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Still Waters

Open all year round.

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Chellow Dene Reservoir, Allerton, Bradford (BD9 6AX)

Our fishery at Chellow Dene (Allerton) is the top one of two old supply reservoirs to the Bradford area. It can be accessed from several points, but to the car driver it is best accessed from Chellow Lane. Park at the lane top near to the park entrance, but not blocking any access. You can walk round either side of the first lake and then up the dam wall to the top lake. The lakes banks are walled in to the water. The lake follows the steep contours of the valley right up to the inlet stream. It gradually deepens down to the dam wall with a depth of 20+ feet. The main species are roach, bream, carp, perch, tench, chub, orfe, bullhead and pike.

Day tickets: Adults 5; Juniors 1 from Tackle2U, Manchester Road or Eccleshill Angling Supplies.


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Gratrix Dam, Gratrix Lane, Sowerby Bridge (HX6 2DH)

Gratrix Dam is only small in size and contains about 9 pegs for anglers. It is relatively deep for a small dam with the depth going down to 14 feet at the dam wall end. There is only one access point through a gate on Gratrix Lane. The bottom of the lane leads to the A58 (Bolton Brow) above Sowerby Bridge. The main species are chub, roach, perch, ide, carp, bream and rudd.

This is a private water with only members allowed on the banks.


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Harold Park Lake, Low Moor, Bradford (BD12 0DL)

This fishery is an old Victorian boating lake within the ground of Harold Park itself. The park is in the Low Moor area of Bradford (between Odsal and Wyke). It is a large lake, square in shape with a path that runs all the way around the edge. The lake banks are walled in to the water and bottom is all stone lined and uniform. The edge of the lake is around 3 feet, but this descends to nearer 20 feet in the middle. There is also an island for the wildlife and no fishing is allowed from it. The main species are roach, perch, bream, carp, f1 carp and pike.

No fishing is allowed before the official opening or after the official closing time, i.e. sunrise/sunset. No fishing from the island. Day tickets: Adults 5; Juniors 1 from Tackle2U, Manchester Road or Eccleshill Angling Supplies.


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Kirklees Lagoon, Brighouse, J25-M62 (HD6 4HA)

This fishery sits on the banks of the river Calder next to Junction 25 of the M62. Parking is in the lay-by's down from the junction roundabout towards Huddersfield. There is a medium walk across the field and through the trees to reach the lake. The depth of the lake starts at about 6 feet at the motorway end and deepens off to around 14 feet at the opposite end. This is a popular fishery with a wide variety of fish to be caught. The main species are tench, perch, carp, rudd, bream, roach and pike.


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Knotford Lagoon, Nr. Poole, Otley (LS21 1EA)

This large lake is situated next to the A659 Otley to Pool road. Access to the lake is off the Old Pool Road which runs around the north and east sides of the lake. Fishing is comfortable from flat banks and an access road runs up the south side of the lake with parking at the waters edge (Please close the gate). A key is required for access to the lake, please see the yearbook. The main species are carp, tench, bream, roach, perch, pike and the odd eel.

This is a private water with only members allowed on the banks.


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Raskelf Lake, Nr. Helperby (YO61 3LR)

This popular fishery is situated near Boroughbridge between the villages of Helperby/Bafferton and Raskelf. It is on the Easingwold Road next to the East Coast railway line. Access is through the gate and parking is to either left or right. The lake is medium size with 50 permanent platforms for anglers. The water depth varies between 2 feet to 8 feet. There are also feature weed beds and many over hanging trees around the lake. It is a popular fishery and big catches are regularly caught. Main species are chub, bream, carp, eel, perch, roach, ide, tench, rudd, f1 carp and crucian carp.

This is a private water with only members allowed on the banks.

WARNING! Due to power lines at the railway end of the lake only rods up to a length of 4 metres are allowed at this end.



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Queen Mary’s Ponds (Permit only water), Ripon Parks, Ripon (HG4 3HS)

These two ponds are situated in Ripon Parks, behind the golf links 3 miles north of Ripon. Turn right off Masham Road at Golf Club House and proceed 2 miles to the ponds. The lakes on the Ripon site and both are picturesque with reed beds, surrounding woodland and lots of wildlife. The first water is called the 'Figure of 8' because of its shape. Starting at the western end near to the lay-by for parking, the water is fairly shallow at about 3 to 4 feet, then halfway across this end it drops steep to about 10+ feet. It shallows to about 6 feet where it passes through a narrow gap in to the other half to the lake. The lake bottom here averages 8 to 10 feet. The lake bottom is generally very uneven. The second lake is called the 'Big Lake' and is just to the North of the figure of 8. This lakes shape is more irregular with several large bays and also an island. Depths again are very irregular with some areas shallow at 3 feet and other areas going to over 10 feet. Both lakes contain roach, perch, bream, tench, carp, eel, gudgeon and pike.

This area in and around Ripon Ponds is an English Nature SSSI site and care must be taken at this fishery.

This is a strictly private water with only members with permits allowed on the banks.


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Shelf Dam, Cock Hill Lane, Shelf, Nr. Bradford (HX3 7LP)

Shelf Dam is in fact two dams. The first dam is an old mill dam with room for about 13 anglers. It is a deep lake for its size and the bottom of the lake angles down to a depth of about 20 feet in the middle. The dam wall and opposite platforms ends start shallow in the edges at about 3 feet, but deepen off quickly. The other two sides of the dam drops off to 10 at the edge, so care is needed. It is a quite setting in its own private grounds. Access is through the sign posted gate on Cock Hill Lane, which is roughly about 1/2 mile North of the Shelf Roundabout. The smaller pond is hidden up the banking at the far end of the site. This has room for about 7 rods and is mostly covered with lilies with an even depth of about 5-6 feet. Both waters contain roach, perch, ide, bream, carp, tench, chub, pike and the odd eel.

This is a private water with only members allowed on the banks.


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Willow Hall Dam, Willow Hall Lane, Sowerby Bridge (HX6 2SR)

This Sowerby Bridge water is just up the valley from Gratrix Dam and is a small size dam with room for about 18 anglers. Access to the dam is sign-posted in a small gap between the terraced houses on Dam Head Road. This leads to a lane and parking which runs along one side of the dam. It is in a steep wooded valley which and this reflects the steepness of the dams sides. The depth drops away steeply to nearly 20 feet all the way around. Maximum depth at the center of the lake towards the dam end is approximately 25+ feet! Fishing is allowed all around the lake except the South-Western corner where the water outflow is located (observe the limit boards). Species include roach, perch, ide, f1 carp, rudd, bream, chub, tench, pike and possibly 2 catfish!



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