Fishing on the Potomac Lake

We’re delighted to announce that from Saturday 20 July 2019 Barnes & Mortlake Angling and Preservation Society will be carrying out work to restart fishing on the Potomac Lake under license from Gunnersbury Estate. The Society operate at two other locations in west London – Shadwells Pool near the Wetlands Centre in Barnes and the Thames Young Mariners’ Lagoon in Ham.

The Potomac Lake was created in the 1800s when clay was dug and baked for the production of chimneypots, tiles, bricks and domestic pottery; it was known as Cole’s Hole after the owner. When the Rothschild family acquired the lake they converted the kiln into a Gothic tower complete with boat house at the lower level and decorated the surrounding area with Pulhamite, a Victorian synthetic rock. After Gunnersbury Park opened to the public in the 1920s angling was practiced for many years on the Potomac and by restarting it we hope to bring back enjoyment through this traditional sport and improve management of the lake and banks as a place for nature.

Details of how you can join Barnes & Mortlake Angling and Preservation Society to fish on the Potomac will be available soon.