Fishing in North Bedfordshire between Turvey and Oakley
By Bob Tate
North Beds is blessed with one of the finest
coarse fishing rivers in England, namely the River Great Ouse. The Ouse
rises to the west of
Buckingham and meanders its way to The Wash. The fishing between Turvey
and Bedford, (about 30 miles of river) is controlled by a number of
clubs and syndicates, some open to all and some closed shops. Apart
from the Embankment in Bedford Town and the small area in Harrold below
the mill there is little or no free fishing on the river, but before
fishing at all, an EA Fishing Licence is required, available at all
The river is quite varied in character and there are weirs at Harrold,
Sharnbrook, Oakley and Bromham and the river is typically deep and
slow above the weirs and streamy and gravel bottomed below.
The predominant species in the river are Chub, Barbel, Bream, Pike
and Perch with occasional Roach and Dace. The size of the fish has
steadily over the last 30 years and Chub to over 5lb and Barbel over
10lb are not uncommon and 7lb and 15lb specimens are caught each
year from local waters. Unfortunately the fish are not easy to catch.
average size of the fish tends to be large so there is not that
great a number of fish and even an experienced angler will be lucky
a net full !
The best way to get started on local fishing is to find a local tackle
shop and join a club.
Vauxhall AC is £37 for a senior member and they have waters at
Radwell, Sharnbrook, Felmersham, Kempston, Willington and have very recently
acquired fishing in Harrold Country Park. Altogether there are about
8 miles of river and 6 mature gravel pits at Radwell. These pits contain
13lb, tench to 12lb and carp to over 40lb. The Club book has details
of all the fisheries with access, parking and a few tips as well.
Blunham AC, adult membership £40, has waters locally at Oakley
on the weir itself and a nice stretch further downstream as well as waters
in the east of the county
Local Tackle Shops:
Tavistock Angling, Tavistock Street, Bedford
Country Sports, Priory Marina, Bedford
Sportsmans Lodge, London Road, Bedford
Bleak Hall Sports, Kempston
Local Clubs Open To All:
Vauxhall AC (Search through Google, etc. )
Blunham AC ( http://www.blunhamac.co.uk/ )