Fishing at Inn On The Lake
The Inn on the Lake 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.
See tabs below for all essential information and points of interest about fishing at Inn On The Lake (Shorne, Kent).
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
Common and mirror carp up to 20lb
Pike up to 6lb
Roach up to 1lb
Bream up to 4lb
Tench up to 5lb
Common and mirror carp
Skimmers (small bream)
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 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.1
Nearest postcode: DA12 3HB
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.
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. Left hand rod aiming towards willow next to swim 1 no further than 10 wraps. Right hand rod no further than 6 wraps straight out.
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.
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.
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
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.