established 1908




We are a northwest open angling club with no joining fees or waiting lists. We endeavour
to keeping angling opportunities for local people as cheap and as accessible as possible.
We offer quality fishing for most species, whether pleasure, match or specimen. We host regular
fixtures for the match angler, including opens, member and club based formats. Our wildlife officer is often around our waters advising on possible improvements to attract wildlife onto
our waters to make your angling experience richer. Some waters are closed during the old
closed season (april to june) to those who have not earned or paid for the stamp. We would
prefer members to turn up at our various work parties and earn their stamp rather than pay,
and most abilities are catered for on these. Pensioners, disabled and juveniles are exempt
from the stamp and can fish regardless. There is no publicity ban, but we do ask that you are
respectful of other anglers fishing these venues when publicising your catches. Annually we
try to hold a junior event on one of our pools where juveniles can experience angling to try to
encourage them into the sport, and very often they come away with a free permit and tackle.
Our bailiffs work tirelessly on our waters and various work projects, so please be respectful
of them but do feel free to ask any questions you have. Other interested parties sometimes
use our venues for other activities, and we allow certain areas to be used for things like overflow parking, beehives, and a dipping pond for local schools, so please also be respectful of this and our waters surroundings. Night fishing is also by special permit, and some of our waters require a booking on procedure to control numbers etc, so you will need to make yourself adept at using our online booking system via your smartphone. As conditions dictate, our water management team reserve the right to close any venue at short notice to avert fish losses or in response to any issues arising. We hope you understand this and enjoy your fishing.


100 years of WDAA
From 1898 to 1998
Learn about the associations history from its
original minutes and archive material.

Part 5 1939-1959
Part 6 1960-1962
Part 7 1963-1966
Part 8 1967-1970
Part 9 1971-1974
Part 10 1975-1979
Part 11 1980-1990
Part 12 1991-1998



Sometime in the past.........
Rookery pool
Bottom Flash in the 90s

by Graham Bayliss
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

RSPB visit 2013 UPDATED

anglling trust




All anglers fishing the association pools and rivers, have the right ,whenever questioned by a bailiff of the association,
to request that the bailiff also is able to show his/her card. If any members are asked to leave the water for whatever reason by a bailiff and he/she fails to
produce a valid bailiff card please contact a member of the fishery management team or comittee.