AGM 5th April 2023

In this section of the site you will find information about general aspect of fishing MKAA's waters.


Otters are protected by law.
Otters are designated and protected as European protected species (EPS). EPS are protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

It is an offence to:
• deliberately kill, injure, disturb or capture them
• damage or destroy their breeding sites and resting places – even if otters are not present
• possess, control or transport them (alive or dead)

It is also an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally or recklessly:
• disturb otters while they occupy a structure or place used for shelter or protection
• obstruct access to a place of shelter or protection


Cormorants are fish-eating birds of marine and freshwater habitats. They are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) and the EU Birds Directive, making it illegal to kill them or to take or destroy their eggs and nests (when in use or being built), except under licence


As the law stands, it is illegal to return a zander or any other non-native fish species to the canal network. This is set out in the terms and conditions of our KIFR permits. You are allowed to take zander classified by DEFRA as non-native, for the pot.

Don’t get caught out, some of the Parks Trust car parks are pay and display car parks

Furzton Lake

There are three carp parks around Furzton lake, Shirewell Crescesnt is now pay and display. MKAA members are able to purchase a yearly ticket at a reduced price, see link below.

Willen lake

Willen lake has a number of official carparks which are all pay and display, spend more that 10 minutes in a carpark and you will be required to pay. Parking times are recorded on camera which records number plate, time of arrival and leaving. Do not be tempted to park on the main road grass verges as this is a breach of MKAA rules and could result in a fine from the National Highways.


Over the years MKAA have continued to stock our fisheries to encourage fish natural recruitment and to ensure the future of fishing and our fisheries.

Carp into Caldecotte lake and Furzton lake
Carp into Willen Lake South
Carp and Tench into Lodge Lake (carp were funded by the night syndicate fees).
Carp, Tench and Roach into Bradwell lake.
Carp, Roach, Chub and Bream into the canal.
Carp into Wolverton Mill


The surviving carp have finally gone from Ashland’s Lakes.
Good news, such as it is, is that in the end we did not have to destroy them as they are likely to
(legally) find a new home in a land-locked fishery way out of this area.

MKAA opened Ashland’s – as a dad’s ‘n lads float-only fishery – in partnership with the Parks Trust in 2016, stocking some 700 one to three pound carp in two of the lakes.

Things went well for two summers until, during a 2018 heatwave, the water suffered a KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) outbreak, a notifiable disease which meant immediate closure, quarantining of the water, and the deaths from the disease of sizeable numbers of fish.

Partial silting up due to debris from construction work upstream, together with rapid growth of the
fish and exceptional bursts of hot weather that summer, are thought to have led to the fish becoming stressed to levels triggering the outbreak.

Probably more than half survived but we lost more: some to predation, and with others washed out or crushed against the outlet grill by periodic massive floodwater surges during cloudburst conditions (Ashland’s are ‘on-line’ balancing lakes).

The biggest perceived risk was that because a small number of characters persisted in trying to fish there despite the legal ban on doing so, KHV could have been spread to other local lakes – perhaps wiping out their carp stocks.

There having been no further KHV ‘flare-ups’ at Ashlands, the water was de-classified by Defra in 2019…but after much agonising (aided by often conflicting professional advice) we decided there would always be a risk of transferring infection if we moved them to another of our waters as had been the original intention.

Keeping them in a home they were rapidly outgrowing, with risk of more ‘stress’ periods and of being moved by poachers, was not considered a viable option, either.

VERY reluctantly MKAA concluded the safest thing to do was to destroy the fish. Then we thought again, and again…and each time came to the same conclusion.

Professional netsmen moved in this week and, just as the first net was drawn into the bank, an offer
of a new home (removing any possible risk well away from this area) emerged, for which we are very grateful.

Fish removed included 90 to 100 from the bottom pond in the 8lb to low double figures bracket, and 40 or so doubles to around 15lb+ from the larger middle pond.

There was also a tench, a koi, and a couple of small chub which were not part of the original stocking.

Adding non-health checked ‘ornamental trade’/garden pond fish is often cited as having potential to introduce serious diseases, but sadly some people seem neither to know nor care.

Thank you everyone who helped with this sad and difficult episode – including the Parks Trust, EA, Defra, various ‘professionals’, our hard working bailiffing team… and all those members and day
ticket anglers who stuck with the rules and stayed off Ashland’s following the outbreak.