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Val Dore Lakes were created specifically for the carp fishing. The six lakes are stocked with similar fish in size. Every lakes get 50 lb-plus carp to up to 74 lb.

Average weight is over 30lb now !!!

There are 2000lb of carp per hectare (1 hectare = 2,6 acres).

All swims offer a variety of interesting features and there are no crayfish and poisson-chat (a small, omnivorous type of catfish) in any of our waters...


We are lucky in France to have a soft weather to allow to the fish to grow in good conditions. In our valley “La Vallée de la Bresle” there are plenty of lakes dug for their stones : gravel pits. In all of them you find natural big carps which is favourable with their growth. Our experience says that

the best time to catch the biggest fishes are early spring (march) and late autumn (November). Usually the fish spawn late may and june but sometime when the temperatures are up they spawn earlier however they never spawn together at the same time. (don’t be afraid about it, you always can catch carps at Valdore lakes).


We recommend to use small baits (10mm to 14mm max) The fishes are feed all the winter with 10mm pellets. Prefer fishmeal boilies in spring and late autumn. Use small size hook (max n°6). Never forget that particles are very good when the fish don’t want eating boilies The best one in our water are tigernuts and sweet corn. When the water is cold you can be successful with worms or maggots…


is approximately 16 acres and is stocked with over 5 tons of carp to over 70lb and also holds catfish, a few big sturgeons (to 95 lb) and grass carp to over 42 lb.

The margins offer excellent features for holding fish; the bottom is slightly ridged with the gullies being lined with shallow silt and the ridges hard. During the autumn/winter season small hooks (6 and 8), single 10mm boilies fished with either a stringer or PVA bag is usually the most effective method. During the spring and summer months, larger hooks and baits will work. Semi-fixed heavy leads are more effective at all times. There are 6 double swims and one single swim (peg 3).

Two Cabins (chalet or shed) are set on swim 4 and 6 (option)

Depth ranges from 2 meters to 4 meters – Snag-free bed.


is approximately 13 acres and is also stocked with over 700 carp to the mid 67s along with few grass carp. And few sturgeons.

Large transmontanus sturgeon (up to 95b) can also be targeted. There are 5 double swims and 2 single swims (peg 26 and 31) available on this lake.

Depth ranges from 1 to 4 metres – Snag-free bed.

There is a single island in the middle of the lake (accessible from the bank).


is smaller at just 8 acres.

It is stocked with 2 tons of fish, primarily carp, and offers easier fishing.

The biggest carp is 62lb. Average weight is 22lb. There are 3 double swims (pegs 21 - 23 - 25 ).

The whole lake can be booked for up to 6 anglers (or 8 anglers with a maximum of 3 rods each) for £928 (1200€) per week.This lake is close to the lodge and all facilities. 

Depth ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 meters – Snag-free bed.


is approximately 8 acres and is stocked with carp. Carp in Lake 3 can reach a similar weight to those in the other lakes.

It offers 4 swims and 6 anglers maximum at any one time. The whole lake can be booked by a group of up to 6 anglers for £928 (1200€).Only whole lake booking is possible on that lake from april to october.

The biggest carp here is 62lb.

This lake is close to the office and all facilities. 

Depth ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 meters – Snag-free bed.


is approximately 13 acres and is also stocked with over 5 tons of fish with carp to 74lb and also grass carp and catfish to over 154lb !!! There are 4 double swims and 4 single swims (pegs 9, 10 , 11 and 16).

One Cabin (confortable chalet or shed) is set on swim 12 (option)

There are also perch to over 3.5lb and some very good roach if you fancy swapping a carp rod for some daytime float fishing.


is approximately 3 acres It is a RUN WATER stocked with 110 carps to the mid 56s along . It is a whole lake booking for 1 to 2 anglers maximum. (Fishing on a pool also possible). It is really next to shower block and restaurant.

Two electric points available on this lake.




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