Fishing at Inn On The Lake

The Inn on the Lake is a mixed fishery.

As announced a the 2024 Annual General Meeting, swim 18 on the Main Lake at the Inn on the Lake is permanently closed at the insistence of the hotel owners for health and safety reasons.

Where provided the lower platforms are to be used for the landing and release of fish only.

Please do not fish from these lower platforms.

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 Inn On The Lake (Shorne, Kent).


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Kent Fishing Waters - Inn On The Lake

Known species:

Main Lake:
Common and mirror carp up to 30lb
Pike up to 20lb
Tench up to 7lb plus
Bream up to 7lb plus
Perch up to 3lb plus

Middle Lake:
Common and mirror carp up to 20lb
Pike up to 6lb
Roach up to 1lb
Bream up to 4lb
Tench up to 5lb

Small Lake:
Common and mirror carp
Skimmers (small bream)

General Information

Information about the voting concerning swim 18 can be found here.


There is a session limit of 72 hours and no return for 24 hours on this fishery.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff

There are three lakes in total, Large, Middle and Small (Stock Pond). All three lakes are surrounded by woodland and look very picturesque in the sunset.

The Large Lake, or Main Lake, is the first one you encounter on entering the fishery. It is approximately 150m long by 100m wide (4acres). The depth varies considerably from 1.2m (4ft) in the south east corner to over 7m (20ft) in the north east corner. The fish in here list as follows: pike to 20lb+, carp to 30lb+, tench to 7lb+, perch to 3lb and bream to 7lb+, as well as numerous roach, rudd and eels. One word of warning though this lake can be snaggy!!

Note that in the interests of fish welfare and angler safety, the reed swim may be closed when the water level in this lake drops too low.

Note: Priority must be given for disabled anglers wishing to fish from the swim just in front of the entrance gate (the ‘Gate Swim’), as there is room for two anglers.

The Middle Lake is roughly 60m long by 67m in wide (approximately 1 acre). The depth on this lake is a more consistent 2.4m deep (8ft). There is an island in the North East corner roughly 10m in diameter. The fish in this lake are still abundant in number and consist of the following: pike up to 6lb, carp to 20lb, roach to 1lb, tench to 5lb, and bream to 4lb. This lake is supposedly easier to fish than the Large lake.

The Small Lake (Stock Pond) is approximately one third of an acre and about 1m deep. This lake is stocked with small skimmers, carp, pike, roach and rudd and is the easiest of the three to fish.

Members can use the Hotel’s toilets, bar and order refreshments. Clean footwear only please. Note: Members must present their current TWAPS membership card to reception when using the Hotel’s facilities and must NOT go past reception.


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

Nearest postcode: DA12 3HB

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Bailiffs regularly carry out patrols of all Society fisheries. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult Society member at all times. Fishing on the Small lake is between the hours of 7a.m. and 8p.m. whilst fishing on the Middle and Large lakes is allowed 24/7. (Note: currently night fishing on the Middle lake is for a trial period only.) Please keep all lights away from hotel windows. The only baits banned on this water are nuts and seed baits i.e. hemp, peas, beans, etc.

Access to the Inn On The Lake is via a barrier. To enter simply press the button on the right and reception will let you in. On the way out it is a pressure pad and opens automatically. There is also a camera concentrated on the barrier to record anyone entering or leaving.

Access to the fishery itself (the lakes), is via a gate on the left just after the barrier. The gate 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.

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.


The hotel is situated on the A2 midway between Rochester and Dartford, just past Gravesend.

From the M25…

From the M25 Exit Junction2, take the A2 towards Canterbury. The Hotel is 8 miles from this point, approximately 2 miles past Gravesend ( A227 ) EXIT. You will pass the hotel on the Left and then take the Cobham/Shorne exit. Turn left at Junction and follow road until you reach the roundabout. Take the second exit is signposted to the hotel and will lead you to a bridge over the A2, then turn right into the hotel grounds.

From Dover and M2…

As you cross the River Medway and approach the steep hill, take the second exit signposted Cobham/Shorne. Follow this road until you reach a Roundabout. Take the 3rd exit which is signposted Hotel. This road will lead you to the bridge over the A2, then turn right and we are straight ahead.

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

Main Lake

Swim 1. Right hand rod no further than boundary between fountain and willow on the right. Left hand rod no further than 10 wraps.

Swim 2. No further than 10 wraps on both rods.

Swim 3. No further than 10 wraps on both rods.

Swim 4. Left hand rod No further than 6 wraps. Right hand rod no further than 10 wraps.

Swim 5. Margin swim only or 2 wraps both rods.

Swim 6. Margin swim only or 2 wraps both rods.

Swim 7. Margin swim only or 2 wraps both rods.

Swim 8. No further than 5 wraps both rods.

Swim 9. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 10. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 11. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 12. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 13. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 14. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 15. No further than 10 wraps both rods.

Swim 16. Margin swim only or 2 wraps both rods.

Swim 17. Left hand rod facing left no more than 6 wraps. Right hand rod margin only to the right or 2 wraps.

Swim 18. Left hand rod can go no further left than the fountain and 12 wraps. Right hand rod no further than 10 wraps straight out.

Storm Isha – January 2024

Fishery Maintenance

Details of the February 2024 Inn on the Lake  Main Lake fish survey can be found in this article.

Additional stocking of the Inn On The Lake

On 2nd December 2017 new carp was introduced into this fishery.

On 11th December 2021 more carp was introduced into both the main and middle lakes.

On 23rd December 2023 2 more named carp were introduced to the main lake.

For more information and photos see the Inn On The Lake restocking article.

Hotel Details

Set in 12 acres of woodland, the Inn on the Lake Hotel offers a friendly and comfortable stay in a modern, family run establishment. With excellent transport links to London, the Channel Ports and the Medway Towns, as well as the M2, M20 and M25 motorways, the stunning views across the two lakes are surprisingly tranquil and relaxing.

The Inn on the Lake has 80 comfortable guest rooms (many of them with direct access to the 2 beautiful lakes and surrounding woodland) offering luxurious en-suite bathrooms, colour satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryer,. A Fully licensed bar, conference facilities and a unique banqueting room with a 180º panoramic view of the lakes and fountain.

The Inn On The Lake, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3HB

Tel: 01474 823333


During the autumn in 2021 several work parties took place at the Inn on the Lake to improve the fishery. Some of the work done is shown below.

IOTL Swim 5 Rebuild 1

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Inn on the Lake Main Lake Swim 5 Rebuild

TWAPS Carp Competition

Entries for the Carp Competition are no longer being accepted as there are no more places available.

Entrants will be supplied with further details in due course.

A carp competition for current TWAPS Members is being organised. The details are as follows:

Venue: Inn on the Lake Main Lake

When: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2024.

Prizes: 1st place: £100, 2nd place: £50, 3rd place: £25, biggest mirror: £25, biggest common: £25.

The competition is open to all current TWAPS Members.

The competition is free to enter.

To enter contact Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff, by TEXT ONLY PLEASE (please do not phone). Please include your full name and your TWAPS membership number. Gary’s number is on your TWAPS membership card.

The competition is restricted to 15 anglers. If the competition is over subscribed an random draw will be conducted live on the TWAPS Official Facebook Group some time before the competition is due to start.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Monday 15th April 2024. Any entries that are received after this time will not be considered.

Further details will be released after the live draw, on in due course, should the live draw not be necessary.

Except for the competition, the entire Inn on the Lake fishery will be closed for the three days that the competition will be taking place.

Good luck!