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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Inn on the Lake – Temporary Closures


At the hotel owner’s request, the fishery will be closed to all Members on Tuesday 21st May from 7pm, and will reopen at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd May.

Locks will be changed whilst closed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Committee

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Polite Reminder – Pike Fishing


This is a polite reminder to inform you that fishing for pike is now banned on all TWAPS waters until 1st October 2024. Pike fishing is only permitted from 1st October until 31st March each year.

The Committee

Inn on the Lake Fish Survey

In March 2024 a fish survey was carried out by AE Fisheries on the Main Lake at the Inn on the Lake. See the ‘Fish Survey’ section on the Inn on the Lake page.

Other surveys are to follow at Shorne Country Park, Cobham and the Middle Lake
at the Inn on the Lake. These are to be carried out during the winter of 2024-25.

Renewing Membership Queries


If you have any queries regarding renewing your membership please use the Contact Form.

Please do not contact Bailiffs or Committee Members directly – you will be directed to the website.

Thank you.
The Committee

Carp pellets for sale


The Head Bailiff, Gary Bushell, has acquired carp pellets for sale to TWAPS Members at cost price.

If you would like to purchase some, or find out more details, contact Gary – BY TEXT ONLY PLEASE.

His number is on your membership card.

The Committee

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Inn on the Lake – Main Lake Jetty


The owners of the Inn on the Lake Hotel have complained that some TWAPS Members are feeding fish from the jetty.

The jetty and patio areas are STRICTLY OUT OF BOUNDS to all Members for feeding or fishing.

Any Member caught either feeding or fishing from the jetty or patio areas will receive an instant suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.

We are currently waiting for the CCTV footage to be looked at.

The Committee

Pike and Predator Fishing Open Evening

A pike and preditor open evening for all TWAPS Members is being organised for Tuesday 16th April 2024 starting at 7:30pm, at the Inn on the Lake hotel.

There are two guest speakers, Mark Barnet and Gary Peet.

More information will follow in due course.

The evening is open to all current TWAPS Members.

If you are a TWAPS Member and would like to attend please contact Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff, by TEXT ONLY PLEASE (please do not phone), so we have an idea of how many are coming. Please include your full name and your TWAPS membership number. Gary’s number is on your TWAPS membership card.

There will be a raffle on the night, with several prizes on offer.

Thank you

The Committee

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Inn on the Lake, Main Lake, Swim 18 Closure

Swim 18 on the Main Lake at the Inn on the Lake is permanently closed.

The Committee

Stocking Update

Saturday 16th December.

Fish supplied by VS Fisheries.

Delivered and stocked:

At the Inn On The Lake – 2 x c7s:
One fully scaled mirror of 29lb 4oz, known as “Hammond’s Mirror”.
One mirror of 27lb 10oz, known as “Buxton’s” Mirror.
These two fish were named after the two longest serving Committee Members.

At Cobham
Cobham bottom pond – 50x c3 mirrors up 6lb 5oz.

At Shorne Country Park
100 x C2s in to Long Lake, up to 3lb 8oz.
100 x C2s in to steps lake.

Photos for Cobham and Shorne to follow.

TWAPS is always building and protecting our stocks for the future.

Only silvers and tench to arrive now – in the new year.

The Committee.