Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area. Week Ending 10/1/2021

Here is all this week’s news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club. With the Coronavirus pandemic spiralling out of control and the new national lockdown announced on the 5th January it was not looking good for us anglers. Initial information provided to the Angling Trust by the cabinet office on 4th January suggested in no uncertain terms that fishing would not be allowed to continue during the third lockdown. This was a massive blow to the angling community as there is no doubt as to the benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.

Behind the scenes the Angling Trust continued to lobby parliament and present a case to the government and on 7th January there was somewhat of a U Turn and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed “fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors. This has also been confirmed by DEFRA: “The Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

The Angling Trust have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points and refer carefully to any restrictions in place these can be found by following the link on the home page of our website at

This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to fish since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although other forms of outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing can take place.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally within your Town, Village or part of the city where you live. If you have no local fishing waters available then unfortunately you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full guidance on travel can be found here
I would ask all anglers who are not currently of the Angling Trust to consider joining and give them your support. They have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of new and existing members. We would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together! 

Join the Angling Trust today

South Lagoon Wyboston
Just before the lockdown Filip Dunaj had a new PB Zander at 12lb 8oz. There have been quite a few Zander caught recently so if you live local well worth a try for them.
North House Lake
North House Lake has been frozen over on a few occasions this week – I am told it has thawed and most of the lake is now ice free however further sub-zero temperatures will result in it freezing up again. We will try and post regular updates on the condition of our waters where we can however will not always be able to confirm immediately whether a venue is frozen over or not.

Biddenham River Ouse
Gareth Evans fished Biddenham on Saturday and he reports that after the flooding the river is back to its usual gentle flow but is still quite murky he managed to catch a couple of small pike during his session.

Tight Lines until next week


Luton AC

Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area. Week Ending 3rd January 2021

Here is all this week’s club news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club.

The club is very sad to have to inform you of the death of long standing life member Dave Moss. Dave passed away on Christmas Eve following a battle with cancer he was 88 years old. Dave was heavily involved with the club’s match group for a number of years and spent many years as the club captain. The club sends its condolences to all his family and friends. Rest in Peace Dave.

It has been fairly quiet for catch reports this week due to the flooding and the wet weather which has kept a lot of people indoors however those that did venture out and managed to catch were not disappointed.

Beckerings Reservoir
An unexpected and unusual catch for this time of year by Richard Boyd this week - Following a screaming run and a good fight one of the reservoirs catfish was in his landing net weighing in at 32lb 8oz. It was caught on a 3ft Zig. The cats are usually pretty dormant during the winter and although it is possible to catch them year round it’s quite a rare occurrence during the colder months of the year and I do not recall reporting one being caught during the winter before. 

Also at Beckerings Gareth Evans had a good start to 2021 with his first fish of the year - a Pike weighing 11lb
South Lagoon
Wyboston regular Wojciech caught a superb double figure Zander weighing 10lb 12oz. 

As the floodwaters at Biddenham had receded we visited for an inspection and as expected there is a fair amount of flood damage with a large section of the boundary barbwire fencing along the river pulled out of the ground by the force of the floodwater debris against it. There is also lots of rubbish and debris washed up and left strewn along the bank by the floodwater. We will be carrying out an ad-hoc work party next Saturday 9th January to have a clear up along the banks and make repairs to the fencing. The water levels on all our river sections have returned to almost normal levels though as to be expected the water is very coloured and still pushing through. The car park is quite boggy so please assess the ground before parking to ensure you don’t get stuck.

Eaton Ford- Backwater Restoration and Development Work
The development works and backwater restoration that was due to start on 4th January has been delayed. The bailiffs and project lead Dennis hunt have been monitoring the ground conditions and water levels over the last few days and while the water levels have dropped considerably the ground is still extremely waterlogged as we had 3-4ft of water across the site at the peak of the flooding. The delayed start to the work saves any expense in the hire and transport of equipment that we won’t be able to use because of the ground being too soft.We do not want to risk causing long term damage to the banks. We will review the situation again in two weeks. Let’s hope things dry out a bit so we can crack on soon!

Please send in any of your catch reports via Facebook or via our website. You can also text reports and pictures via What’s App to 07940 229071.

Tight Lines until next week!

Luton Angling Club