Aire & Calder Canal (Shared)
Bradford City AA is a member of the Boothferry Aire and Calder Canal Joint Angling Association, which has Fishing on various stretches of the canal between Goole and Great Heck – about 9 miles of fishing in total. All lengths are open for fishing all year round.
The fishery is split into several stretches:
On the north side (see maps):
- Great Heck to Pollington (lengths of fishing)
- Crowcroft Bridge to Southfield
- Southfield to Sugar Mill
On the south side (see maps):
- Heck Rail Bridge to New Junction Canal
- New Junction Canal to Beevers Bridge
- Beevers Bridge to New Bridge
- Rawcliffe Bridge to Goole Railway Bridge
Access and Parking (see maps):
Park in the Fisherman’s Car Park at the side of Heck Bridge and access the fishing at that point.
Great Heck Rail Bridge
Access to the north bank of the canal can be made via an unsurfaced lane off Heck and Pollington Lane. From Heck Bridge (above), travel north along Heck Lane and then follow the road right into Main Street. At the T-junction, turn right onto Heck and Pollington Lane. After about 30 yards, the lane leading to the canal is on the right.
Park on the canal bank at the end of the lane between the bungalow and the rail bridge, with fishing both upstream and downstream from the car park area. NO CARS ARE TO BE TAKEN UNDER THE RAIL BRIDGE.
No access to the upstream limit of the fishing on the south side of the canal at this point.
Access to fishing on both sides of the canal (upstream only from the north bank, and downstream only on the south bank) can be made from Pollington bridge and its approach roads.
Parking is very limited but can be had on the grass verge at the southern side of the bridge. Anglers should take great care and park carefully, with due consideration for other road users.
Access to both sides of the canal (downstream only on the north bank, both directions on south bank) can be made from Crowcroft Bridge.
Alternatively, on the north side, approach the Bridge from the north via Crowcroft Lane. Turn left down Balne Croft Lane just before the Bridge. Follow this lane and park at the end, where allowed and not blocking access. Access the canal bank from this point (the site of the old Number 4 bridge).
For the south side, approach the Bridge from the north via Crowcroft Lane. Cross over the bridge and immediately turn left onto an unnamed road. Follow this road alongside the canal until it turns sharp right, away from the canal. Park at the roadside, and access the canal at this point (the site of the old Number 4 bridge).
Parking – for the north bank, at the end of Balne Croft Lane, as above.
On the south side, park in pull-ins at the side of the road or where the unnamed road (see above) turns away from the canal.
Access – no possible access to the canal upstream of Southfield Reservoir except via Crowcroft Bridge (see above) and along the bank.
To access the canal downstream of Southfield Reservoir, see the entry for Beevers Bridge, below.
New Junction Canal
Access – no possible access to the canal upstream of New Junction except via Crowcroft Bridge (see above) and along the bank.
To access the canal downstream of New Junction, see the entry for Beevers Bridge, below.
Access to the fishery (upstream and downstream on the north side, and upstream on the south side) can be made from Beevers Bridge.
Parking – for both north and south banks, use the track to the north of the road bridge, and park either in the pull-in at the side of the road or on the canal bank upstream of the bridge.
Access to the fishery (upstream and downstream on the north side, and upstream only on the south side) can be made from New Bridge. NO FISHING UNDER OR NEAR THE POWERLINES.
On the north side, access to the downstream length can be made via a hole in the fence at the end of the old road concrete parking area at the north end of the bridge. For the upstream length, use the track opposite to the entrance of the old road parking area to access the bank.
On the south side, use the track off the main road to access the fishery.
Parking – use the old road parking area on the north side of the bridge.
Access – vehicle access to the north bank of the canal is via the small lane signposted “Sugar Mill Ponds” off Bridge Lane, about 700m north-west of Rawcliffe Bridge. PLEASE NOTE: This access is sometimes restricted by a gate, fitted to stop illegal night fishing and vandalism. The gate will be unlocked at 7 am and locked at 9 pm. A contact number is provided on the gate for use in emergencies. Please respect and use this access sensibly.
Parking – park at the end of the lane off Bridge Lane (see above), after the two Sugar Mill ponds.
Access to the fishery on the south side of the canal is via the lane on the right hand side of the old Black Horse public house, in between the canal and the river. PLEASE AVOID FISHING NEXT TO ANY MOORED BOATS.
Parking is available on the patch of land across the road from the public house.
Goole Railway Bridge
Access to the fishery on the north bank at Goole Railway Bridge is via Goole (see below).
There is no access to the fishing on the south side of the river at Goole Railway Bridge, except by walking down the canal from Rawcliffe.
Parking can be had at the end of the road. Keep all exits clear.
Access – take the turning off Bridge Street in Goole onto Dutch Riverside. Follow the road past the Marina and follow the track onto the canal.
Parking– Park at the end of the road, by the railway bridge, keeping any exits clear.
- Bream and skimmers
To a lesser extent