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Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire
Our guide to places to fish in Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire including details of venues, and contact details.
Alders Farm, nr. Milton Keynes
This fishery is in spectacular form with some huge catches of carp and mixed bags being caught. Pellet and paste is the method to fish but the secret here is to fish two swims, one close in and one further out, and rotate between the two to keep fish coming. The Silver Lake is also fishing red hot and its best to mix your baits here to catch the various species that abound in the lake. Tel: 01525 261713.
Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes
This stretch of canal is fishing reasonably well all through with small fish abundant on feature pegs with maggot, pinkie and squatts taking roach, perch, gudgeon and skimmers. For larger bream pellet is the bait with several good catches reported.. Tel: Ian on 07974 827 098.
Milton Keynes AA Club Waters
Willen Lake produces some bream to medium range feeder tactics with maggot as bait. Furzton is in good bream form with fish around 4lb common. For roach sport, try Teardrops which is in reasonable form and there are also some skimmers up to around 2lb to catch too. The River Ouse is well worth a try for anglers looking for chub with the river around Wolverton producing fish to over 4lb and perch to over 2lb on legered or rolled worms. Tel: Ian on 07974 827 098.
Great Ouse, Olney
The river has a reputation for fishing hard, but the odd big fish still shows in the shape of chub and barbel with luncheon meat being the best bait. If you fancy something different the area around the sluice is solid with bleak and there are literally thousands there if you want some hectic small fish action. Tel: Dave 01234 240 061.
East Delph Lakes, Whittlesey
The small lake often produces bumper weights, paste down the margins and at 11metres over a bed of sweetcorn is producing the weights, although those fishing the straight lead to the Islands are also being rewarded especially using hair rigged meat. Phone Colin 01775 766042.
River Nene, Peterborough
The swims either side of the stone bridge at Milton fish well for tench, bream and large eels – 2-3lb specimens are not uncommon.. Don’t fish too light here as there’s plenty of weed and these fish pull hard. Hot pegs are 330 and 332 at the bottom of the first straight. The Railworld stretch often produces 5-10lb bags of roach to groundbait and pinkie, although when the river is flowing double figure bags of roach will be the target from either side of Orton Staunch to hemp and tares. Tel: Ken Wade on 01733 565159.
River Cam, Cambridge
Cambridge Albion’s stretch opposite the No Hurry Inn at Upware is the most consistent area on a low and clear river as fish of all sizes pack into their winter quarters. Rudd to 1lb plus have featured, and an estimated 8-9lb tench was lost at the net. Further downstream bream are being caught from the sheep meadow and behind the farm at Dimmock’s Cote, but there are few small fish to back them up. In Cambridge itself bream are being caught over the railings at the bottom of Abbey Road, and large shoals of wily chub to 4lb+ can be seen cruising the boats opposite Logan’s Way. Tel.: Sam Harris on 01223 300791.
Bedfont Lake, Feltham
Skimmers are showing well on the pole or feeder line on the pegs around the car park with corn or red maggot baits best. Tench have been feeding well from most pegs in the margins with fish in the 3-5lb range common. Carp anglers have done well here, with most taking 5-10 fish per sitting in the 8-15lb range bigger carp frequent this lake but do not show as frequently, classic spodded carp mix with popped up boilie doing the most damage. Telephone No. 01753 630302.
Farlows Lake, Iver
The Match Lake is fishing well with regular bream bags between 50-80lb being taken regularly on midweek open matches. Fishmeal based groundbait feeder with hair rigged boilie or pellet still doing the business with bream also showing well on the pole line later in the session. Regular restocking by anglers fishing main lake and depositing their catch into the Match Lake is improving sport week by week. Tench showing well from most pegs with pegs 15, 16, 17 favoured pegs 5, 6,7,8,10,28 and 29 for consistent bream bags. Main lake also fishing well with carp anglers reporting consistent sport with fish in the 10-25lb range falling to boilie or corn pegs around the café favoured along with the M25 bank fishing to the islands. Tel: 01753 630302.
River Colne, Iver
Has fished well recently with roach bags to double figures being taken from around the bridge and the deep water pegs in the middle of the stretch, chub to 5lb 8oz have been taken around this area also with loosefed maggot or caster fished beneath a stick of waggler best, a few barbel have made an appearance with the best being a 9lb 2oz specimen taken by South Ruislip rod Steve Hardy on legered hair rigged halibut pellet. Tel: 01753 630302.
Oakfield Fishery, Kingswood, Aylesbury
Brook is the form lake with 100lb pleasure bags on the cards. Pleasure afternoon/evening sessions are also popular; feeding with floating pellets to bring the fish up in the water and casting over the top with floating bread is still producing up to half a dozen doubles in only a few hours. Swallow is experiencing a slight lull in the action but that should be put right when we get some wind and rain to stir the fish up a little. Kingfisher is as consistent as ever producing mixed bags to 30lb+ on any day. Any day soon now Adrian is hoping to get the green light on his expansion plans to build a new lake and turn an expanded Kingfisher into a silvers only haven. Tel: Adrian Phipps on 01296 770899.