Collage Farm, Aynho, Oxfordshire

A natural, although extended spring fed lake. Shaped like a bone, it has a bowl either end and a stretch in the middle which rather resembles a canal. Many of the large fish tend to run along the far bank here, which is why many anglers choose to fish the narrower parts which can be reached with the pole.The average size of the carp here is around 3lbs, but they are amazingly powerful beasts, even when heavy pole elastic is used. College Farm also contains some large chub, bream, including silver, and some small crucian carp. This water is quite regulaly booked for club matches which are almost always won form the 14 meter wide canal straight. A good all round water.

Species

Carp (mirror, common, crucian) to 20lbs, tench, bream, roach, gudgeon, chub.

Best Baits/Methods

Best method by far here is the long pole, due to the accuracy needed whilst fishing tight to the far bank. A small feeder can also be very productive. Best baits are sweetcorn, luncheon meat, pellets and maggots.

How to find it

3 miles form M40 junc 10, just off the B4110 on the Banbruy to Aynho road