The latest from the local angling scene.


The draw for Sunday's match on the canal at Crossflatts is 9am on the bank. To book, call Adi on 07783 332705.

Coppice pond is starting to wake up now the water is getting warmer with carp being caught.


This Sunday we have the first members match of the year on the Aire and Calder Canal at Rawcliffe Bridge. Tickets are available from Simon on 01274 571175 for £15 and the draw will take place on the towpath at 9am.

Plenty of anglers were out on the banks over the bank holiday weekend, with the increase in temperatures bringing good catches.

Raskelf Lake continues to produce excellent catches of F1s, skimmers, ide and roach.

Members are reminded that a key will be required for this venue from January 2020, please see the yearbook for how to get hold of one. This will be the same key as currently in use at Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon.

Big ide and chub are still being caught from Gratrix Dam on waggler and maggot, with fish up to 6lbs.


Result of our match at Tollerton Heron Lake on Sunday: 1 J Capes 47-02; 2 R Wharfe 40-08; 3 P Holt 27-14; 4 A Simpson 27-10.

Our next match is on Redwood Lake on Sunday, May 12. Meet at venue at 8am, fishing between 9am and 3pm. Keepnets are provided.


The result of Tuesday's open match at Kippax Park was won by S Bean with 75lb 12oz. Other results: 2 T Hewson 60lb 13oz; 3 S Pearson 56lb 10oz.

The result of the Wednesday Open match at Moor Monkton pools was won by D Wright with 117lb 10oz; 2 M Dodsworth 81lb 13oz; 3 D Pollitt 79lb 7oz.

At several of the societies, still-waters fish have seen cruising just under the surface, reluctant to feed.

In the first two days of the bank holiday practically all swims at Knotford were occupied. However, on Sunday and Monday, pressure for swims was reduced.

Catch reports varied considerably with some anglers catching two or three carp at a sitting, while others caught nothing.

The best reported was a common carp of over 20lb. Tench have also been caught, but are unwanted species as far as serious carp anglers are concerned.


The draw for Sunday's open match at Rodley is at 10am by the swing bridge at the nature reserve. Entries will be taken up to just before the draw or contact 07518 721051.


After four weeks of dry, but rather chilly, weather due to a persistent easterly wind, sport experienced by anglers in the new brown trout season on the local waters had been pretty low key, with nothing out of the ordinary being reported from any water.

All that changed last weekend when the wind changed to blow from a southerly direction resulting in some record temperatures over the Easter holiday period.

Whinnygill Reservoir at Skipton certainly witnessed a remarkable improvement and the highlight of the fishing over the holiday weekend was the capture of another magnificent brown trout that easily smashed the Skipton AA’s record set only two years ago from the same water.

The new record fish was caught by Skipton member Richard Sara using float fished double red maggot on 1.5kg breaking strain line and a size 16 hook, and was landed after a hectic struggle.

Simon Chenier ran home for the scales and the fish was officially weighed in at 3,465g to easily beat the existing record fish of 3,040g caught in 2017. Even the 3,410g rainbow trout from Embsay Reservoir was beaten.

Unfortunately the fish was not measured but from photographs it is clear that it was in excellent condition and judging from its colour, it spends quite a lot of its time near the surface of the reservoir. The fish was returned to the water to fight another day.

Besides the big trout, Whinnygill seemed to come alive for the coarse fish in the water and some notable bags were recorded.

The biggest fell to Russell Heaton who landed over 7kg of roach and a few perch during a six-hour spell of fishing.

Chenier had about 2.3kg of roach, ide, perch and a single skimmer in a four-hour session with other anglers also getting amongst mainly roach and ide.

Skipton Summer League competitors will fish their first match this Sunday on the Stickups length of the canal at Barnoldswick.

The draw will be at 7am with four hours of fishing.

League entry fees will be £12 payable at only the first two matches with an on the day prize fee of £10. Half of the matches will be fished on the canal and the remainder on Raygill at Lothersdale.