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Where to fish ? Coarse fishing venues in Kent
- Monk lakes -

Fishing Hut
- Monk lakes -

Location in South East:
Maidstone, Kent, England.

01622 833332 or


Day Tickets:
* Day tickets cost £9.50 for one rod, £13,50 for 2 two rods and £17.50 for three rods.
* 24 hour tickets cost £25.00 for three rods.
* Catfish lake costs £25 for two rods and £25 for 24 hours.
* Specimen Lake costs £35 for 24 hours.
* Match bookings by appointment only.

Ladies and Gentlemenís toilets and disabled toilets available. A small shop stocks tackle and bait, including maggots, boilies, canned meats, pellet ground bait and flavored particle ground bait. Freshly cooked food together with all kinds of hot and cold drinks also available.

Best Baits:
Not available.

Getting There:
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Day Ticket Specimen, Pleasure and Match Fishery. Monk Lakes Limited is a 120 acre coarse fishery on the A229 just outside Maidstone in Kent, that encompasses all that is great about angling in the UK. The site currently comprises of 2 pleasure lakes, 2 bookable match lakes, a catfish lake, a specimen lake and 2,000 metres of river bank along the River Beult. In total over 45 acres of prime water for all levels of coarse anglers.
Main species include carp, barble, bream, tench, catfish, roach, chub, dace and pike.

* no Keepnets or carp sacks allowed except in matches
* all nets must be dipped before use
* unhooking mats essential
* barbless hooks only
* no fixed leads
* no nuts or beans unless supplied by Monk Lakes and no live bait or spinning
* must be in possession of a valid rod licence
* night fishing allowed by prior arrangement only.

November 2005
* Bridges Lake catch report: 21 lb Mirror caught on a feeder rod using 3 red maggots on the hook and 19 lb 8 oz mirror caught using a strawberry dumbell boilie.
* Puma Lake catch report: 15 lb 8 oz Common, 7 lb 8 oz Ghost Common and 2 x 4 lb Mirrors all caught on squid and cranberry boilies

Reader Feedback:
I think Monk Lakes is THE BEST fishery in Britain because I always catch at least 60lbs of carp, bream and tench. I am hoping to fish a PADS army match soon there. Also the facilities are good and the on site tackle shop is well stocked with quality bait and terminal tackle.
Tom - April 2011

Reader Feedback:
I am Paddy of PADS ARMY which has been associated with Monk Lakes Fishery over the last three years. The fishery is great and the staff are very polite and very helpful. The fishery have now disabled platform for disabled angler's. The owner is hoping to get a clubhouse built with toilet and showers for the disabled and able bodied anglers. I think the fishery is becoming one of the best. The Angler's Mail put the fishery in the top five in Kent.
Paddy - February 2011

Reader Feedback:
Went to Monk lakes on Sunday and fished the Bridges Lake. The staff were friendly and quite helpful. Didn't really enjoy it though for a couple of reasons: firstly the obvious one, didn't catch a thing; secondly, there was a group of kids fishing there that were on two islands and all day long they were shouting across to each other which got very annoying. The weather didn't help - it was far too windy and there isn't any cover to shelter from the wind as it is raised up and with no trees. There was a group of four of us and about five times people fishing near us kept casting over the top of us and realing in our lines. On the whole not a very enjoyable experience and don't think i'll be going back.

Reader Feedback:
I am Paddy from a charity called "PADS ARMY". I was at Monk Lakes, Staplehurst, Kent over the weekend and fished Bridge Lake from one of the disabled platforms that have been built by the owner and my charity. There is another on Puma. These platforms accommodate a wheelchair with ease. We are in talks with the owner to get some more built for the disabled anglers. I would recommend the fishery as the staff are very helpful and will give advise on where is the best place to fish. Sadly I did not catch a thing this time. Oh just a thought, we have three charity matches coming up in MAY /JULY /SEPTEMBER. Hope to see you there.
Paddy - February 2008

Reader Feedback:
On 16 August we attended Maidstone Angling Day for children, a very well run event. Both my sons caught 4-5 lb carp and are now eager to return to Monk Lakes asap. Thanks for a great day.
Ian sharpe - August 2007

NB. Please note that the opionions expressed on this page are those of the contributors only and are not necessarily enorsed by the Fish South East team.

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