28th July 2021:

For information, I have received the following from the Canal and Rivers Trust this afternoon: 

"As you are probably aware, we have a major problem with the invasive non-native species Floating pennywort on the northern section of the Rufford branch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal.

To this end, we are bringing in a contractor with 2 Truxors (amphibious vehicles) w/c 2nd August for 2 weeks to clear as much of the plant as we can, initially between bridges 10 and 11 where is it the worst.

Tomorrow, Thurs 29th Aug we will be strimming a number of approx. 10m long sections of the towpath side vegetation, checking for nesting birds and water voles, to facilitate the disposal of the plant on the bank between the water’s edge and the field edge towpath."


20th July 2021:

Pike fishing in all forms is suspended on Anglezarke till it cools down a little.
Any issues, let me know.

20th July 2021:

With immediate effect, members are asked not to fish for barbel on the Ribble, the committee will be monitoring the fishing conditions during this period of hot weather and will advise when we consider it is appropriate to restart.

5th July 2021:
Anglezarke - There is a contractor on site to drill a number of bore holes on the match length area of the reservoir. They are using the Back Lane car park for a cabin and will have a fenced off, secure area.
Can any anglers using this car park take care and leave access room for the contractors, and as always if locking the gate, lock our lock through the United Utilities lock, there is a notice on the gate asking for the same.
If there are any issues then give me a call.

Anglezarke lock

Here we go again...

When using the Anglezarke car park, fasten the lock through the other lock - otherwise we are locking United Utilities out of their own property. If this keeps happening we will lose access to the car park.

It's not that difficult to get it right.


22nd July 2021:  Association Announcement - Match Fishing

At last night's committee meeting, it was agreed that the Association matches would be stopped with immediate effect.

It was further agreed that if some members want to continue to fish matches as a social get-together, they can.

This decision has been taken against the backdrop of continuing low attendances of members (currently less than 1% of members attend matches).  The committee will revisit this situation when appropriate, to see if it is feasible to bring match fishing back as an Association activity.

On a separate but related issue, during 2021 the committee has been reviewing it's structure and how it fits the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.  We have concluded that to fully meet the obligations of running the Association, the following posts on the committee need to be recruited:

  • Trustee
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Bailiff for the River Ribble
  • 2 x committee members

If any Association member would like more information on the roles, or would like to volunteer to undertake one of the positions, please drop me an email or give me a call.

This is your Association, but can only function with a committee which is fully populated with willing people who have the future of the Association at heart.

Paul Tabron - SDAA Association Secretary.

A positive start for 2021 - the Association has today received stocks of over 800lb of roach and skimmers. Around 200lb being put into Willow lake at Woodend Farm and the rest being stocked into the Sluice.

A stock of small roach and bream have been made into Jacksmere Lane (Sunday 20 Dec). The fish were from a netting made at Twin Lakes. - Pictures are on the Facebook site

The EA have today introduced a stocking of 400 18 month old Tench into the Sluice.




We're thankful to member Howard Lloyd, for letting us share with you this picture of a lovely common carp which he caught on the Three Pools.  Although not a large fish, it's certainly a nice looking specimen, and shows that you never really know what you'll catch next on the drains!!


I am delighted to be able to report that following very positive negotiations with Wigan & District Angling Association, we have agreed that the Rufford Canal will be fishable by members of both Associations along it entire length.

Please note that any bait restrictions on each of the Associations length of the canal will still apply and matches must be booked via the appropriate match secretary of the controlling Association.

We believe that this is a very positive step for the anglers of both Associations.

For clarity I have detailed the controlling Associations length of the Rufford Canal below:

Wigan AA control between bridges 1 to 7

Southport DAA control between bridges 7 to 12, which is the swing bridge at Tarleton

Paul Tabron



What a great start to the new year for Jack Lloyd, his first double figure pike of 2016 from the drains, we are sure there will be many more to come for Jack!

 2016 first double