WE’VE seen some sunshine this week but also cold northerly winds and heavy rain. However, the wind has now swung into the south-west quadrant and the forecast for the weekend is warmer with slight breezes. Rivers are at good levels, though the Aire is still low.

Anglers have been on the banks now that spring has arrived in earnest. At Oakworth Ponds, bailiff Michael Whiteoak reports plenty of anglers seeing hard-fighting carp to 8lb, as well as roach coming to nets. At Shipton, Tony Stockdale had some nice tench to about 6lb on a chilly day and another on a short evening session. Our Staveley Lakes fishery is also producing good-looking fish for anglers such as Josh Henderson, while Carl White had a mega-session of 19 carp across the weekend.

On the game-fishing front, the water is still cold but fish are coming to nets as well. At Burley on the Wharfe, Will Gill had a nice brown trout, while on the Ribble, Nick Cowburn reported some nice trout and out-of-season grayling.

We currently have a litter problem at Oakworth, with a small minority of anglers spoiling it for everyone else, leaving litter in pegs and throwing it over the fence. If any angler sees this type of behaviour, please report it to any committee member for appropriate action.

This week is the last for bookings for the Wild Trout Trust annual get-together at Gargrave on the weekend of May 19-20, contact Christina Bryant (02392-570985). We are holding an open day on Saturday, June 2, at Broughton on the River Aire (10am). Demonstrations start at 10.30am, and there will be river-fly invertebrate sampling, bug-hunting, river and conservation walks, try-a-fly and casting tuition, plus a barbecue and refreshments, with all anglers welcome. More details can be had from Phil Bailey (07811 286652).

We also plan a work party on the Swale at Topcliffe on Sunday, June 10 to repair stiles, pick up winter-flood litter, create new pegs and improve access in readiness for the start of the river coarse-fishing season. If you can help, please contact Jim Munden (07940-814431).

Our next match is the JD Illingworth Rosebowl at Staveley Lakes on Saturday, May 12. Contact John Stark (07793 558227) if you wish to enter or have any queries. River Worth Friends are having a stakeholder event on Friday, May 11, at Central Hall, Keighley (7pm-9pm). This will provide opportunities to meet, discuss, and network about River Worth partnerships, recreation, well-being, community involvement, education, arts and culture, flood alleviation and habitat improvement. Further details from Phil Sheridan on


Gargrave Village Hall is the venue for the Wild Trout Trust's annual gathering over the weekend of May 19-20, and there will be nine talks, a river walk and the opportunity to do a spot of fishing the following day. Anyone interested in all things trout, including Trust non members, are invited to attend at £10 per person, which includes morning coffee and biscuits, lunch and afternoon tea or coffee with cake. Bookings must be made via Christina at the WTT Head Office, e-mail office@ by phone 02392 570985 or by post at PO Box 120, Waterlooville, PO8 0WZ as soon as possible. A booking form and a full description of the programme may be found at

Early arrivals can meet for a pint at Jonny Grey's local, the Hare & Hounds at Lothersdale on the Friday evening, to get proceedings under way.

On Sunday at Skipton AA's Embsay Reservoir is the planting of flag iris in the wildlife area from 10am onwards.


The topsy-turvy weather has produced unpredictable results. Result of April 21 match at Kippax Park: 1 S Holmes 129lb 40z, 2 S Raper 96lb 13oz, 3 T Hewson 90lb 7oz. Result of the Tuesday match: 1 N Rymer 88lb 4oz, 2 S Pierson 79lb, 3 P Carter 71lb 4oz. Result of April 22 match at Moor Monkton Pools: 1 S Mazza 89lb 14oz, 2 L Myers 85lb 2oz, 3 D Pollitt 84lb 4oz. Result of Wednesday match: 1 G Watson 103lb 70z, 2 J Thackrey 60lb 4oz, 3 G Wright 57lb 14oz. The working party held last week at Moor Monkton Pools was well attended, so thanks to everyone who attended and previous working parties as they do vital work to make fishing easier for all. The membership office will be closed on Bank holiday Monday.


A 3lb 6oz trout has been expertly landed from the River Aire. The same angler has found an item of tackle on the bank, which can be claimed by contacting the club secretary. Cold weather kept the fish down in last week's open match at Rodley, and only four weighed in. Result: 1 M Paton 2lb 9oz (including tench), 2 B Mason 1lb 7oz, 3 J Storey 1lb 4½oz, 4 E Harrison 6½oz. Draw for Sunday's open canal match is at 10am on the upstream nature reserve length at Rodley. Contact 07518-721051 for further information.


After a poor showing in the last match, fishing on the canal has picked up, with bream being caught between the Three and Five Rose Locks and good nets of small fish from the boatyard at Crossflatts, Trout have also fallen to worm on the River Aire. The Friends of Bradford's Becks are having a litter pick tomorrow (10am-noon), meet at the junction of Valley Road and Poplar Road by the Nisa shop. All helpers welcome.


Our next match is at Redwood Lakes' Arc Lake on Sunday, meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am-3pm, keep-nets provided.