The River Great Ouse has been in excellent form this year and there haven’t been many better places to fish the mighty waterway than the middle reaches around the town of Olney on the Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire border.
The Milton Keynes Angling Association stretch situated in the council run, Emberton Country Park provides anglers with some cracking day-ticket river sport where you can park right up behind your peg. The venue is underfished but is well known for its pike sport with rumours of fish to 30lb lurking in the deeper pegs above the weir.
The weirpool itself, next to the town bridge is also a hotspot for pike but other species include barbel, chub, roach, perch and plenty of dace. The pegs on the pool offer plenty of flow and colour making them ideal for a bit of stick float and maggot sport for a net of dace and chub. Alternatively you can target specimen fish by fishing the feeder or bomb with bigger baits cast towards the head of the weir.
Above the weir the river runs deeper and slower and holds a good head of tench to 6lb along with roach, rudd, perch, bream and dace. For this reason, this part of the river can respond well to a balling in approach or a groundbait feeder as there is plenty of width to work with, especially in the lower pegs nearer the town.
Prices: £6 on the bank, Milton Keynes AA, (There is a fee of £2.50 to take your car on the complex)
Location: River Great Ouse, Emberton Park, Olney, Bucks, MK46 5FJ
Contact: MKAA 01908 691777
Rules: No carp in keepnets, no litter, no fires, no night fishing