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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).

Broom/Alcove Gate 

Over the last month there have been several reports of the gate at the entrance to the Alcove/Broom Lake complex being left either unlocked or locked in such a way that one of the locks was bypassed.  The lock with the black top attached to the gate post  is the SDAA lock and can only be operated by an A10 key.  The lock with the blue base is the Alcove syndicate’s lock and only their key will work this lock.  The arrangements have been modified over recent weeks to try and make it easier for anglers to access the locks when opening and closing the gate from either side.  The arrangement that seemed to be working well was having a large metal ring that both locks could be connected to.  At some point between 11am and 1pm on Sunday this ring disappeared.  The ring could only be taken if both locks had been open at the same time.  Later that afternoon (around 5pm) an Alcove syndicate member was taken ill and needed to get to A&E as quickly as possible.  However, someone with an A10 key had attached the SDAA lock through the wrong side of the Alcove lock rendering the Alcove syndicate lock unusable (see photo).  You will note that the SDAA lock and chain is between the post and gate, so the gate was not closed properly before interlinking the locks.  This resulted in the person’s trip to A&E being delayed by over vital 20 minutes.  This incident could have resulted in a tragedy.  If someone maliciously bypassed the locks on Sunday, then please think about what the consequences of your action may have been and please find another club to join.  If someone accidently bypassed the locks, then please think very carefully when you next lock this gate and double check that both locks can safely unlock the gate. 

All gates must be securely locked after entering or exiting a fishery. Special care must be taken where multiple locks are in operation to ensure none of the locks are by-passed or locked in such a way that renders any of the padlocks unusable.  A new metal ring has been placed between the SDAA and Alcove locks.  Anyone found to be deliberately not closing the gates in an appropriate manner will face disciplinary action. 



Jordans Car Park Barrier
Members should note that a new vehicle barrier has been erected across the parking are at the Jordans  end of Broom River by contractors working on behalf of Tarmac.  The club’s A10 key will open the lock that is shrouded by the lock box at the river end of the barrier.  You will need to crouch down at the end of the barrier to access the lock box, which is designed to stop the lock being removed by bolt croppers.  The smaller lock that is visible on the top of the barrier is simply there to stop people walking away with the main lock and chain.  It is not the easiest lock to access, but please ensure the barrier is left closed and locked to avoid unwanted visitors. 

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. 


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)

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Broom Track status OPEN

Airman Pit

Willington Lake