The Brighouse Angling Association was founded in 1928 as a coarse angling club with the objectives of; promoting the sport of angling, the breeding of fish and providing facilities for members of the association to participate in the sport of angling.
The club is run on behalf of the members by a committee of ten members and officials that are elected annually. We are able to offer a lake, canal and river angling to our members. Day tickets and match bookings are available for our canal water and Brookfoot Lake.
Our river fisheries are on the Calder situated around Mirfield, Brighouse and Elland. and extend to aprox 6miles in total. Some sections are a little difficult to access because of limited parking and the nature of the riverbank but the effort can be worthwhile as coarse fish are in abundance in the lower reaches around Cooper Bridge, Mirfield whereas trout and grayling abound the higher reaches at Elland.
Our main fishery is Brookfoot Lake. A 3½-acre, mixed coarse fishery, it is situated on the western outskirts of Brighouse via the A6025. We have recently completed a major change to the topography of the lake bed by introducing three islands to the water. This is to reduce the depth of the lake, the aim of the project being to improve the fishery for fish breeding and enhance the local ecological environment for both wildlife and anglers.
The lake occasionally attracts some species of birds not usually found on inland waters. A few exotic wildfowl have taken up residence in the area making a welcome diversion to the many indigenous species such as kingfisher, coot, moorhen and the ubiquitous mallard. Close co-operation has been maintained between the club, local Environment Agency, contractors and with advice from Dr Bruno Broughton, Bernice Brewster and made the most of members skills, expertise and time.