The rec

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Parking

Parking for fishing in this area is plentiful . Olney town council provides free public parking outside the Rugby Club just off East Street (PostCode MK46 5DW). Once parked up at the rugby club, the walk down to the river is a flat and well maintained pathway that is perfect for a barrow. 

Please remember that this carpark is used by the rugby club, football club, tennis, cricket & bowls club as well as regular towns people so it does get busy at peak times. Saturday afternoons and Sunday midmornings are often very busy. Get there before those times and you wont have a problem parking up.

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Description of the water

The Rec is often the most recognised of our waters.  This diverse stretch provides opportunity for a range of angling experiences. Starting on the north end, Doffs field offers a wide and deep stretch of river, often synonymous with the carp anglers. From here, upstream, you find yourself in the Rec field. A favourite for swimmers in the summer, the gravel bed around the bathing steps offers some excellent fishing. Moving round the river into Osbornes, along ‘chub alley’ the river provides some excellent individual pegs, with a number of features offering some great habitats for fish. Finally moving into crouch’s field, the deep river with the hills as a backdrop provide an awesome opportunity for a big one!

Species

Having such a mixed range of waters in this section, the species are also really varied. Perch, regularly over 2lb are definitely a favourite here. Along the bottom of Osborne’s field, the predators seem to spawn and call home. Big carp and tench are often found in Doff’s field. The wide river provides an excellent home for the specimen fish. Hauls of silvers enjoy the gravel beds along the Rec field, closely followed by pike.

Although, minimal in recent years, historically, the ‘bay’ area in the corner of Osborne’s field has often produced a shoal of bream. Despite the odd one popping up, it is definitely a challenge for the season for someone to find the shoal!

Please note that there is a locked gate into Doffs field (code in membership book). There is also access from Doffs into Coulson's & Brocks fields (see Lavendon Road section).

DAY TICKETS - YES (Not including Doffs field)

NIGHT FISHING - YES