In 1992, SDAA undertook an ambitious plan to purchase land and design a purpose built mixed fishery. After finding a suitable site at Cooper Street, Ash the Channel Tunnel diggers were re-deployed to excavate a 7800 m2 lake with two islands. Since then, the site has been carefully managed with the planting of trees, reeds and lilly pads and the stocking and management of a wide selection of fish species. Now Swallowbrook Lake is well established as one of the premier mixed fisheries in East Kent. With immaculate carp to double figures, quality roach and rudd,  big perch plus some large bream, crucian carp and numerous ide (the silver form of the golden orfe). This fishery is one of, if not the best in the area. It is also one of the most peaceful local fisheries being well away from any main roads or other sources of noise pollution.

Depths range from four to six feet and shelves can be found close in and near the islands. Carp can be caught close to the island and marginal features using the usual baits such as floating crust, luncheon meat and pellets. The fish are lean, mean fighting-machines so don't fish too light! Pole-fishing with maggot, caster and pellet can amass some super bags of silver fish with match weights over twenty pounds not uncommon. The Ide are growing quickly and recently fish over two pounds have been caught. These can be caught all around the lake (with maggot the best bait) and Swallowbrook is the only fishery in the area to stock them. The lake also holds some quality perch with red maggot or red-worm fished deep near the reeds the effective method. Crucians are fond of pellets as are the lakes bream and tench both species are in fine condition and can give a good fight on light gear. Fishing shallow with caster is effective for the ide and golden rudd and roach to one pound can be caught on maggot or caster.

The lake is permanently pegged and the top spots are pegs 12-14, peg 8 and all four corner pegs, please note we often close swims for improvement to be carried out.  Due to the quality fishing on offer several matches are fished at Swallowbrook throughout the year, please check beforehand and, if there is a match on, why don't you come along and try your luck?

Parking as available in secure car park. The gates MUST be locked at all times and secured with the combination lock at all times.

Rules for Swallowbrook Lake

Please refer to the rules and byelaws of the Association contained in your membership book. These have been set down to try to ensure the on-going health of our fisheries and the wildlife which inhabits them. Please read them and comply with them when you visit our waters since rule-breakers face the threat of expulsion from the club and pleading ignorance of the byelaws is no excuse. Notices of key byelaws for each lake are posted on the lake noticeboards.