Blue Lake Update – March 2021

Latest Information Regarding the Blue Lake

22nd March 2021

Following a virtual meeting I had with Senior Management at the
Ebbsfleet Developement Company (EDC), this is the latest news available to Thameside.

Please be advised that the following is the latest up to date information obtained for the future of the Blue Lake.

  • Blue Lake is now owned by EDC.
  • Subject to planning permission, not yet applied for, it is intended to create a public country park within the bounds of the Blue Lake.
  • The bed of the Lake will be raised by the introduction of inert material.
  • The water level will not be lowered, and excess water will be allowed to permeate away through the chalk sides.
  • A bank/pathway is to be created to allow access around the whole
    perimeter of the Lake.
  • The surveys already carried out could be made available to Thameside on request (to be confirmed).
  • Thameside to be kept informed of future developments.
  • Fishing will be included in futures plans, but will be in conjunction with other water sports.
  • The welfare of the current fish stocks is a Thameside priority, and options as to what to do with them during the planned works was discussed. The Environment Agency (EA) were looking at the following problems:
  • Moving them to another site may cause unnecessary stress and deaths.
  • Electrofishing/netting not really viable due to depth and obstructions. The EDC and EA were not aware of the many vehicles dumped in the Lake.

Although there are no immediate plans to close the Lake, it was thought that the back filling could start in late 2022 or early 2023.

Once a time scale is confirmed, it is almost certain that the whole site will be closed to members until the work is completed.

Currently the Chalk face repairs are complete, and subject to satisfactory test results that part of the Lake will be re opened.

It was unrealistic to get confirmed time lines re work completion, as both planning permission and funding has still not been applied for.

I have no reason to suspect fishing will be further restricted for the next season, but the access after then is to be confirmed.

Finally, I hope the above information also explains why the Committee are reluctant to spend any money on the Blue Lake at this present time.

Dennis Hammond

Fishing Lakes - Blue Lake, Northfleet
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TWAPS Updates

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Dip tanks at the Inn on the Lake and Cobham


It is compulsory for you to use the dip tanks provided at both the Inn on the Lake and Cobham fisheries. Please use them to dip your landing nets, unhooking mats (and cradles etc.) and weigh slings upon arrival at the fishery and certainly BEFORE placing your nets in the water or when you start fishing.

If you are found not to have done this you will be asked to leave the fishery.

Repeat offenders may be subject to disciplinary action.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Committee

Upcoming Work Party


There is a work party scheduled for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at Shorne Country Park.

Tap/click the link below for more details.


Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff

RFA Pike Matches 2023-24

The Rother Fishery Association (RFA) have organised 4 pike fishing matches over the winter of 2023-24.

As TWAPS is a member of the RFA these matches are open to all TWAPS Members.

The matches are scheduled to take place on the River Rother at Newenden on the following dates:

Sunday 10th December 2023
Sunday 7th January 2024
Sunday 4th February 2024
Sunday 3rd March 2024

Note the above dates and venue may change.

If you are interested, please use the website Contact Form:

Don’t forget to include your phone number and email address.

The Committee

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Paddock Wood Fishery – Fishing currently suspended


It is with regret that with immediate effect fishing at the Paddock Wood fishery is suspended until further notice.

This is due to the Committee being recently informed of a change of owners of the site and affects both the lake and the River Medway.

The Committee is currently in discussions with the new owners, and we will keep TWAPS Members updated.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Committee

Lost jewellery at the Inn on the Lake

To all Members

If any one has lost any jewellery at the Inn on the Lake can you please message Gary, Head Bailiff, and describe what the item is so we can hopefully return the item to its
Rightful owner.


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The “Magic Twig”

To all Members

Based on the available information, the Magic Twig device is currently not permitted on all TWAPS waters.

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To all Members


Due to outbreaks in Kent, the Inn On Lake dip tank and rinse tank are now both in use.

Please dip nets, unhooking mats and weigh slings etc. on every visit.

This is to help keep our fish safe.

Dip tanks will be ready to use at Cobham from Wednesday 24th August, late afternoon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff

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Membership Full

Our Membership is full and we are currently not accepting new Members. Applications for Membership will be placed on a waiting list.

Cobham Bottom Lake – Duck weed now cleared

To all Members

Most of the duck weed at Cobham Bottom Lake has now been cleared and is ready to fish again.

Gary Bushell
Head Bailiff