Carp Fishing - Dordogne, France

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Our rain-fed carp fishing lake is triangular, around three acres in size and was formed in 1979 by allowing rainwater to fill a damned valley. The bottom is mostly clay with some silt around the wooded marginal areas.

Carp Fishing, Bergerac, Dordogne, France The lake bottom follows the natural contours of the valley shelving gradually upwards from the deepest point at the centre of the damn, where the depth is around four metres, towards the sloping margins on the lake's other two sides.

The main body of water is snag free, although as with most natural waters, the margins offer some refuge for bolting fish with clumps of bulrushes, marsh grass and over-hanging trees. There are also patches of elodea out in the middle of the lake.

This is not some sterile, recently-dug carp fishing holiday venue the likes of which you often find when carp fishing in France. It's a natural, mature carp lake with plenty of interesting features.

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Come carp fishing in France and catch a 47lb+ carp...

An angler's paradise!! The carp lake was restocked in 2008 with more than half a ton of big carp in readiness for the start of the 2009 carp fishing holiday season. Although this included a handful of high doubles, the vast majority were twenties, thirties and forties. As anyone taking a carp fishing holiday in France will know, these carp will grow rapidly in the coming years, particularly here in the warm, sunny climate of South West France.

As well as big carp over 47lb and catfish over 85lb, the lake also contains a variety of mixed coarse fish, such as black bass, perch, roach and sun fish. And if you walk quietly past the trees on the damned bank during the summer you may spot the sun-bathing terrapins before they plop back into the water to await your departure. The carp lake is also visited by a wide assortment of other creatures, including wild boar, stags, roe deer, buzzards, falcons, owls, woodpeckers, swallows and kingfishers - though not usually all at once!

... plus a 30lb+ linear and 85lb catfish too!!

Much to our delight a number of true linear carp happened to come out when our fish were being netted at the fish farm, including one of 32lb. True linears with a complete set of scales on the lateral line are extremely rare and a linear above 30lb is rarer still and a real specimen worth hunting for. Unfortunately, it was late when the fish arrived at our lake and in our haste to get the new arrivals into the carp lake we neglected to take a photo of our prize, but we will post one as soon as it re-emerges!

In order to keep down the numbers of small nuisance fish we also added a number of big catfish to the carp lake. They may not be as pretty as the linear carp, but these fish can give you a great fight. Do remember to bring appropriate end tackle though if you fancy having a crack at them during your carp fishing holiday.

Catch some Big Wildies while carp fishing in France

The new fish supplemented the exising stock of mixed coarse fish, which included a good head of wild carp. The local farmers wink and tell us that there were already monsters in our lake before the restocking, although the biggest wildie we've seen to date was around 15lb. Mind you, that's quite a size for a wild carp and definitely something worth getting your hooks into.

Carp Fishing - Dordogne, France