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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Chestnut Pool Langford
Near Biggleswade. A top listing 3 acre mixed fishery with big roach, rudd, perch, bream and carp in the 20lb plus range including common, mirror and crucian. In addition there are golden tench, roach, rudd an skimmers
There is a shop and toilets and disabled access. Night fishing is allowed but must be pre-booked.
Open March to November.
Call 01462 701865
Google Map Reference Post Code SG18 9QT
Lakeside Coarse Fishery
2 lakes Top and Bottom, mixed fisheries with carp into the 20s, bream, tench, perch, roach and lots of silver fish. Good facilities including toilets and accessible to wheelchair user. Match booking accepted.
Call 01296 682201
Google Map Ref 51.892848, -0.769986 Post Code LU7 0LF
Harrold and Odell Country Park
The park has 2 lakes plus a stretch of the river Great Ouse. The lakes are:
Grebe Lake, a 35 acre lake with carp to 35lbs and pike to 28lbs plus perch to 4, bream, tench.
Kingfisher Lake is smaller but still has carp to 22lbs, bream to 9lbs, roach, perch and pike.
The Ouse has barbel to 14lbs plus chub, pike and perch.
There is good parking with reserved spaces for disabled persons, a Visitor Centre with a ramped entrance and toilets. There are hard paths around Grebe affording some wheelchair access and the park and RADAR operated gates. Call the rangers service on 01234 720016.
Google Map 52.200197, -0.601701 Post Code MK43 7DS
A holiday park with 4 lakes and a stretch of the river Hiz. Very good facilities with good access for disabled anglers including toilets.
Call 01462 812645
Google Map Ref 52.028301, -0.268407 Post Code SG16 6DD
Just off the B530 near Houghton Conquest, 2 lakes designed to maximise fishing with pegs designed with under water contouring and shelves to attract and hold fish.
The Lakes are;
Yasi's Lake, 17 pegs on a snake shaped lake allowing good coverage of all the water with pole. Stocked with carp, barbel, ide, roach, perch, bream, there is something to fish for the whole year.
Dani's Lake 20 pegs, carp, tench, crucians, golden tench, rudd, bream and perch.
Pegs have been specially designed for disabled anglers next to parking. All other pegs have been designed without steps.
You can become a member or just take a day tickets. Call 07711 637338 or 07753 743802
Google Map Ref 52.057216, -0.494981 Post Code MK45 3JT
Lakeside Coarse Fishery
2 lakes Top and Bottom, mixed fisheries with carp into the 20s, bream, tench, perch, roach and lots of silver fish. Good facilities including toilets and accessible to wheelchair user. Match bookings accepted.
Call 01296 682201
Google Map Ref 51.892848, -0.769986 Post Code PR7 5UY
Manor Farm Fishery
Off the A1 between Biggleswade and Sandy is a mixed fishery consisting of 7 lakes: Becks, Booneys, Blunham, The Carp Lake, Damsel, Winter and The Match canal. They also have a stretch of the river Ivel.
Becks has carp into the twenties and bream, roach, tench, pike, perch. Booneys has carp, rudd, roch and tench. Blunham has a wide range of fish and Damsel has good sized bream. The other lakes focus on carp with fish into the mid thirties. The river offers fishing for very big barbel, chub, bream, pike and roach, there are some carp too.
Night fishing is available, there is a caravan and camp site and good facilities including toilets for the disabled. They also take match bookings.
The carp include common, mirror, leather, ghost and koi.
Call 01767 317835
Google Map Reference 52.106061 -0.275249 Post Code SG18 9BB
A 1500 acre reservoir near Kimbolton just off the A1 where over 65% of trout caught weighing over 2lbs and fish to 15lb caught every year. A renowned fishery built over 40 years ago Grafham has inspired many of the still water fishery tactics we all employ today.
Bank and boat fishing available with a number of permit options from half day to season. A wheelyboat is available, call 01480 816531 to book.
Predator fishing is also big on Grafham, when I say big I mean the fish with pike to 40lbs, zander to 20lbs and perch to 4lb+. 16th May to 31st January you can fish the fly for predators, 1st September to 30th September you can use lures and 1st October to 31st January you can use lures and sea dead bait. Just bring a bigger net.
Permits available from the tackle shop on site.
Google Map 52.290228, -0.318073 Post Code PE8 0DW