Many benefits from joining Wigan DAA

George Taberner with his pike
George Taberner with his pike
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If you are looking to join a club with lots of waters in the Chorley area, then look no further than the long-established Wigan & District Angling Association.

The WDAA comprises smaller fishing clubs but also welcomes individual anglers as members, with its total membership currently standing at well above 2,000.

It controls fishing on waters in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, including stretches of the Rivers Ribble, Wyre and Douglas, about 25 miles of fishing on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Johnson Hill Locks, Chorley, to Saracens Head, Halsall.

The Leigh branch look after the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wigan junction to Dover Lock, Golborne, and the Rufford Canal, up to Br 7 only.

Southport control the next seven bridges.

It also has fishing on 16 lakes, reservoirs and ponds including Heapey Reservoir’ in Chorley and Birkacre Lodges near Coppull.

More details about the club and its waters can be found via its website

Membership is open and yearly permits are available for purchase online or from your local tackle shops.

A year’s membership costs: Juniors £5, Adults £30, OAPs £14 and disabled £23. Unlike some angling associations, it does not charge an joining fee

It also has a section called SIDA (Severely Invalid Disabled Anglers), although SIDA & concessionary are the only cards not available on the bank.

For further information on SIDA, contact Terry Hodgkinson on the

Tip of the Week: The river season started on the glorious 16th and stick float fishing is a great method to try.

Start the session feeding baits like maggots, casters, hemp or bread on every run through, and as the session progresses, it can pay off to deepen the rig a bit and to slow the float down as it trots down stream edging it through the swim. This tactic can often produce extra bites.

The upper surface layers are faster flowing than the lower ones and by holding your float back against the flow, it can help finding those bigger fish at the tail of the swim where they are lurking.

Picture of the week: We haven’t had any pike pictures coming in to us of late but just take a look at this stunner.

George Taberner , 15,has been spending a lot of time on SDAA water Anglezarke Reservoir in search of his first double-figure pike.

And his patience was soon rewarded when the hunter became the hunted as he slipped the net under this stunning 11lbs 8oz lure caught pike.

Top angling and well done on such a great catch.

George’s tips for the venue are to use lures and keep as mobile as you can to cover more water so you can locate the fish. George goes into our monthly prize draw with a chance to win a T-shirt and a fishing tackle voucher for Adlington Angling Centre.

Send your fishing pictures with a write up and any of your special tips to and you could appear on this page.

Local open match results

The Cunneries, Eccleston – Monday open match (June 9 on “S” Canal): 1, Steve Hunt 166lbs 9oz; 2, Steve Cudworth 154lbs 12oz; 3, Bill Farnworth 81lbs 9oz

Wednesday open match (June 12 on “S” Canal): 1, Gary Isherwood 70lbs 13oz; 2, Richard Yates 69lbs 5oz; 3, Alan Lord 44lbs 8oz.

For more details call 07515689334

Orcheton House Farm fishery Eccleston – Wednesday open match: 1, Howard Jones 71lbs 12oz; 2, Dave Bolton 53lbs 12oz; 3, Peter Dainty 51lbs 8oz

Thursday evening open: 1, Sam Sharrock 75lbs 5oz; 2, Liam Killinger 50lbs 4oz; 3, Robin Bamford 33lbs 6oz

For more details, call 01257 453737.