Willen Lake, North and South

As from the 16th June 2023 - Members Only Water

Willen Lake, two large lakes covering an area of 150 acres, the lakes have a good track of producing some very large fish and the south lake currently holds the MKAA carp record which stands at 58lb (The Golden Common) and the south lake has also produced Mirror carp to 48lb with numerous carp between 20lb – 40lb bracket with some cracking fully scaled mirrors.

Both lakes are also known for their mega double figure bream along with some good size tench. Willen North also contains a number of large carp and has producing fish to 40lb along with some large bream and a few tench. Both lakes have produced pike up to 30lb which feed on the silvers and perch that dwell in the lakes, Willen lake is very popular with the roving lure angler. Deadbaits work well in the winter months.

The lakes can be fished all year round and night fishing is permitted. Due to the large size of the bream please remember that MKAA has a rule that stipulates a maximum of 40lb of fish in the keepnet at anyone time.

The river Ousel runs along side the lakes and both the north and south are balancing lakes designed to control excess water and at times of flood can become one lake.

Restrictions on the South lake.

H6 bank ‘A’ section can now be fished throughout the year 24/7 however fishing is no longer allowed on the two swims in front of the climbing frame. See signs for permitted fishing areas.

East bank (including Stinky Corner) ‘B & C sections can be fished 24/7.

H5 bank ‘D’ section which runs down to just before the wooden support cable protector marks the limit to normal fishing and can be fished by members only 24/7. West of the wooden cable support protector is fishing for syndicate members only.

The lakes are owned by The Parks Trust and due to their size the South lake supports a large amount of water sport activity along with public activity around the lakes. Anglers fishing Willen Lake must be tolerant to other park users and the best advice I can give is to fish tidily and put tackle away when fishing.

Due to amount of water sport activity there is restrictions on when and where anglers can fish in some areas of the lake. Please refer to water map available on line or in the MKAA handbook.

The MKAA Beaches Syndicate

The Beaches syndicate area runs from the cable support ‘D’ section down to the sign marking the end of the syndicate boundary.

The beaches syndicate has three swims (Beaches, Middles and the Willows) that can be fished any method 24/7 with members being responsible for ensuring that rigs are not cast over the cables.

The rest of the syndicate bank is float / freeline fishing, daylight hours only for syndicate members. The syndicate is open to MKAA members, there is however a lengthy waiting list for the syndicate. and as of 2023 there will be a £40.00 membership fee. Member are required to book swims in advance and a records kept as requested by The Parks Trust.

Syndicate members are responsible for bailiffing the syndicate bank as well as the waterfront area on a rotation basis. All syndicate members are issued with photo ID which they are required to carry when fishing or bailiffing the syndicate bank.

If you are interested in joining the syndicate please email info@mkaa.co.uk

The lakes can be very busy at times and there are often charity runs and other activities on and around the lake. Please respect other park users.

Location is at 488116E 240497N (N52:03:21 W0:42:59) 

Nearest Post Code – MK15 0SF 

OS X – 488116; OS Y – 240497 

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