Shirkoak Fisheries is a 2.5 acre Carp and Course fishing lake excavated in 2003 by the former owners of the property in consultation with expert commercial fishery designers. It is located in a picturesque setting on Bethersden Road, ¾ mile from Woodchurch village centre.
A car park of hard-standing surface, accommodating up to 20 vehicles, sits to the front of the facility 10 feet below the level of the lake. A 12 feet deep screen of bushes and small trees between the car park and the lake ensures that it is not overlooked from the road and road noise is kept to a minimum.
A toilet facility is available.
In eight years the lake has matured and integrated perfectly with it’s natural setting, as our photographs demonstrate however, you must view it first hand to appreciate the way in which it’s designers have skilfully created a beautiful, healthy and productive fishery which blends naturally with the local environment on the outskirts of one of Kent’s most picturesque villages.
The lake has two heavily vegetated islands skilfully located to provide differing fishing channels and varying conditions from one area of the lake to another. The water depth varies between three and ten feet and the underwater and lakeside vegetation and shrubs ensure the preservation and excellent condition of the fish. The lake was initially generously stocked predominantly with Mirror Carp up to 30lbs and Common Carp up to 22lbs but also Tench, Bream, Crucian, Chub, Rudd and Roach. 15lb plus Mirror Carp are caught almost every day although the four 30lb plus fish which were included in the original stock and are often seen on the surface on hot days are wiser nowadays and more challenging to catch.
The lake attracts serious fishermen but also lends itself to relaxed family outings. We are always delighted to welcome the next generation of anglers in their early learning stages as long as they are properly supervised and tutored by parents or a responsible adult.
Shirkoak Fisheries is owned and managed by David and Amanda Clarke since October, 2007. Sometimes, but not often enough, we are assisted by our five children, Gary, Stephanie, Matthew, Maria and Mark. Gary is the one you are most likely to see if Amanda and I are not around.
We operate the lake in a reasonably relaxed fashion but, of course, expect every visitor to behave in a quiet and responsible fashion in order that the enjoyment of others is not compromised. The rules and regulations of the lake, which are featured on the appropriate page of this website and on the main board as you enter the car park, must be strictly adhered to at all times