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Fishing in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is a fantastic place to visit if you like fishing - whatever your ability and whatever you want to try and catch. The city, known as ‘The City in the Country’, has over 50 miles of bank to fish with a wide range of fishing venues including lakes, canals, rivers and other waters. The waters give access to all major species of course fish.

Milton Keynes has over 25 lakes with over 300 acres of water - with numerous day ticket venues available. There is also 9.5 miles of the Grand Union Canal where a record 37lb carp has been caught. The canal has been the setting for numerous national competitions with every competitor catching fish. The city also features 12 miles of rivers including the Ouzel, Tove and Great Ouse which is home to numerous British record-breaking Barbel including the current record holder of over 21lb.

To give you a taster recent fish caught in MK waters include catfish over 39lb, carp over 37lb, barbel over 21lb, tench over 9lb and pike over 30lb – these could be your next catch!

Many venues are well-known throughout the fishing community with Furzton Lake having hosted the Women's World Match Fishing Championship and International Carp Matches and is shortlisted for any future World Championship to be held in the UK. The Great Ouse has featured on numerous television programmes including Record Breaking Fish, Total Fishing, Mainstream and Catching the Impossible.

Milton Keynes is known as a city with fantastic accessibility and fishing doesn’t escape this with disabled fishing access to numerous lakes and the city is home to the Milton Keynes Disabled Angling Club.

To make sure you are covered for any eventuality there are four well-stocked tackle shops in the area covering all major brands and fresh bait is widely available.

To fish legally in Milton Keynes you must obtain a Rod License (course and trout) from the Environment Agency. You’ll also need a license/ticket for the particular waters in which you are fishing, Milton Keynes Angling Association (MKAA) offers membership which will cover you to fish in the vast majority of fishing venues in Milton Keynes, including most of the canal and surrounding areas. Day tickets are available on most waters – check the MKAA website for full up to date details.

Discover what Milton Keynes has to offer anglers of all abilities:

  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Grand Union Canal
  • Useful Fishing Links
  • Fishing Do's & Dont's

If you've got family then why not bring them to Milton Keynes with you. While you fish they can discover some of the other exciting activities we have to offer. We have fantastic shopping, a state-of-the-art theatre showing top shows straight from the West End, enjoy a day spa, discover galleries and museums and you can try our thrill-seeking activities such as snowboarding or skiing on real snow, indoor skydiving (yes, without a plane), an extreme high ropes adventure course, cable-tow wakeboarding, indoor and outdoor rock-climbing, karting, horseriding and much, much more.

Visit our main What To Do section for more information