Fishing at Cobham Lakes

See tabs below for all essential information and points of interest about fishing at Cobham Lakes (Cobham, Kent).


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Kent Fishing Waters - Cobham Lake

General Information

Restrictions at Cobham  – Voting Results – February 2021 

Members were asked to vote on a proposed change to the rules at Cobham.  The results of the proposal and further details can be found here:

Following the vote the following Bye-Laws for Cobham have been amended with the following additions:

Maximum line strength of 12lb allowed. Maximum weight or lead limit allowed is 2oz. Maximum hook size allowed is 12.

Between 1st April to 31st October inclusive only ONE rod is allowed. Between 1st November to
the 31st March inclusive up to TWO rods are allowed.

Please see the Rules and Bye-Laws:

Bottom Lake Update – August 2019
The Committee have been able to finally satisfy the majority of the issues which have delayed the de-silting the Cobham Bottom Pond.

It can now arrange for the necessary equipment to be delivered in order to begin the work required.

Once started there will be restrictions of access to certain areas of the site.

Please do not ignore any notices that may be placed around the site.

Subject to the availability of the equipment required, it is expected to start the work in the next few weeks.

Top Lake Swims
Please refrain from using bank sticks on concrete swims as they puncture the membrane.
Thank you.

Bottom Lake closed until further notice
Members please note that bottom lake at Cobham is currently closed until further notice due to maintenance and restocking.

Access track across he field to Cobham Lakes
MEMBERS please note that the access track across the field to Cobham lakes is currently open. Please drive with care whilst using this track.

Thank you.


Nearest postcode: DA12 3HD

Night fishing is allowed on all three lakes – single night duration only – CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

As this is a strictly members only water, prospective members may only view the water by pre-arrangement, if accompanied by a Bailiff or Committee Member. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult Society member at all times.

Please note – Google map markers are set to nearest postcode but are still approximate. Please use access / directions for more accurate information.


The Lakes at Cobham Hall were originally created by Sir Humphrey Repton over two hundred years ago for Lord Darnley. The club was offered the opportunity to reclaim the large silted up ponds during 1992, and following site visits and meetings with the estate management, work commenced mid 1992.

Work by a small but very dedicated team took over 18 months to remove the massive amount of large fallen and growing trees that were embedded in the silt, before removal of the silt started which then revealed a clay bottom to all three ponds. All the removed soil and timber was used within the surrounding land for landscaping.

The club purchased its own tractor and bowser to do the work and the initial work was finished during 1994. The ponds filled with water very quickly and were planted with aquatic vegetation and were left to rest. However during this time calls from the Environment Agency asking if the ponds were ready to accept fish stocks, which were being rescued from other fisheries due to the hot weather. This resulted in thousands of mixed species being delivered. It was impossible to count this stocking due to the urgency of the situation, but Carp, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Tench, and as was found later, two Bream, have been caught over the years since.

No further stocking has taken place as breeding is prolific to such an extent that during late 2007 the Environment Agency were called in to remove thousands of small fish as their survey showed that the fishery was severely overstocked.

Memorial Bench

At Cobham we have a bench to mark those members of the Society who are sadly no longer with us.

The bench currently contains some small plaques in memory of the following members:

E. Mitchell 1945 – 2008
David F. Deed 1955 – 2009
Colin John Beeching 1958 – 2011
Fran Doyle 1948 – 2019

May they rest in peace.

Top Lake

During August 2019 some swims on the Top Lake have been repaired.

Please refrain from using bank sticks on concrete swims as they puncture the membrane.
Thank you.

Swims Renovations

In September 2018 some work was carried out to improve some of the swims on the Middle Lake.