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6 Amazing Carp fishing lakes in Brittany France

22 December, 2019

Brittany is a beautiful region and home to to some of the best carp lakes in France. Carp lakes in Brittany are easily accessable from the ferry ports of Caen, Le Havre and St Malo. Take an overnight ferry from Portsmouth on Friday evening and arrive at the lake before midday to truly make the most of your fishing trip.

Carp Fishing in Brittany and the Surrounding Area

  • Etang des petits chiens – La Havre – 194 km, Caen – 107 km, St Malo – 120 km
  • Cas-en-lac – La Havre – 285 km. About 2 hours 58 mins, Caen – 191 km, St Malo 175.6 km.
  • Beausoleil Carp and Cats – La Havre – 283 km, Caen – 189 km, St Malo – 123 km
  • Firs Lake – La Havre – 298 km, Caen – 191 km. About 2 hours 9 mins, St Malo – 126 km
  • Willow Lake – La Havre – 313 km, Caen – 214 km, St Malo – 140 km
  • Etang des Landes – La Havre – 245 km, Caen – 193 km, St Malo – 195 km

Here are the 6 of the best carp lakes in Brittany or close to Brittany which can all be reached within a couple of hours drive from the nearest ferry terminal.

1. Etang des petits chiens

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 194 km. About 2 hours 31 mins
  • Caen – 107 km. About 1 hour 36 mins
  • St Malo – 120 km. About 1 hour 46 mins

Carp lake in Brittany

Etang des Petits Chiens is a two-acre lake which holds carp to over 50lbs. It is located in South West France, in the Normandy region and it is just 90 minutes drive from the Caen ferry port. This fantastic carp lake is available for exclusive bookings only, so you’ll have total peace and quiet in this idyllic region. The booking of this lake includes a newly refurbished gite which sleeps up to two people.

The lake is set into 10 acres of the stunning countryside, and the lake is surrounded by woodland which gives you complete peace. It is one of the best lakes to relax, unwind, enjoy nature, oh, and catch some big carp too, of course! The lake was stocked in the 1970s and has been left to mature pretty much ever since. So, you can now find some monster carp waiting for you at Etang des petits chiens. There are purpose-built swims that allow up to four anglers.

2. Cas-en-lac

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 285 km. About 2 hours 58 mins
  • Caen – 191 km. About 1 hour 54 mins
  • St Malo – 175.6 km. About 59 mins

Carp fishing at Cas en Lac close to Brittany

For those wanting a bit more range to fish at, try Cas-en-lac. Cas-en-lac is a 20-acre lake just south of Renne in the east of Brittany. It’s easy to reach by ferry as it’s only an hours drive from the port of St Malo and close to Caens and Le Havre. Cas-en-lac is a 50-year-old lake and it is often said to resemble an old estate lake as it is surrounded by mature, overhanging trees and set into a beautiful area of private woodland. So, if you are used to a bit of estate lake fishing, this lake may feel like a home away from home in that regard.

However, unlike most estate lakes here in the UK, Cas-en-lac has a huge stock of enormous carp. There are 300 carp in this lake, commons, mirrors and leathers that reach up to a whopping 68lbs. There are three islands, one large island and two smaller ones. There are also four bays and some peninsulas too. So, there are loads of features to fish to on this lake.

There are 13 swims which are well positioned around the lake. Each swim has plenty of room for a bivvy and a three rod set up. The lake bottom is a mixture of gravel and silt, and the depths range from 10 to 4 foot, so there is a great opportunity at Cas-en-lac to fish your favourite rigs on non-weedy spots and catch a monster.

Cas-en-lac can be hired exclusively. This is usually by a group of 6-8 anglers. However, the lake can also be hired by smaller groups, but you may be paired with another smaller group. If you want to catch monsters in Brittany, Cas-en-lac is the perfect place to do it.

3. Beausoleil Carp and Cats

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 283 km. About 3 hours 13 mins
  • Caen – 189 km. About 2 hours 9 mins
  • St Malo – 123 km. About 1 hour 27 mins

Carp fishing in Brittany with accommodation

Beausoleil Carp and Cats is a lovely 4-acre lake that’s a 90-minute drive from St Malo in the beautiful region of Mayenne. There’s a good head of carp to about 50lbs, and the catfish in this lake can reach up to 120lbs. Beausoleil Carp and Cats include a self-catering lodge that is a great size for 2-4 anglers.

The swims on this lake have been extremely well thought out. There is hardly any weed in this lake, making bait presentation simple. Plus, the casting distance from most swims is about 70 yards or so, so there is no need to pump any iron before your trip.

During the summer months, Beausoleil Carp and Cats is the perfect place for a bit of stalking. You can reach the island via a small bridge or bait a few areas of the margin and get your stalking cap on and catch some monsters off the top.

4. Firs Lake

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 298 km. About 3 hours 10 mins
  • Caen – 191 km. About 2 hours 9 mins
  • St Malo – 126 km. About 1 hour 28 mins

Firs carp lake close to Brittany

Firs Lake is a two and a half acre lake in Ruille le Gravlais. It’s an hour and a half drive from St Malo, two hours from Caen and five from Calais. Firs Lake got its name from the surrounding woodland that is made up of fir trees and laurel bushes.

Firs Lake is accessible the whole way round, so you are not restricted to fish in just one area. There is also an island with overhanging trees that has been targeted a lot over the years as this cover provides the perfect hiding spot for the carp that call Firs Lake home. The lake has an average depth of 5-6 ft and has a gravel bottom, so you can easily find the perfect spots to bait up.

The carp go up to the low 40s. Now, Firs Lake may not be the lake on this list with the biggest carp in it, but the sheer abundance of carp in this lake will mean that most anglers will come away from Firs Lake extremely happy. There are also cats in this lake to about 60lbs.

When you book this lake, you can stay in the three-bedroom cottage on site. This lovely little cottage includes a double and two twin rooms. All of the bedrooms overlook the lake as the cottage is only a few feet from the water’s edge.

5. Willow Lake

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 313 km. About 3 hours 27 mins
  • Caen – 214 km. About 2 hours 30 mins
  • St Malo – 140 km. About 1 hour 47 mins

Carp fishing in Brittany in under 2 hours from the ferry

Willow lake is situated in the picturesque Loire Valley, very close to the town on Craon. This great carp lake is only a two-hour drive from St Male or a two and a half-hour drive from Caen. Willow lake is 2-acres and is surrounded by 8-acres of beautiful meadows that give the feeling of complete seclusion and bliss during your time at the lake.

The lake is a spring-fed and dammed at one end. The dam end of the lake is deepest at about 10 foot, while the spring end is about 4 foot. The lake gets its name from the willow trees that surround it that are accompanied by birch trees, reeds and shrubs. All of the trees and shrubs that flank the water give excellent protection for the fish and any angler looking to do a bit of stalking during their stay.

Willow Lake has four swims that provide access to loads of underwater features and the cover from the trees around the lake. These four swims mean that three anglers can fish the lake comfortably and have access to some brilliant hotspots in the lake without crossing lines. Willow lake was de-silted in 2002 and, thanks to the owner, is also virtually snag-free. The lake bed is a mixture of sand, silt and gravel at the shallower depths. So, a marker rod is a must to find some of the fantastic underwater features.

The accommodation is just as impressive as the beautiful surroundings that the lake is set in. There is a stunning stone longere that can sleep up to six people. This was renovated in 2002, at the same time the lake was de-silted. This beautiful accommodation is the perfect home for anglers looking to catch some big French carp!

6. Etang des Landes

Distance from Ferry Port:

  • La Havre – 245 km. About 2 hours 40 mins
  • Caen – 193 km. About 1 hour 57 mins
  • St Malo – 195 km. About 2 hours 3 mins

Etang des Landes - carp fishing in Brittany

Etang des Landes, a mature 5-acre lake, is located in the Pays de la Loir valley. Etang des Landes comes with some lovely accommodation and can be hired exclusively by up to 4 anglers. This impressive lake is set in private grounds and is surrounded by some stunningly ancient woodland.

There are 200 carp in Etang des Landes that you may hook into during your stay. The average carp range in weights from the mid-30s to upper 40s, as well a few fish that have broken the 50lb barrier. There are some beautiful scaley mirrors in this lake and some exceptional commons that a lot of anglers have stated “look very English”.

Etang des Landes was taken over in 2013 by its current owners and has gone from strength to strength. Since taking over Etang des Landes, the owners have implemented a sustained lake management programme and created a fantastic fishery. The owners have been draining the lake every few years or so to remove any unwanted fish and ensuring that the lake is kept as snag-free as possible. They have also introduced a precise feeding programme to the lake, which has resulted in the impressive weights of carp in this lake. Season upon season, the weights of carp in this amazing lake are increasing.

 

 

6 Amazing Carp fishing lakes in Brittany France