 1kg mark.

Smaller trout are reasonably numerous in the pools and need careful handling when removing the hook.

On the Bradford City’s fly-only length from Inghey Bridge upstream to Gargrave there has been quite a few anglers fishing in the past few days and the fishing can be described as moderate at the moment but should improve as the temperature increases.

On both the Skipton and Bradford lengths there has been no reports so far of any outstanding fish being caught but that is not to say that there are none about.

Trout of above the 1.8kg mark have become quite numerous in the Aire over the last few years with one fish reaching just over 3kg.

With catch and return now being the norm on the river it may be possible that the deep water stretches from Snaygill downstream may be holding a 4.5kg plus specimen.