The Warren Fishery

The Warren Fishery Ltd.,Wharf Road,Stanford-le-hope,Essex,SS17 0EG

The Warren Fishery in Stanford-le-hope is an established water set in the remains of the old gravel quarry, sitting on a bed of chalk that runs the Thames estuary. Many quarries were once in operation along the Thames, Gravel, Chalk and Lime, from the Mucking Creek end right through to where the Dartford/Purfleet crossing is and beyond.

Fortunately for the Warren today, the chalk aquifer rises up and feeds the waters, keeping them clear and fresh, the slightly brackish water is due to the proximity of the sea and the high PH seems to keep the fish growth compact and feisty.

The complex is set in approximately 32 acres of lands, and comprises of 4 distinct lakes all with their own unique character. The Main Lake is our specimen water, containing most freshwater species of good size. There are also the Square Lake, Tench Lake and the Match Lake. Please see each lake page for more detail.

Many changes have beset the Warren, the Shell angling section acquired the lease around 1970 (we believe) and started a programme of aqua-forming and improvement for the benefit of both refinery workers and the general public.

In about 2008, Shell decided to withdraw their support and interest, after having moved away from the area and the Shell Club and Fishery were up for new ownership. The Shell Club became the Springhouse Club and the Shell angling section at the Warren became The Warren Fishery Limited, this was finalised in 2012.

Since becoming The Warren Fishery Limited, many improvements have taken place, most noticeably the handsome toilet block that was built in 2014, but also many other improvements, ranging from stocking fish, netting, fish husbandry, swim building, swim renovations bankside work and car park improvements.

Since a local outbreak of KHV in 2015, we have adopted a net dipping regime, which must include all nets, sacks, unhooking mats and cradles etc. This is strictly reinforced and so far has prevented the spread here.

Day Ticket fishing is available on all lakes, with the exception of the Tench lake at present. Just turn up, set up, and the bailiff will be round.

If you visit, which we hope you will, please remember to take any litter home with you, as we do not have bin facilities, due to spiralling environmental costs; this is more to do with preserving wildlife, but we do not want the place looking like a tip either!

OK, we have some strict rules in place, but with a place as beautiful as the Warren, we want everyone to be able to enjoy it for many years to come, so please, respect the rules and enjoy your time here.

Remember, even if you do not catch today, taking in the beauty of the Warren is reward in itself, and there are always many friendly anglers and bailiffs to lend a sympathetic ear, or words of advice, and there’s always the tale of the ‘one that got away

Opening times are Monday to Sunday, 07.00 to 19.00 hrs. Please check the page regularly for local/seasonal updates.

Carp to over 30lb

Address: The Warren Fishery Ltd.,Wharf Road,Stanford-le-hope,Essex,SS17 0EG

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Rob - Reviewed 17th Oct 2023 at 12:45pm

I have been looking up the Warren after moving away from the area and shocked to see all lakes now members only this used to be a fantastic all species fishery now ruined for the local community by the selfishness of the commitee what a dreadful shame for young aspiring local anglers they can’t enjoy the lakes as I did when I was young

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Former committee member - Reviewed 29th Mar 2023 at 2:30pm

Shame on you removing day tickets and, I assume, access for the disabled. There are always the odd bad apples in any club or water and my own experience is that Carp Anglers were the most likely to break the rules. In fact, in my time there, a minority of committee members purchased big carp from Poland without permission and without health certificates that subsequently infected and killed many of the lakes carp.

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Member for Years - Reviewed 21st Sep 2022 at 7:30am

I now think it’s much better being members only, when fishing while day ticket persons were using the lake it was abused, was noisy, bad rigs being used, rubbish left in swims, bad fish care and treatment, Sorry to all the day ticket people but the certain few messed that up for you all.

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robert lawrence - Reviewed 27th May 2022 at 7:28pm

Fished the warren for 50 years now only the chosen few totally wrong if the local peaple cannot use the lake back fill it and build flats or open it to everyone and make proper use off a great facility.

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Basildon angler - Reviewed 23rd Apr 2022 at 8:49am

Such a shame this water is no longer available on day tickets. Since the 1970s thousands of local anglers included myself learnt to fish there

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Another local angler - Reviewed 21st Apr 2022 at 12:00am

Members only rule is a joke! I've helped maintain this lake since I was a child doing countless work parties putting phosphate in lakes etc and now had the gate closed on me, takes the Mickley!!

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Local angler - Reviewed 29th Jan 2020 at 2:18pm

They’ve pulled the ladder up we’re alright jack! And made it members only depriving the locals who haven’t been able to get on the waiting list for years of a local venue.

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