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Along with everyone else this has been, to say the least a strange start to our season. We started by completely overhauling our website at the end of May. This now enables people to obtain membership online for all categories. This was later extended to Day tickets for those waters where we have them. So successful was this move that the vast majority of new and renewed memberships were bought online. We are selling books as usual through fishing shops and venues and they are continuing to supply their customers. We had an upsurge of new members, due to the furlough scheme I suspect and numbers seen out on the bank enjoying some good sport have been encouraging.

Thankfully the season started well with many good catches and this seems to be continuing still, with a number of excellent specimens coming from Silverlake and Astwell.

Our improvements to Astwell Mill have continued apace, with the re-opening of the far bank via a “bridge” and a new pathway (the old one slipped perilously close to the water!) We have also created a new parking area, this is currently roped off to allow the ground to settle and the new grass to bind the surface together avoiding it becoming boggy in wet weather. There are temporary parking places and we have not yet experienced any day to day problems.

Our other major project has unfortunately been delayed by bureaucracy, we have purchased a good number of Tench for Astwell and the same number of Carp for Silverlake, however, as this is the first time we have done this since new regulations came in to force we discovered difficulties over the registration of the venues. Having sorted this, there appears to be nobody working at the Environment Agency, which makes getting a fish transfer licence more than difficult. We hope to have this sorted imminently.

On a sadder note we are hearing reports of fish disease in a few locations locally, we would strongly advise members to ensure that their tackle, especially nets are scrupulously clean before putting anything into club waters.

Enjoy your fishing! Wet nets.



Please see the details below of the guidance for the resumption of fishing on T&DAA waters.

All Towcester & DAA waters are now open for fishing.

Great news. This gets us back on the bank.

However there are some temporary extra rules due to the corona virus regulations, put together following advice from the Angling Trust, and in light of discussions with out landlords.

Water by water.

Silver Lake: open, and as usual, NO night fishing.


T & DAA Canal: open as usual but, for the moment, NO night fishing.


Astwell Mill & the River Tove: open as usual, NO night fishing.


ALSO, on all our waters:


1) Social Distancing to be maintained: anglers MUST keep themselves AND KIT including any bivvies at least 2 metres from passers by  –  and themselves 15 metres from each other.

This can be particularly difficult on the canal, and if you cannot keep 2 metres away from passers by, you should not fish that spot.

2) No sharing tackle (including landing nets).

3) Only 1 angler per peg. Two if, say, parent/carer and child under 17 from the same household – to enable ‘dad & lad’ type sessions. 

4) Keep nets now allowed, matches resumed, see matches page.

5) Day ticket fishing: allowed (subject to review and the conditions above).

Anglers should preferably book online, or provide the correct money or take their kit away with them while they fetch it.

All anglers are asked to co-operate with the bailiffs and treat them with respect. They are doing a tough job. Anyone not doing so, or breaking any of the rules above, will be liable to a ban (no appeal).

On-bank ticket inspection/sales: bailiffs require 'sight' of season tickets. Please place your ticket (or correct money if buying a day ticket) in landing net and pass to bailiff while keeping yourself at least 2 metres from them.

Thanks for your ongoing co-operation. T&DAA Committee

The 2020/21 Towcester & District AA membership books are now on sale – and there are NO price increases on last year.

Previous News Items



12 year old Jamie Houghton with his first ever Astwell Tench and @ 5lb 4oz was an absolute beauty. He raked the swim on the bottom lake himself on Saturday afternoon (under the watchful eye of his father Neil), pre-baited and then caught on Sunday morning on sweetcorn, along with a net of Rudd, Roach & Perch.

We have had a busy year working on the club’s waters and putting together plans to improve the future.

Our £4,000 grant won from the Environment Agency for improving Astwell Mill is already being put to good use and has, so far, paid for work to help control excessive weed growth. That includes a new silt filtration pond which helps remove incoming silt from water flowing in off the land behind the far bank wood, and also for various chemical treatments including Siltex – to help reduce accumulated organic silt – and to help limit future growth.

Both are beginning to prove successful, though our efforts were nearly overcome late last summer’s  record temperatures. It was quite a challenge but we are confident we can deal with it this year even if we get another heatwave.


Work is due to continue on improving the ‘field bank’ and access to it, a new bridge has been built and a new footpath added. While volunteers have again been improving and increasing the number of  the platforms on both lakes during the close season, and a new GATE has just been fitted to the bottom lake – doing away with the need to climb over that awful style as was the case in previous years!

Bankside vegetation trimming has again been part of the close season at Astwell and a major effort has been made – in partnership with the land owner – at Silverlake where a great deal of self-set shrubbery has been removed to try and lessen ‘predation’ by human and non human means!

Various platforms have been improved/replaced and in some cases, earthworks have allowed installation of steps down the bank to them – all carried out by volunteers working with the farmer.

We are also due a meeting with EA fishery scientists to look for ways to improve spawning opportunities for the fish at Silverlake, the ambition being to make a good fishery even better!

On the downside we have lost the, largely under-used, Seven Acres pond near Paulerspury because the owner has died and the site is being sold.

Back on the upside the members’ offer of £3 weekday discounted tickets at Lakeside continues.

And we are working closely with the Canal River Trust and other local clubs on the Trust’s ‘Lets Fish’ programme of organised coaching sessions to try and increase the number of newcomers of all ages (but especially juniors) coming into the club. We need such newcomers to help ensure a healthy future for both the sport and the club and thank CRT for their co-ordinated campaign.

Many thanks to all who joined last year and we look forward to seeing you on the club’s banks again in the year to come.

Enjoy your fishing.