RIVERS & CANALS

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH NORTH -

LEEDS & LIVER­POOL CANAL, HALSALL, LANCS

The Sara­cens Head stretch is def­i­nitely the place to go if you want plenty of bites, mak­ing it an ideal fam­ily Bank Hol­i­day choice. Eels, big skim­mers and the odd qual­ity perch are the quarry here, and these are fall­ing to both mag­got and worm fished on the pole. Con­tact: Burscough An­gling, 01704 896252 Prices: £5 on the bank, Liver­pool DAA

RIVER AIRE, BEAL, N YORKS

The Brad­ford Wood Holmes stretch at Beal is the hotspot at the mo­ment. Here an­glers have been regularly catch­ing dou­ble-fig­ure bags of bream on ground­bait feeder tac­tics. Con­tact: 01706 526356, Brad­ford No.1 AA Prices: £48 a year, Brad­ford No.1 AA

RIVER BOLLIN, DUN­HAM MASSEY, CHESHIRE

Those stalk­ing the chub stocks of this small river are tak­ing some qual­ity fish, with as many as 10 fish to 4lb-plus in a ses­sion. Con­tact: Dun­ham Massey AC, 07884 063 950 Prices: £40 a year, Dun­ham Massey AC

RIVER RIB­BLE, EL­STON, LANCS

The Rib­ble is pro­duc­ing plenty of barbel, with fish to 10lb-plus along with plenty of smaller spec­i­mens, par­tic­u­larly at El­ston. Most of the fish are be­ing caught on meat or pel­lets. Con­tact: Ted Carter Pre­ston, 01772 253476 Prices: £30 a year, Wi­gan DAA

RIVER TRENT, LAUGHTERTON, N LINCS

Match an­glers fish­ing large pel­lets are catch­ing plenty of barbel to 9lb-plus. A ground­bait feeder is tak­ing the odd barbel too, but more bream and hy­brids as well. Con­tact: Lin­coln DAA, 01777 228133 Prices: £4 a day on the bank, Lin­coln & Dis­trict AA

SANKEY CANAL, NEW­TON-LE-WIL­LOWS, MERSEY­SIDE

An­glers have re­ported some good nets of tench and bream from the Up­per Pound. Most of the best bags have fallen to pole and caster tac­tics. Con­tact: New­ton-le-Wil­lows AA, 01925 229074 Prices: £6 on the bank or £4 from Londis shop, Bradleigh Rd, New­ton-le-Wil­lows AC

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