Laneshaw and Churn Clough Reservoirs

Bradford City AA has a reciprocal arrangement for BCAA members to fish on two stillwaters managed by the Colne Water Angling Club (CWAC), subject to a maximum of 5 Day Tickets per day.  Fishing opens 15 March and closes 30 Sep 2019. Members are limited to four permits per season.

BCAA members receive a substantial discount on Day Tickets – a charge of £12.50 instead of the usual £20 – to fish Catch and Return at the two CWAC fisheries. Both stillwaters are stocked with rainbow trout regularly throughout the season and provide excellent fishing. They are:

  • Laneshaw Reservoir (2.5 miles west of Cowling on the A6068 from Keighley to Colne); and
  • Churn Clough Reservoir, near Clitheroe (BB7 9EJ nearest postcode).

Details of the waters themselves can be seen below or on the Colne Water AC website .

To get a Day Ticket, you can:

Anglers must pay for the day ticket before fishing. If booking via the on-line shop, a receipt – which acts as your permission to fish – will be emailed by return. This details all the rules of the fishery.
When fishing, all BCAA anglers must produce evidence of their booking plus their BCAA membership book, on request.

Laneshaw Reservoir
Located on Reedshaw Moss on the Colne to Keighley Road, high on the moor Laneshaw is surrounded by beautiful views across the Borough of Pendle. The reservoir is a peaty water of approximately 16 acres offering fishing most of the way round, with banks and dam wall offering the angler very good accessibility. A borehole of more PH-balanced water feeds in at the neck end, so that the reservoir holds an amazing variety of fly life. However – dependant on ever changing moods – the water can be either frustratingly challenging to fish or an absolute anglers’ paradise, with fish chasing every fly dropped on the water. Rainbow trout are regularly stocked throughout the season.

Churn Clough Reservoir
This reservoir is again about 16 acres in size and nestles on the slopes of Pendle Hill between Sabden and Clitheroe. As at Laneshaw, the views and wildlife surrounding the water are outstanding – when fishing, you could imagine you were in the Highlands of Scotland. The dam wall is not really fishable at Churn Clough as it drops very steeply into the water, but the other banks are flat and offer very easy access and easy casting over deep shelving drop offs. Churn Clough is the opposite of Laneshaw’s peaty nature, and has water that is gin clear. Very abundant fly life Mayfly in June and large numbers of caddis. As a result, the fish put weight on very quickly. Again there is a regular stocking program throughout the season.