Where to Catch Carp

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Carp Venues in Europe

Although less popular on the west side of the Atlantic, in the UK and mainland Europe, carp are one of the most sought after species among leisure anglers. If you fancy a change of scenery, here are the pick of the best venues.

UK

Anglers Paradise – Devon

Twelve beautiful lakes, well stocked with a variety of fish from large – Carp, Golden Tench, Golden Orfe, Blue Orfe, Golden Rudd, Goldfish, Shubunkins, Grass Carp, Wells Catfish and Koi. Quiet, peaceful surroundings set on 250 acres. Nice facilities for day trips or extended stay. There is something here for the whole family beyond the excellent fishing – from recreation to luxury accommodations.

Avalon Fisheries – Somerset

The complex offers 3 unique lakes in the heart of Shapwick wetlands. One is used as a match lake and the other for specimen fishing and one is a syndicate lake. There is also a conservation area. You will find a nice variety of coarse fish such as roach, rudd, bream, carp, ghost carp, crucian carp, tench, perch and pike. With several carp into the double figures. Night sessions available.

A large car park and toilet facilities are available. Day Tickets and tackle can be purchased at the shop, or from the Bailiff, also on-site.

Bagwood Lake – Bristol

A single lake, part of Woodlands Golf and Country Club. It has a nice supply of about 250 Carp, weighing up to 35lbs. Tickets are required for fishing – both day and night as well as 24 hour tickets available.

Barons Ponds. MBK Leisure – Hampshire

Two ponds with a total of 82 pegs. Some very large carp call this home as well as some good sized roach and perch (over 2lb). Excellent site for fishing during wintertime. Few accommodations, but they have the basics – ample and easy parking, a toilet and easily accessible pegs.

Beaver Farm Fishery – Surrey

A lot of variety in these 10 lakes. You will find grass carp, mirror carp, common carp all up to about 25+lbs as well as catfish over 35 lb, bream, tench, roach, rudd, golden rudd, ide, skimmers, golden rudd, perch, pike and more can also be caught here. Match and specimen lakes on the property with night fishing available as well as nice facilities including tackle shop and café offering delivery right to your swim. Also available for private bookings.

BK Fisheries – St. Erth, Nr Hayle, Cornwall

The 2 ponds are bordered by the river Hayle in beautiful and peaceful Cornish countryside open 7 days a week. You will find very large bream (recorded up to 16lb) as well as Roach (up to 1.5lb), Rudd and Perch (up to 3.5lb), Tench (up to 4lb), Crucian, Common and Mirror Carp (up to 20lb).

Day permits and extended holiday passes are available. Tackle shop on premises.

Blackland Lakes – Wiltshire

The ½ acre ‘Stan’s Lake’ and the full acre ‘Heron Lake’ boast carp of 30+ lbs! Additionally, you will find tench, roach, rudd, perch, bream and gudgeon. The crucians and tench get up to about 6lb, while the bream and perch can make 3+lb, the roach almost 3lb, and finally the golden tench at or near the 5lb mark.

The complex allows for extended stay camping and offers toilet, showers and laundry facilities. A fully stocked tackle and bait shop is also on-site.

Blyton Ponds – Blyton, Lincolnshire

A very interesting option with a nice variety of accommodations. There are 4 ponds stocked with a number of different species; good for fishing all year round. Club matches and floodlit night fishing can be done here – the latter only being allowed on pond B and must be booked in advance. Pond C is only open for day ticket fishing on weekends. There 2 bedroom static caravans on pond C which have central heating and their own private pegs. Also available are 3 bedroom courtyard caravans and Bed & Breakfast chalets; all with central heating, which can be reserved in conjunction with private pegs on pond C.

A full service café is open for breakfast and lunch (and dinner by appointment). There are off-site pubs within a short walk to the village center.

Bowsaw and Billhook Lake – Hampshire

This site offers 2 small-medium sized lakes (1.7 and 1.4 acres, respectively) located in picturesque countryside, adjacent the village of Odiham. Mirror carp have been caught here weighing up to 36lbs along with many mirrors and commons being recorded in the double digits. 29 total swims.

Day tickets and matches are allowed as well as night passes by appointment. Basic facilities only – car park and toilets located conveniently on the grounds.

Boyd Valley Lake – Bristol

A single lake at the southern edge of the Cotswolds in an area known as Golden Valley, near Bitton. 12 anglers can be accommodated here but must purchase a day ticket in advance. Matches are regularly held here as well. The lake is open 7 days a week from 7 o’clock in the morning until dark, all year. Well stocked with over 10,000 fish. You will find Mirror & Common Carp in the double figures along with Bream, Tench, Chub, Barbel and Roach.

Boyer Leisure – Middlesex/ Buckinghamshire

Boyer Leisure boasts a number of still waters and river banks in the west London area; primarily in Middlesex and Buckinghamshire counties – Amerden Pool, Bedfont Lake, Colnbrook West Lake, Farlows Lake, Harefield Lake, Mayfields Lake, Old Slade Lane Lake, Orlitts Lake, River Thames Taplow, River Colne Uxbridge, Rodney Meadow, Stockley Lake, and Thorney Pool.

Accommodations and pricing vary greatly in these venues, so we recommend you check their website for details.

Bradford No1 Angling Association – Yorkshire

Talk about variety. This association boasts 83 venues including lakes, rivers, canals and ponds, throughout the Yorkshire Area. As you would expect, nearly all species of carp, spanning the full gamut of sizes can be found (as well as Trout and Cat Fish and many more species). Matches are allowed on some waters. There are two dedicated carp ponds along with specimen lakes for Bream, Carp and Pike.

Accommodations and pricing vary greatly in these venues, so we recommend you check their website for details.

Brayton Pond – Aspatria Cumbria

Real, live, wild carp can be found in these waters (one of the few places left all of the UK). With views of the Northern Fells and Scottish Hills, this 8-acre lake with two scenic islands is a uniquely beautiful spot, boasting first-class accommodations. As day passes are not allowed, you will need to contact Barrie Ward, or for information have a look here.

Bridge Lake – Norfolk

There is a 5 acre specimen lake and 2 match / pleasure ponds that are well maintained and boast many desirable features including reed bars, lily pads, overhanging trees / bushes as well as very desirable margins. Stocked with 120+ double digit Carp (up to 25lbs). Also available at this location is a 300 yd stretch of the River Wensum, where you might catch Barble (up to 13lb), Chub (up to 7lb), and Roach (up to nearly 3lb). Season tickets and day passes are available.

Broadlands Lakes – Hampshire

There are a total of four lakes with the principal lake being a 26 acre fishery. There are literally thousands of double digit carp hundreds weighing in over 20lb’s. Additionally, some Carp have been caught in these waters up to 35lb’s, Grass Carp up to 25lb’s. Pike, Tench, Roach and Bream are also available. Only basic amenities onsite but there are features for the disabled – including secure platforms and convenient carpark.

Browning Cudmore Fisheries – Staffordshire

A lot of variety all in one place. Here you will have the choice of 12 different pools from ½ to 5 acres. One of the larger fishing complexes in the UK; you can find quality fishing here all year long. With so much water, variety of fish species and 320 pegs this venue lives up to its premier status and really does offer “Something for everyone” – as their slogan states. You will find Barbel, Chub, Bream, Tench, Pike, Perch and Catfish swimming these holes and yes, plenty of Carp, some weighing in above the 30lb mark.

Several competitive matches are held here each year so it would be prudent to check first for availability.

Burn Valley Fisheries – Fakenham Norfolk

Located just outside of Fakenham in Norfolk on the B1355 heading to Burnham Market. South Creake Fishing Lakes offer day passes (dawn to dusk) and occasionally host competitive matches. Economical pricing compensates for the very basic facilities available at this venue. The 3 acre lake will provide you a chance to catch a variety of fish from Common carp, Tench, roach, rudd and bream with some carp in the 20-30lb range.

Caistor Fisheries Ltd. – Lincolnshire

Nestled along the edge of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds very near the old Roman town of Caistor; you will enjoy very scenic surroundings. Day and night fishing is available at this location but the tickets are purchased separately. Caravanning sites are in place now with decent utilites for both men and women. Additionally, hot and cold drinks and snacks are available in the café/shop. As for the three ponds themselves, they are well stocked with Common Carp up to 22lb, Mirror Carp to 15lb and Crucian up to 3lb. You will also find Perch, Tench, Roach, Barbel, Chub, Bream and Ide in these waters.

Economical day tickets available. Basic facilities and some refreshments are offered.

Cobbleacre Park – Norfolk Nr Norwich

With 5 top quality fishing lakes and 1 Specimen Lake, this complex offers something for both the novice and advanced angler. Who knows? You might even catch one of the several carp over 35lbs that can be found in these waters.
The complex itself offers caravanning facilities, perfect for weekends and fishing holidays. Several competitive matches are hosted here throughout the year as well.

Darenth Fishing Complex – Kent

A total of 12 lakes and ponds of various sizes can be found at this complex offering Carp, Pike and catfish. Prices vary depending on the particular lake. Day and night tickets are available but no fishing is allowed after dark or overnight. Basic facilities are available including car park, toilets and a club house.

Earith Lakes – Cambridgeshire

Earith Lakes Fisheries boasts 3 beautiful lakes (12 acre Trout lake, 17 acre Coarse lake and a ¾ acre conventional coarse fishing / pleasure fishing lake). According to their website “The 15 acre Carp Lake is stocked with some lovely Carp to over 40lb. 2014 saw 88 30lb+ captures including 34 fish over 35lb”. There are other smaller ponds on the 36+ acre property. Day/half day tickets and coarse fishing membership on a syndicate basis are offered. Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

Elphicks Fisheries – Kent

A coarse Fishery offering a total of 7 lakes, with all its facilities designed and built with the modern angler (and the disabled angler) in mind. For example, each swim has its own parking site within easy access. Additionally, each approach is “all-weather” for easy access no matter the conditions. Bathrooms, Hot & cold food and drink as well as a Bait and tackle shop are all located conveniently on-site.

Ticket options and prices vary. More details are available are on the website.

Emerald Pool Lakes – Somerset

The eight acre site offers 4 lakes (pools) set in the scenic Somerset levels Tickets are available all year long and night fishing can be arranged (prior approval required). A Variety of Carp are well stocked in these pools including mirrors, commons, ghost, leathers and koi. The majority of swims & areas are disabled friendly and all have easy access for the able-bodied.

Toilet facilities are also available, as well as hot and cold refreshments at the kiosk.

Everton Grange Lakes – Hampshire

There are two smaller lakes on this property, the largest of which is stocked with both Carp and Tench. However, the larger lake is primarily for targeting Carp which can reach 35lbs (although there are Tench in this lake that reach up to 10lb). The smaller lake being mainly for Tench fishing.

Fishing is available all year round from 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset. No guest or day tickets are issued – only RDAA permit holders are allowed on site. Also noteworthy is that a club key is required for entry and access to parking and there are no toilet facilities or disabled parking spots.

Foxholes Fisheries – Northamptonshire

These are Season Ticket lakes providing specimen carp fishing (up to 40lb). Located in a very safe and secluded spot just off the A428 between Crick and West Haddon in Northamptonshire. Short Stay/ Holiday Fishing (minimum 4 days) is also available on these lakes. Fishing is open for summer season ticket and holiday ticket holders only. Night fishing is available to members.

Members will find easy access to all lakes, secure car parking (accessed through a locked gate; members are issued their own key), as well as toilet and shower facilities.

Frant Lakes – Kent

Frant Lakes – Located close to the village of Bells Yew Green near Tunbridge Wells – offers both mixed and specimen fishing. There are a total of 8 lakes set in 200 acres of parkland. Also on the property is a fifty swim portion of the River Teise. Carp are routinely caught from these waters in the 30 – 40lb range.

This property boasts well rounded facilities – everything an angler might want or need can probably be found on-site. For example, the newest building features a pristine cafe (with outside patio) and ‘Sandra’s tackle shop’; open 24hrs. There is also a shower suite for overnight anglers, and – get this – they even have a cafe that delivers to your swim! As their website says “you’ll never need to go home again!”

Disabled anglers will be pleased to learn that there are more than 20 dedicated swims with adjacent parking for easy access. Day and night tickets are available as well as matches and private hire.

Furnace Lakes – West Sussex

This fishery is great for pleasure anglers and Specimen Carp fishing (100’s of carp in the 20-30lb range across the lakes, with some weighing in at 40+lbs). There are 6 lakes set in stunning Sussex woodland. In addition to a car park, the estate boasts 3 lodges which are all equipped with hot / cold water, fridge, microwave ovens and kettles, for use free of charge.

Management offers complementary transport for fisherman and their gear and, coming soon, an on-site café that will offer delivery right to your swim!

Tickets are available for the day or for the week and everything in between. See site for full details.

Furnace Mill Fisheries – Worcestershire

A Coarse Fishery located in the outstanding countryside of the Wyre Forest. The site provides four pools for pleasure and match use and is also available for private hire (club trips, parties or corporate events, etc). Crucian carp are plentiful, with Common and mirror carp weighing in at double figures, as well as Ghost Carp up to 15lbs.

On-site facilities include toilets and a café. All dates must be booked in advance and space is limited so it is advisable to visit the website first to check for availability.

Greenridge Farm Coarse Fishery – Hampshire

This coarse fishery is ideal for both pleasure and match fishing. The 4 canals and specimen lake are stocked with an abundance of carp in the double digits with some nearing the 30lb mark – the specimen lake in particular, is brimming with double figure fish. While you can find your standard variety of coarse fish, the stock is predominantly Carp including Koi, Ghosts, Mirrors and Commons (record of 28lb).

Day and night concessions are available. Facilities include car park and toilets.

Heron Lake Carp Fishery – Bedfordshire

A secure and secluded syndicate 6 acre estate in the Bedfordshire countryside near the River Ouse and nature reserve. Located just off the A1 and A428 junctions near St. Neots on the Wyboston Lakes complex. The lake itself boasts 3 islands, 13 top quality swims and dozens of Mirror and Common carp weighing into the 40+lb range. These excellent swims are enhanced by gravel bars, lily pads and great bank side cover.

Toilets are conveniently located on the grounds and members are also allowed access to the nearby golf club’s toilets and showers. Caravan facilities are offered on-site with full cooker, coffee and tea station. Off-site facilities nearby include several take-away options and a filling station with ATM. Members are issued a key to the secure car park and all vehicles are logged in and out.

Members only. No day tickets.

Highway Farm – Dorset

2 smaller spring-fed lakes are well sheltered on a sprawling property located on the south side of the A35 between the West Bay roundabout and Chideock. Children/beginners will enjoy the abundance of Roach and Rudd (fishing classes are offered), while the advanced anglers likely set their sights on the carp that have grown into the double figures. Farmhouse B&B and Ganders cottage on site.

A variety of day, guest and week passes are available, but night fishing is not allowed. Full facilities are available for day use or you can even stay for extended holiday by booking one of the full-service cottages on-site.

Hillside Fishery – Commercial Street, Loveclough

Situated just outside Burnley, this complex boasts a total of 5 lakes (3 original and 2 new). One of the newer lakes is Specimen Lake stocked with 70 carp ranging from 10lb to 27.5lbs, while the other is used mostly for matches. There is a large car park as well as toilet facilities, a small bait shop and a café on-site.

Day and night ticket options are available in a variety of combinations and prices. See website for more details.

Hinckley Angling Club – Hinckley, Leicestershire

This solitary lake is located on Barwell Lane in Hinckley, close to the Asda superstore, and is not to be confused with the larger pit which is adjacent to the Asda superstore. This is a true angler’s Club which has been in operation for over 80 years and run by avid fisherman dedicated to preserving the lake and its fish population. Speaking of which, there is a good head of Bream, Roach, Rudd, Tench, pike, Crucians and Carp to over 20lb.

Yearly memberships are available and are good for the entire 12 months from date of purchase.

Hordle Lakes – Hampshire

A total of 7 lakes and ponds are set in 11 acres of woodland surroundings, close to the Dorset and Wiltshire Borders offering superb fishing year round. Throughout the complex you will find specimen sized fish of all coarse varieties (Bream, Tench, Perch, Rudd, Chub and Roach). However, the premier fishing is for the big carp that swim these waters in the 30lb range. Day tickets, matches and night fishing (by appointment) are available.

Basic facilities including car park, toilets and refreshments are available on-site. Some swims are designed for easy access with the disabled angler in mind.

Kingfisher Lakes & Apartments – Norfolk

All 4 fishing lakes are set within a private Wensum Valley estate and include a nice stretch of the River Wensum. As part of Kingfishers, there is also private access to a further mile of the River Wensum in Lenwade. All told, this allows for some truly amazing carp fishing, with many Carp over the 40lb mark common in these waters.

FRANCE

La Taberge – Ille et Vilaine (NW France)

5 acre lake with a maximum occupancy of 6 anglers. Designed for holiday fishing with cottages on-site.

Domaine de Bouxier – Allier (Auvergne, Central France)

The lake is stocked with about 700 carp, ranging from 15lb – 58lb. All swims have easy access by car. Prices range from €350 / week for 1 angler & €600 for 2 anglers. There is a holiday home available for rent at €490 euro per week.

Etang de Mont – Allier (Auvergne, Central France)

A 45 acre lake which can accommodate up to 15 anglers. There are a total of 9 swims, one of which is an island pitch and all of which are equipped with luxury tents which are furnished with all the necessities to enjoy an extended fishing holiday. If you like creature comforts on your fishing holiday then this is a great option.
The lake is stocked with about 1000 Mirror and Common carp from 16-60lbs. Prices are €350 for 1 angler & €600 for 2 anglers per week. Non-anglers are invited for a lower fee of 80 euro. Open from March – October.

Les Salles – Haute Marne (Champagne, Northern France)

A 42 acre lake stocked with 300 Commons and Mirros between 27-57lbs. Open from March through November, all swims have easy access by car and reasonable weekly rates of €300 / angler and €50 for the non-angler. There are 5 double swims allowing for a maximum of 10 anglers per week. The complex does have sanitary facilities on site with toilets, sinks and a re-charging station for your tech. For extended holiday fishing, there is a mobile home on the property that can be rented for €100 for 1 person, €150 for 2 persons and €200 for 3 persons.

Domaine Madagascar – Indre (Central France)

One large lake (75 acres) and one smaller lake (10 acres) are home to 600 carp weighing in from 20-57lbs. Not all swims are accessible by car, some require a bit of a hike. There are a total of 16 swims available to a maximum 28 weekly anglers.

Posted rates for anglers are: €250 /week, €180 /midweek, €150 /weekend, while non-anglers only pay €5 per day. There are holiday rentals (1 home and 1 studio) available for rent – the home at €500 /week; €360 /midweek; €300 /weekend and the studio at €250 /week, €180 /midweek, €150 /weekend. Toilet, shower and bait facilities on site.

Marcusans – Marne (Northern France)

This 32 acre lake offers 10 ample swims allowing for, you guessed it, 10 total anglers (all of which are accessible by car). The lake boasts a large stock of Mirror and Common Carp between 30-40lbs, with the largest weighing in just shy of 70lbs!

Showers & toilets are on-site, clean, well equipped and spacious. There’s electricity and running water and the owner will take care of your garbage and also offers to recharge your electronics.

Martin’s Lakes – Forêt de la Double (Western France, near Bordeaux)

A 7 acre lake in a rural setting is ideal for fishing in peace and quiet and well-stocked with commons, mirrors, linear mirrors, fully plated mirrors and three leathers ranging from the high double digits to upwards of 47lbs. There is a maximum of 5 anglers allowed at all times.

The 80 acre property boasts a chalet with complete facilities as well as cottages available for rent for extended holiday use. There is also a pool on the grounds.

Pricing is as follows: 230€ per angler; Cottage: July & August: 1040€/week (up to 6 persons max); rest of the year: 780€/week; Exclusive Booking (entire facility): Cottage + 7 acre lake: 1600€/week in July & August. Rest of the year: 1400€/week

Cavagnac – Aveyron (Southern France)

This large (52 acre) lake is set in scenic woodlands where you are just as likely to see native deer sipping from the water as you are to catch one of the 600 carp living here. With hundreds of fish over 20lbs and dozens over 40lbs, you are likely to have athe trip of a lifetime. Who knows you might even catch some of the monster carp that have been recorded here between 70-85lbs!

The management offers a full complement of facilities including toilet, shower, lodge, dining room used for breakfast lunch and dinner. There are options for extended stay as well as full service packages which include airport pick-up, boat rental, bait and other equipment. Basic fees are: € 300 per angler and € 50 per non-angler with upgrades and all-inclusive available for additional fees.

Etang La Brie – Haute Marne (Northern France, Champagne)

You will find 150 commons & mirrors from 25 – 60lbs on this lovely 15 acre lake set in the forest. With just two established swims; it is ideal for exclusive bookings of groups of no more than 4 anglers and 4 non-anglers. Lakeside camping is permitted for extended stays with newly constructed toilet, shower and power charging facilities on-site. There is a village nearby with shopping as well as a B & B if you require comfortable lodgings.

Exclusive booking: €1300 EUR for max 4 anglers and 4 non-fishing guests. There is a boat on site which can be used free of charge by the anglers.

Villedon – Vienne (Central France)

A 100 acre, river fed lake with numerous bays and peninsulas. Most of the swims are only available by boat, but it is worth the effort because there are hundreds of carp in the high double digits with many in the 70+ range! There are a total of 21 swims on the lake which means these waters can sustain up to about 30 anglers at a time.
On-site facilities include a restaurant (with optional delivery to your swim), sanitary station, a tackle shop and nice private accommodations for extended stay.

Prices:
anglers: 375 Euros/week, boat included
non-fishing guests: 50 Euros/week
2 person cabin: 300 Euros/week
6 person holiday home: 500 Euros/week
electro motor: 50 Euros/week

The price for the holiday home includes non-fishing guests. Fishing is NOT included in the rental price of the cabin and the home. All anglers pay 375 Euros/week for fishing.

La Renarde – Aube (Northern France, Champagne)

The tranquil 25 acre lake has a varied stock of small, medium and large carp (up to around 60lbs). So, beginner and expert fisherman will enjoy fishing the lake’s 4 double swims (all of which are accessible by car). Newly constructed facilities provides the bare necessities – a wooden sanitary block with running water and electricity, while the nearby town offers anything else you may need to round out your holiday – bars, restaurants, shops, etc.

Prices are fairly reasonable at 275€ per week / angler and 50 € per week / non-angler.

Château Moulin – Limousin (Central France)

This 44 acre lake situated amidst the lush Oak and Pine forest of central France boasts 600 big carp between 20-62lbs. The 18 swims will accommodate a maximum of just 10 anglers at a time, with most of the swims being easily accessible by foot. And, the bailiff will actually help you get your gear to the swim if needed! There is a large secure parking area and basic facilities on grounds.

It’s important to know that pre-booking is not available; it’s first come first serve. Every saturday at 12.00 o’clock there is a draw to determine who gets in.

Grosley – Normandy (Northern France)

There are two lakes on this property, about 29 and 10 acres, respectively. A very secure complex; it offers a bar / restaurant with year round food service and all the necessary sanitary facilities. There is also a charging station. There are a couple dozen swims to choose from which will accommodate about 16 anglers max, with all swims having good access by car. There is a nice mix of mirrors and fully-scaled mirror carp, along with some beautiful commons. Many range from 20 – 40lbs; the record being a solid 59lbs.

Reasonable and varied pricing at 280 € per week, 180 € per midweek 150 € per weekend. Non-anglers pay 50€ per week, 30€ per midweek, 25€ per weekend.

Iktus – Pyrénées Atlantiques (Southern France)

Set on a sprawling 250 acre estate, this beautiful venues boasts two lakes of 87 acres and 40 acres; accommodating 25 and 12 anglers each, respectively. On site is a small tackle shop, sanitary building, clubhouse, some bungalows, and a secure perimeter with 24h surveillance.

Between the two lakes there are over 1000 mirror and common carp weighing between 12 nad 70lbs! There is also Koi and Grass carp in the double figures as well as large catfish, sturgeon, pike and black bass.

There are several little bungalows available for rent from 1 – 3 bedrooms. However you must bring your own blankets and towels. Pricing ranges from 300 – 350 Euros for the small bungalows (max. 2 persons) and 400 to 640 Euros for the bigger bungalows. With easy but slightly distant access to the swims at about 500 m.

Vaumigny – Vienne (Central France)

Open from March – November, this 25 acre lake boasting half its carp stock over 30lbs with some coming in at 50+lbs. The 18 swims can accommodate up to 16 anglers and about half have easy access by vehicle while the rest can be reached by foot. All basic facilities are found here – toilet, shower, electricity, and washbasin. There is also a fridge and freezer and wifi.

Angler pricing: 250 Euros/week; Non-fishing Guests: 100 Euros/week; Boat Rental: 80 Euros/week. Pre-booking is now allowed.

Brigueuil – Limousin (Central France)

This 25 acre lake in Central France is open all year long and is close to some local amenities. The 12 swims are able to accommodate up to 15 anglers with most having access by foot and just a few accessible by car. The facilities are really first class while still maintain all the natural beauty of the surrounding French countryside. The carp here reach up to around 60lbs.

There are all the expected facilities – bathroom, shower, electricity, and even a freezer to keep your bait. If you are looking for a family get away, there is a 2 bedroom holiday home on site available for rent.

Prices…Anglers: 300 €/Week (Sat-Sat), 150€/Weekend only (Sat-Tue) and 200€/Midweek (Tue-Sat); non-Anglers: 10 € per day; Holiday home: 1000 €/Week (Sat – Sat) (price includes 2 Anglers and 2 non-Anglers); Double Room: 55€/night, breakfast included.

La Horre – Aube (Northern France, Champagne)

A marquee property boasting a 271 acre lake allowing for a maximum of 28 anglers from March – November. The stock is estimated at around 2000 carp between 20-62lbs. The bathroom and shower facilities are on-site and available 24 hours a day

Prices are reasonable at 300 € per week for anglers and just 35 € per week for non-anglers.

Brocard – Aube (Northern France, Champagne)

This venue boasts 2 lakes for a total of 60 fishable acres with a third lake being used as a nurse pond and not for fishing. Up to 22 anglers can enjoy fishing for the 860 carp which weigh between 12-60lbs. Bathrooms, showers and electricity are on-site and bait is available for purchase.

Prices are 275 €/week for anglers (Sat – Sat), while non-Anglers will pay 50 €/week.

Carrière – Normandy (Northern France)

This large complex boasts easy access off the A16. The five lakes vary in size and composition from 10 – 39 acres and can facilitate a maximum 25 fisherman from April through October. There are about 1500 carp that call these waters home from 20 – 50lbs.

There are toilets, showers as well as kitchen and dining areas on-site, with shops and restaurants in the nearby town just a few minutes’ drive away. Prices are as follows: Anglers 280 €/Week; Non-Anglers: 280 €/Week.

Etang 5 – Oise (Northern France, Picardie)

This rustic 101 acre lake has a maximum capacity of 20 anglers on 20 spacious swims with easy car access. With many carp over the 40lb mark, you are sure to have a great time fishing. Facilities are limited to WC’s with no showers yet on-site. There are shops, restaurants and bakeries in the nearby village.

Price per fisherman is 500€ per week, with weekend rates at 225€ and midweek access available for 300€; Nnon-fishing guests will pay 10€ per day.

Jonchery – Aube (Northern France, Champagne)

This well-known and well established lake has over 450 carp between 18 and 58lbs. The 7 double swims can hold up to 14 anglers, and all have good acces by car. A separate building houses the WC’s and showers, as well as a small kitchen with fridge and freezer. The nearby village also offers a few shops and restaurants.

Price per Angler = 300 € per week; price per non-Angler = 50 € per week. Peg 7 has a slightly higher price tag at 325 € per week.

La Vallee – Oise (Northern France)

Open all year long, this large (120 acre) lake is home to about 1200 carp with weights up to about 55lbs. The 22 swims can accommodate up to 20 anglers with some swims (island) only accessible by boat.

There are showers, bathrooms and re-charging outlets on property as well as basic kitchen facilities with the convenience of a fridge, freezer and microwave. Nearby is a village which offers a few options in bars, restaurants and shopping.

Angling passes cost 300 € per week; 200 € midweek and 180 € per weekend. Non-Anglers will pay just 35€ per week; 20€ midweek and 15€ per weekend

GERMANY

Kölpinsee – Milmersdorf (Berlin, North East Germany)

This 333 acre lake is situated in a heavily wooded forest just a few hours North of Berlin. Reportedly, there are large carp in the lake well into the double figures. However, there are also many other species such as Pike and Catfish, so you best be prepared for anything. This venue is probably best suited for the rugged outdoorsman and experienced boater because there are no established swims on this lake and the shores are not easy to access by foot. Boating is recommended.

Prices are very reasonable though – you can expect prices between 10 and 20 euro for day tickets while boat rental and night fishing are also available for an additional, but modest, fee.

Big Carp Lake – Canow (Berlin, North East Germany)

Secluded in the middle of a large preserve, this 33 acre lake offers 7 distinct swims for a maximum of 2 anglers. Some of the swims are easily accessible by foot while others (moored pontoons) are accessible only by boat. You better be up to a challenge to fish these waters, given that there is a relatively low stock of carp given the vastness of the lake – only about 70 commons and a few grass carp live here. However, the average weight is about 30 lbs for the commons and 20lbs for the Grass, with the record fish being a common near 50lbs.

There are boat rentals, lodgings and a restaurant nearby. With the limited number of fisherman permitted on any given day, you best reserve in advance. Prices are as follows: Day ticket per angler = 70,00 €; 2 day ticket = 130 €; 1 week = 300 €; 2 week = 500 €

You can book an organized carp holiday through Mueritzfischer.de

Loppiner Lake – Jabel (Berlin, North – North East Germany)

This 87 acre lake bordering private land offer organized fishing holidays from a few different operators including mueritzfischer and Scheune. Lodging and full facilities are usually included in these holiday tours, but day or weekly passes may still have to be purchased separately.

If you like fishing the margins, this may be a nice option since margin depths can get down to nearly 8m. However, there are also fish rich shallow fishing swims around the lake as well. So, take your pick.

Day tickets per angler = 40 €; Weekly pass = 160 €; 2 Week pass = 220 €

You can book organized carp holidays through Mueritzfischer.de or Scheune-am-loppiner-see.de

Krugsee / Krogsee / “Crooked Lake” – Jabel (Berlin, North – North East Germany)

Located on conservation land near Loppiner Lake, this 74 acre lake has a 3 angler limit which is strictly enforced. There 3 designated swims and boats are not allowed. Remote controlled bait boats are allowed as casting from shore can be difficult due to the thick forest around the margin. The advantage is that you are sure to enjoy the peace and quiet of fishing in the unique natural setting.

Pricing per angler, per day = 30 €; Weekly pass = 80 €; 2 Week pass = 110 €

Again, you can book organized carp holidays in Germany through Mueritzfischer.de.

Mühlensee – Jabel (Berlin, North – North East Germany)

This 35 acre lake is reportedly home to a large carp stock that is decades old (at least back to the 1980’s). So, you are likely to find many carp in the high double figures here. Shore fishing is difficult here. Most fishing is done by boat with a central private landing dock being easily accessible.

We can tell you that the number of day tickets that are issued here is limited, so be sure to make your arrangements well in advance.

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