The largest of the Milton Pools waters at just over three aces in size, Specimen Lake holds 18 pegs.
Incorporating plenty of features including two islands, the lake has been planted with a central bed of lilies. As on the other lakes, the pegs have been numbered so anglers wishing to fish overnight or for 24 hours or longer can book in advance and stipulate which pegs they want to fish.
Specimen Lake fish range from carp to 43lbs, pike to 30lbs, catfish to 45lbs, roach, perch and some beautiful double figure tench.
If you are going for the roach, tench or perch, float fishing usually proves best with maggots, worm, luncheon meat and sweetcorn being the most favoured baits. Those fishing for the big carp tend to use boilies.
Ray has ensured in the stocking of the Specimen Lake that large carp have been introduced. As a result the water now has a good number of 20lbs to 30lbs fish, several mid-30s and some going to over 40lbs.
But large carp aren't the only attraction of Specimen Lake, which also holds large fish of other species.
With roach to more than 2lbs 8oz, perch to 4lbs-plus and tench which run into double figures there's plenty to go for, although most non-carpers give the water a miss because they are unaware of its potential for species other than carp.
If you are after big fish, it's worth asking in the shop which baits and techniques are working best at the time of your visit.
The introduction of the catfish in December 2007 not only enticed the carp to feed on a more regular basis but also gave anglers something new to fish for.
Milton Pools also has an outstanding number of pike with a good number of 20lbs plus fish that have been introduced into Specimen Lake, making it ideal for fishing during the venue's pike fishing season which runs from October to the end of March.
Stocked with carp up to 22lbs, green and golden tench to 6lbs, bream to 11lbs, crucian carp, ghost carp, carp/koi, roach, large perch, golden orfe and golden rudd, House Lake is Milton Pool's general coarse fish water and is a good starting point for newcomers to the fishery. Covering about one-and-a-half acres, it offers 11 well-spaced pegs, any of which offer an equal chance of a good day's fishing.
Unlike the Kidney Lake, there is no shelf around the fringes with the banks dropping straight down to the maximum depth of between four-and-a-half to five feet.
Pole, waggler and traditional and modern carp fishing techniques all work well on House Lake with best baits tending to be boilies for the carp, maggots for the smaller carp, roach and tench, and sweetcorn and luncheon meat for the perch and bigger tench.
Len's Match Lake
The shallowest of the Milton Pools waters at only four feet deep, Len's Match Lake is a good water for both novice and experienced general coarse anglers.
Stock includes carp to 12lbs, bream up to 7lbs, crucian carp, golden and green tench, chub, roach, perch, koi, rudd, golden rudd and goldfish.
Covering about an acre-and-a-quarter with 15 pegs, the water is interesting in that there are two smaller basins connected to the main pool, the larger of which goes to six feet in depth making it popular with anglers wanting to fish slightly deeper water.
These pools are often worth investigating as some of the bigger fish make their way into them and most of the time no one else is fishing them.
Anglers setting out for the tench tend to float fish sweetcorn, luncheon meat, worms or maggots. As one would expect, it pays to watch the water for bubbles to pinpoint where the fish are feeding and then keep them there by loose-feeding pellets or samples of hook bait.
All techniques work well on their day, making this water ideal for both pole and waggler anglers. Also, in addition to adding to the appeal of the water, a bed of lilies which runs down the centre of the lake prevents anglers from casting from one bank into the swim of anglers fishing on the opposite side of the water.
The smallest of the seven Milton Pools waters, Kidney Lake is half an acre in size with a total of 10 pegs and holds a nice mix of carp to 8lbs, bream up to 2lbs 8oz, crucian carp, rudd, green and golden tench, roach, perch, chub, golden orfe, goldfish and black goldfish.
A pretty little water with plenty of features, it is ideal for pleasure fishing, particularly for younger or inexperienced anglers because it is easy to catch.
Averaging four-and-a-half to five feet deep, the pool has a shelf which runs about a rod length out and about two-foot-six inches deep, making it ideal for fishing close in either with the pole.
Being a general coarse lake, most regular baits work well particularly maggots, sweetcorn and worm float fished just off the bottom. Anglers should note that, because of its size, Kidney Lake is a float-only water and ledgering is not allowed.
Campbell's Match Lake
Fully established in 2007, Campbell's Match Lake has now matured and as anglers can see from the fishery's match results on the Milton Pools Fishery Newsletter this is now fishing extremely well.
With 15 pegs, many of which are decked, Campbell's is available for club and private matches by prior arrangement only.
The water holds carp to 11lbs, ghost carp to 8lbs, bream up to 4lbs, golden rudd, green tench, koi, roach, chub, goldfish, black goldfish and crucian carp.
Easy to fish with a uniform bottom, Campbells is constantly throwing up improving match catches with the current match record currently standing at 204lbs 4oz which was taken at the beginning of June, 2013 by G Dodd fishing a Remenham AC match. Back-up weights included second placed Dick Shillito with 198lbs 8oz and third placed Steve Johnson with 182lbs 8oz. A total of eight anglers fished the match for a total weight of 1,046lbs 6oz.
Anglers interested in holding a match on Campbells are asked to telephone the fishery for further details and availability.
This lake is used as a general stock lake and holds specimen-size Chagoi Koi, including coloured koi carp, golden tench and golden orfe.
|Milton Pools' website Newsletter|
Milton Pools has launched its own website Newsletter where anglers can keep up to date with latest catches and match results from the fishery.
With a photo gallery of decent fish caught at the venue, the site includes a comprehensive list of rules and other information about the fishery. To see who's done what Click here.
How to get there...
Milton Pools is a stone's throw from the M40 motorway. Travelling south, leave the motorway at Junction 8 (Waterstock Services) and take the A418 towards Thame. After about a mile turn right onto the old A40 and follow this road for about a mile and a half. At the junction with the A329 turn right again, go over the motorway and the entrance to the fishery is about 50 yards on the left. Follow the track until you will come to the fishery car park. On arrival please report to the shop or bungalow to obtain your ticket before proceeding onto the fishery.
Travelling North, leave the motorway at Junction 7, turn left at the end of the slip road and the entrance to Milton Pools is about 50 yards on the left.
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