Fishing at Inn On The Lake
See tabs below for all essential information and points of interest about fishing at Inn On The Lake (Shorne, Kent).
Due to Covid 19 lock down as of midnight Wednesday 4th November all members wanting to fish the Inn On The Lake will have to book in.
All available swims will be open, but double swims will become single swims if anglers are not from same household.
Social distancing will be adhered at all times of 2 meters. It is still not certain if night fishing is allowed, but will be confirmed by Angling trust by Thursday. The lake will be shut Wednesday 4th November at midday, and will reopen 7am Thursday morning.
To book in you will need to phone Gary Bushell between 6 pm and 7 pm. His number is on your membership card. You will be given a password to gain access to the fishery.
No booking in means no fishing.
No entry to the lakes without booking in.
Any one caught at the lakes without booking in, will be banned.
The hotel will be shut, meaning no use of toilets, or hotel bars, etc. The booking in system will last until the hotel is allowed to reopen.
Once again park in front of fence one meter apart.
If you have any questions please call Gary.
The maximum stay at the fishery will be 72 hours.
Thanks to everyone, tight lines.
Regards, Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff.
Updated: 3rd November 2020
There are three lakes in total, Large, Middle and Small. All three lakes are surrounded by woodland and look very picturesque in the sunset.
Members are allowed to fish with up to 3 rods between 1st October to 31st March inclusive (subject to having the correct number of valid Environmental Agency rod licence(s)), on the large lake only. Prior to 1st October Members may only fish with up to 2 rods. Members can only fish with up to 2 rods on the other two lakes.
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 is approximately ⅓rd 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.
Nearest postcode: DA12 3HB
Due to this fishery’s popularity, and at the request of the hotel owners, there is now a booking system in place to ensure that all TWAPS anglers have an opportunity to fish this fishery should they want to.
All booked sessions will be a maximum of 48 hours.
To book in you will need to phone Gary Bushell, Head Bailiff (his number is on your membership card) between 5pm and 7pm, not before and not after.
You will be given a password that will change as needed.
Anyone caught at the lakes at the Inn On The Lake without booking in will be banned from fishing and may lose their membership.
The Inn On The Lake fishery will close for fishing on midday on Sunday and reopen Tuesday the 19th at 8am.
Any problems please phone Gary.
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.
Billy Hargreaves with a spectacular common carp, known as ‘The Football’, weighing 29lb 7oz, caught at the Inn On The Lake during the early hours of Sunday 24th May. Lovely fish.
Matt Daniels with this lovely Common Carp weighing 25lb 2oz caught on 9th June 2020.
James Sharp with a nice 8lb 2oz pike, caught by his dad, Peter, from the small lake at the Inn on the Lake. Caught on a 3″ lure just as the light was starting to go.
Go to the Society Records page to claim a record.
Additional stocking of the Inn On The Lake
On 2nd December 2017, new carp was introduced into this fishery.
For more information and photos see the Inn On The Lake restocking article.
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