Fishing at Cobham Lakes

Cobham is a mixed fishery.

A dip tank and a rinse tank are now in use at this fishery.

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

This is to help keep our fish safe.

Thank you.

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

Known species:

Top Lake:
Common and mirror carp up to 15lb
Tench
Ide
Bream
F1s
Roach
Rudd
Perch
Crucian carp
Golden Orfe

Middle Lake:
Roach
Rudd
Perch
Barbel
Chub
Bream
Ide
Tench
Crucian carp
Golden Orfe

Bottom Lake:
Common and mirror carp
Tench
Bream
Ide
F1s
Perch
Roach
Golden Orfe

General Information

Stocking

Information about stocking at Cobham can be found here.

Cobham Bottom Lake Project

Information about the progress of the Cobham Bottom Lake Project can be found here.

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: https://twaps.co.uk/fishing_articles/cobham_restrictions/

Members were asked during March 2022 to vote on the species they would like stocked in the Bottom Lake. The results of the vote can be found here: https://twaps.co.uk/kent-fishing-waters-cobham-lakes-cobham-bottom-lake-project-restocking/.

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.

Only ONE rod is allowed to be used on this fishery.

Please see the Rules and Bye-Laws: https://twaps.co.uk/rules-byelaws/

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

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

Thank you.

Access

A sketch map of this fishery’s location can be found here.

Nearest postcode: DA12 3HD

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Access to the fishery is via the car park gate which is locked with a combination padlock. The combination number is on your membership card. Please ensure that this gate is locked at all times when not in use.

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.

A sketch map of this fishery’s location can be found here.

History

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. In December 2022 100 crucian carp were introduced into the Middle Lake at Cobham.

Information about the progress of the Cobham Bottom Lake Project can be found here.