Willen Lake North, Willen

A very large demanding pit in the Central Milton Keynes holding a few surprises for those willing to put the effort in.

Willen Lake North

Day ticket or syndicate: Day Ticket or club ticket from www.mkaa.co.uk
How much?: Adult 2 rods full ticket - £45 Adult 3 rods full ticket - £58 Day tickets - £8 Senior 2 rods full ticket - £30 Senior 3 rods full ticket - £41 Day tickets - £5 Junior 2 rods full ticket - £10 Junior 3 rods full ticket - £41 Day tickets - £5
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank or from local tackle shop
How busy is it?: Quiet
Can you drive to the swims?: No, it's a long walk
On site facilities: None
Nearest tackle shop: Angling Direct, Milton Keynes
Average size: Doubles
Max realistic size: 40lb plus
Realistic catch rate: 0-1 per session
Best swims: All swims can produce
Best method: Spreading boilies
Best bait: Boilies and tiger nuts
Ideal fishing range: 100yrd plus
Strange rules you should know: Lots of no fishing areas
Skill level to catch: Expert
Location: Willen, Milton Keynes

Willen Lake North, Willen

Willen Lakes are part of the Parks Trust and is therefore a very public lake set in Central Milton Keynes.

It is a huge  lake with a large area of out of bounds and not for the faint hearted. There are however some absolute gems to be had.

This is NOT a quiet pit, so if you’re prepared to go against the hustle and bustle, the rewards are there. 



The North Lake is far quieter than the south so if you are looking for a spot of peace and quiet, then the North could be for you. 

- James Armstrong

The North Lake is a bit of an unknown quantity mainly due to the resident otters that inhabit the island.

They have been a real problem the last few years and have definitely taken a few of its prized carp, but the amount of fish and which ones is anyone’s guess.

There could be some real gems lurking in there still, but it definitely fortunes the brave.

It is a huge effort water, low stock, and due to the out of bounds sections makes it very difficult to locate the fish. 

The island is an obvious feature to target because the fish patrol the margins and there are carpy-looking drop-offs that can be seen from the bank. 

The North Lake is far quieter than the south so if you are looking for a spot of peace and quiet, then the North could be for you. 

The weed can be horrendous during the summer months so a weed rake is definitely recommended as is some pre baiting to try and get fish cleaning the spots. 


Jimmy began his angling on the river Ouse with his father fishing for roach. His passion grew quickly and soon developed a love for big-fish across the globe!

James | 9th January 2020