The Val Dore complex offers two mature tree and reed-lined gravel pits for catfishing located in northern France and only 75 minutes away from Boulogne and 90 minutes from Calais or le Havre.
The lakes, set within the Vallée de la Bresle, are over 40 years old.
LAKE 1 : is approximately 16 acres and is stocked with over 5 tons of fish with carp running to 74 lbs along with a few grass carp, big transmontanus sturgeons and big catfish.
There are 8 double swims and one single swim set (peg 5).
LAKE 2 : is approximately 13 acres and is also stocked with over 5 tons of fish, with carp to 74 lbs, big pike, perch and catfish to over 156 lbs !!!
There are 7 double swims and two single swims (pegs 9 and 16).
They offer excellent facilities for your fishing, with a good, driveable track giving access to all swims.
The swims themselves are generous in size with plenty of room for your bivvies and room to set out your other equipment. You may park your car at or adjacent to your swim, but please ensure that it is parked off the track to allow access for other vehicles.
Average weight in over 50 lb.
Best recent weights are: 90, 104, 131, 147 and 156 lbs !!!
METHODS FOR CATFISH FISHING
All methods can produce. Livebait (we have some for you on the lake), on the bottom, rapala etc. You can use liver, mackerel, worms or squid, etc. but also boilies made with meat or fishmix..
THE FACILITIES AT LE VAL DORE
The café sells drinks and hot and cold snacks.
There is a tap at the rear of the building for water.
The shower block has toilet facilities and the showers are available for use during opening hours.
The market town of Blangy-sur-Bresle is only 4 miles away. Here you will find many shops including a bank, bakeries, pizzeria, newsagent etc. There is also a Super U supermarket on the outskirts of the town that sells just about everything including a very limited fishing tackle section (mainly match). Next to this are a petrol station and a store supplying camping gas. In the village Sénarpont (only 1/2 mile away) down the road from the lake there is a store that has a good choice of supplies, a café, a newsagent, a pharmacy, a post office and a bakery.
From March to October you can order bread served at the café (French stick, croissant, pain au chocolat, etc.).
We have at the café some good quality fishing tackle (FOX, ESP, STARBAITS etc.) and a good selection of baits: boilies (MISTRAL, MAINLINE, CARPSPIRIT etc.), seeds : hemp, maize, tigernuts, sweetcorn and many kind of pellets which we use to feed the carp throughout the winter for optimum size and health. Several BAITBOATS are available for hire on the lake for 19 euros per day (VIPER - ANATEC).
Guests are welcome but must pay 8€ per day (including shower)