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Welcome to the website for Shefford & District Angling Association Ltd.


SDAA controls the fishing rights on several excellent lakes and premier stretches of the rivers Great Ouse, Ivel and its tributaries in and around Bedfordshire, all available on a single club ticket.  The wide choice of venues and species available cater for both pleasure anglers and specimen hunters


In recent seasons, SDAA’s fisheries have produced an enviable list of specimen fish (catfish over 60lb, carp over 30lb, pike over 25lb, barbel over 14lb, zander, bream and tench over 10lb , chub over 7lb, perch over 4lb and roach over 3lb).


Please explore our website to find details of all our waters, membership and other useful information.  The popular ‘News from the Bank’ section gives up to date information on catches and club news.  For a quick overview of SDAA waters and membership have a look at our current flyer (click here to open).


Membership of SDAA is open to all:

  •  annual membership is available from early May and is valid until 15th June the following year (i.e. up to 58 weeks fishing).

  •  there is no additional joining fee for new members

  • membership also entitles you to fish Ivel Protection Association waters.

  • optional night permits are available for those wishing to night fish The Airman, Broom Lake and Willington Lake.


If you require further information please contact Richard Bell (tel. 07594 253239 or click here to e-mail).

SDAA Membership 2019/20
Current 2018/19 membership books will not be valid beyond 15th June 2019.  Anglers wishing to join or renew their SDAA membership for the 2019/20 season can do so by visiting any of these tackle shops: Andy’s Angling Centre (Shefford), AB Country Sports (Bedford), Arcade Fishing Tackle (Bedford), JL Fishing Tackle Ltd (Stevenage), North Herts Angling Centre (Baldock), Oakwood Angling (Welwyn Garden City), Ouse Valley Specialist Angling (St Neots), Shaden Fishing Tackle (Luton), The Tackle Shed (Barton Le Clay), Tiny’s Tackle (Stevenage).  Alternatively SDAA membership can be obtained by postal application to the Registrar (see website for details).
Please note Arcade Fishing Tackle have recently reopened following repairs to a roof leak (open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday from 9.00am-5.30pm) whilst Shaden Fishing Tackle is now open Tuesday-Saturday 8.00am-5.00pm.
Night Permits (required to night fish The Airman, Broom Lake and Willington Lake) and free Associate Junior membership are only available by postal application to the Registrar.  Most postal applications will be processed within a few days, but may take up to 10 working days.  Therefore, please apply well ahead of your first planned fishing trip to avoid disappointment. 

With immediate effect there will be no access to the allotment bank at Little Paxton for SDAA members during the close season.  It is clear that someone has recently sprayed weedkiller along the river side path and around the swims, and more recently a row of paving slabs were laid along part of this path.  In addition, someone with access to a club key has deliberately left the chain on the main allotment gate so that the allotment holders locks were by-passed and they could not get in or out on several occasions.  Therefore, the club lock has been removed and SDAA members will not be able to access the allotment bank until just before 16th June.
All work on maintaining fisheries has to be sanctioned by the committee.  The use of weedkiller near a river is strictly controlled and needs prior approval by both the Environment Agency and landowner.  Spraying the actual swims is inexcusable as the vegetation helps to prevent the bank from erosion.  If the person who sprayed the path wanted to help the club, then they should have contacted a member of the committee.  The Fishery Warden for Little Paxton visited on Sunday to carry out some strimming of the path and swims ahead of the new season. 

Broom Lake Track now open 5th May 2018 


The SDAA website is kindly sponsored by Andy’s Angling, 19 High Street, Shefford SG17 5DD (click here to open a map to Andy’s)

                                   (click here to open Andy’s website)


Broom Track status OPEN

Airman Pit

Willington Lake