The River Calder is fast becoming close to its prime of the 1970’s after years of issues with flooding and pollution. Chub, Barbel, Dace, Roach, Perch & Grayling are all prolific along all our waters from above Battyeford down to the lower lengths at the Bingley Arms, Osset, Altofts and the Mexborough Estate lengths at Castleford.
The club has an annual program of clearing paths and pegs for regular matches and pleasure anglers so the best fishing can be accessed.
Ledgard Bridge, Mirfield
Righthand bank upstream of canal mouth approx 5 pegs. Good Autumn and Winter pegs for Roach. There is parking in a lay by across from the locks for 3 vehicles.
Newgate length, Mirfield
Below the weir lefthand bank approx 4 pegs, park at side of bridge. Great early season pegs for Chub, Big Trout, Dace, Grayling etc.
Ship Inn to the Calder road Bridge Ravensthorpe
From the Ship Inn downstream to the Power Station at Calder Road, also the opposite bank up to the mouth of the Greenwood Canal. Below the weir at the Ship Inn is noted for its early season Chub catches, Grayling and Dace show in the streamier pegs early season and through the summer months. (Please show caution in this area as it is a prolific spawning area, early in the season try to fish from the banks and avoid wading if possible) Lower down the length (Calder Road) for good bags of Roach, Bream can show when the river is carrying a bit of extra water in the Autumn months.
The Scout Hut length
Access is from the bottom of Scout Hill. Left hand bank, down stream to the weir. This length used to produce big weights of Bream in the early pegs and noted for Roach in the Autumn and Winter months. Tends to get neglected by members but the fishing can be exceptional on the right days. Roadside parking at either end of the length, it is an industrial area please consider HGV movement.
Access for this section is from the cycle track opposite Christine’s Cafe, Thornhill Road for the top entry or the small car park just below Kwik Fit by the bridge in Dewsbury for the bottom entry. One of the most consistent early season and Autumn stretches contains great numbers of Dace, Roach, Chub, Barbel, Bream, Grayling. It is a shallow length of fast water ideal for stick float and ledgering for the more experienced angler. Regular match weights from this length are in excess of 20lb. The top half-dozen pegs are shared with Dewsbury Angling Club to their boundary fence above the broken weir.
Sands Lane, Dewsbury
This section is immediately below Saville Road Bridge, downstream to the sewage works left hand bank. A little deeper in the lower pegs than Calder Bank Road good for early season late Autumn fishing. Some big Chub on this length and lots of Dace. There is a gate for the lower pegs onto Kirklees council playing fields.
Both banks upstream of the road bridge approx 800 yards to the power lines, DEFINITELY NO FISHING PAST POWER LINES!! This private land, with a protective landlord. All season for Dace, Grayling, Chub, Roach etc. Access for left bank up stream is via the lane from opposite the Bingley Arms along side the canal parking is through the gate on the right . Cars must not be taken onto the flood bank.
Healey Mills, Healey Lane , Ossett
Park in the car park provided. Entrance to this section is over the footbridge, upstream to the old water bowser. Downstream, through the bridges to the bottom railway bridge. Another shallow Spring and Summer water with similar stocks as Calder Bank and Sands Lane. A length used by pleasure anglers and specimen hunters, a little known gem.