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 go fishing on an impressive amount of water throughout England (for just £20).
The fishery is now closed for works until at least 2020 when it will be reassessed
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Butlers Hill Fishery
Located near Great Rollright there are 3 Lakes Island, Middle and Far.
Island, is about an acre, shelved along the edges going to 12 ft at it's deepest. Lots of carp in the 3 to 8lb range plus roach, rudd, tench, bream.
Middle is about 1 acre, shallow averaging 4ft it has carp to 15lb (biggest 22lbs) plus roach, rudd, bream
Far is half an acre and very shallow with carp in the 10 to 16lb range, worth the walk, there are also, crucians, roach, bream and tench.
Proper loos on site, day and night tickets, permits on the bank call 01608 684319.
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2 lakes Chad and Home near Bledingtom.
Chad is 2.5 acres with 12 pegs, just turn up and get a ticket on the bank. Carp to mid twenties and perch to 3/4 lbs.
Home needs to be pre booked, bivvie pitches, toilets.
Night fishing is allowed but must be pre arranged.
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Christ Church Meadows
Located in Oxford, rree fishing on the Thames from Wolsey Road.
Disabled access near Wolsey Road with a specially designed platform giving good acces to the river.
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College Farm Fishery
A pleasing fishery neat Anyho, spring fed upto 10 feet deep stocked with common and mirror carp to 25lbs, chub, bream, roach, rudd, tench.
The fishery is accessible for mobility impaired anglers with hard stand parking next to lake.
Available to book for matches, call 01869 277226.
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Located on Park farm near Bicester the fishery has 3 lakes:
Manor Lake which is reserved for members, there is a waitinglist for membership.
Stables and Gallows Lakes. Stables is stocked mostly with carp while Gallows has carp, tench, bream, roach and perch.
Tickets from an honesty box. These two lakes can also can also be booked for matches.
Call 01869 350163.
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Linear Fisheries offers, mostly carp, day tickets, 8 waters, and syndicate fishing, 3 waters.
The day tickets water are:
Brasenose 1, 32 acres in size, 1900 fish, probably 50 carp to over 30lbs, the record is a 44lb fish.
Brasenose 2, again about 1900 fish, records include a 40lb mirror, 33 common, 30lb for a ghost.
Hardwick Lake and Smiths Pool, 2 lakes linked by a narrow channel with about 1000 carp 20 of which are over 30lbs with some 40s.There are also big pike,(31lbs) Bream (15lbs), tench to 11 and good roach.
Hunts Corner Lake, 9 acres with 400 carp of which about 160 are 20lb+ with some to the high 30s. Just 10 swims which gives just about an acre of water to each angler.
Hunts Corner Pool, 15 swims mixed pleasure / match fishery
Manor Farm Lake, 14 acres with 700 carp with at least 40 in the 30+ bracket. Records stand at: 48lbs for a mirror, 35 for a ghost, 36 for a common. Lots of 20s and doubles and as a bonus, pike, big tench, roach and a some catfish.
Oxlease Lake 1600 carp, 60 in the 30+ range, lots of 20 and doubles. Records are 45lb for a mirror, 52lb for a common, plus good pike and tench.
St Johns Lake, an 18 acre former gravel pit where most carp are 20+ with 7 known 40+. The record is a 48lb mirror. There are also big tench, catfish, pike and bream.
The Sydicate Waters are Gaunt Lake, mirrors and commons to 40+, record 52lbs; Unity, 25 acres, 500 carp to 45lbs; Yeomans, 450 carp 16 to 30+.
There is also Elstow Pit.
Permits for the day ticket water from the bailiff on the bank, pay by debit card.
There is awaiting list for the syndicate water, check out Linear's web site for details. For general enquiries and information call 07885327708 .
Just off the M40 at Junction 7 near Great Milton the fishery offers mixed fishing on 6 pools including a specimen water. There are carp to 40+, specimen tench, pike, to 30lbs, perch and roach.
The site has a bait and tackle shop, cafe, toilets including washing facilities and good security.
Most pegs are accessible to disabled anglers.
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Located near Dorchester on Thames Orchid lakes has been set up to serve speciman carp anglers by a specimen specialist. Try saying that after a shandy or two.
The main lake is a 17.6 acres former gravel pit containging up to 40 fish in the 30+ bracket and 2 to 300 fish up to 30lbs. There is also a club lake, 2 acres with a mix of species including catfish to 60lbs
There is transport too and from pegs, a cafe and lodge on site with ladies, gents and disabled facilities and showers. You can even hire a small lodge if you want someting better than your bivvie.
Tickets can be bought on site. Good security. Call 01865 341810
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Upper Farm Henton
a 1 acre pair of spring fed pools sepearted by a narrow waterway stocked with a mix of fish including common, crucian, mirror, leather, grass carp to high teens, plus chub, roach, rudd, bream, perch and orfe.
Pond 1 at 0.6 of and acre has 11 swims with one peg (6) reserved for wheelcahir users.
Call 07476 082142
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