The History of Alder and Notaires Lakes

Chris and Steph made the move out to France fourteen years ago, purchasing a 75 acre estate in Creuse, central France. This estate contained a couple of lakes which were to become two very successful carp fishing venues – Alder and Notaires. Here’s Chris with the story… We finalised the purchase of the Alder and […]

Small French Carp Lakes Ideal For 2/3 Anglers

Sometimes it’s nice not to be bothered by other anglers. We get it. Particularly when it’s your only French carp fishing trip of the year and you’ve been waiting for it to come around for the last 11 months. Here are four of our carp lakes that are perfect for just 2 or 3 anglers to share […]

0 – 88 In 30 Minutes At Notaires Lake

After almost nine years and many snapped off anglers, Jess from Morley is the first angler to bank the Notaire’s elusive catfish setting a new lake record. Our Facebook comments show that many anglers have fond encounters with the cat. Jess came to Notaires targetting the uncaught catfish and fished using a giant 50mm home […]

Monitoring Water Temperatures

Chris, owner of both Notaires and Alder, has been keeping track of his lake’s temperatures throughout 2014. It’s quite interesting stuff, particularly how it relates to the carp fishing results… I have nearly a year’s temperature data from the Notaires. There would have been more, but unfortunately the data cable was cut in July by some […]

Notaires Ends The Season On A High

The Crane fishing party have held records for both Alder and Notaires previously and have reclaimed the record for Notaires with Jon Vary’s 46lb 8oz mirror on their 5th annual visit… Jon reported:- “I ended up with 750 lbs for the week it consisted of 16 20’s most of which were just under 30. I […]

A Thirty Caught on a Worm and Cane Rod

Notaires, a 3 acre lake with farmhouse accommodation, has always been fairly prolific and last month was no different with carp even being caught using cane rods and worms! Here’s the latest catch report; Holiday date: Sat 17th May to Sat 24th May 2014 Name of customer: Paul Steele Number of anglers: 3 Details of your catches: Paul caught 51 Carp […]

Lake and Weather Monitoring at Notaire’s

Notaires Lake share the results of the first quarter’s lake and weather monitoring at Notaires with anglers who are interested in all aspects of their sport. Late September – early October was exceptionally sunny and warm and the air sensor went over 30 degrees C. This is probably a slight over-estimate – I’ll have to […]

Water Monitor Installed at Notaires

I have seen from the forums that there is a great deal of interest in the environmental conditions at the various carp lakes. I am pleased to announce that Notaires Lakes now has live online monitoring which can be seen here. The system is based around the famous Raspberry Pi “computer on a credit card”. We […]

Young Angler James has Huge Haul at Notaires

Notaires provides the perfect balance for a family angling holiday, here’s why James Geeson thinks so… General Comments: We stayed as a family of 5 with Chris and Steph for a week in mid july and had a wonderful time. Our 3 boys enjoyed the swimming pool and the animals as well as the wi-fi! […]

Want the Real French Experience? – Spotlight on Notaires

The Notaires Lakes are located deep in the French countryside in the region known as the green heart of France. Your accommodation for the week is a renovated 200 year old Limousin stone built farmhouse with a swimming pool overlooking the carp lake. Peace and quiet are guaranteed.  The fish stocks have been added in stages to […]

Spring Flowers at Notaires Carp Lakes

Winter has been long and wet though not particularly cold this year, so it is a pleasant surprise to see the crocuses starting to come through so early at Notaires. The ‘warm’ wet weather has been good for the fish as the aquifers are refilled after the drought of the least two years and there […]

Carp Lake Record Broken at Notaires

 The Horse – 45lbs 10oz Matt Baker has only been freshwater fishing since April and had a previous carp PB of 12lbs but at Notaires he hooked into a big fish from the dam wall which proved to be ‘The Horse’ and weighed in at 45lbs 8oz – setting a new lake record. This means […]

Animal Magic at Notaire’s Carp Lakes

It has been a very busy year at Notaires with new pigs arriving, new sheep and a surprise delivery of baby alpaca – llama crosses (huarizos). Here at Notaire’s lakes we have 75 acres of lakes, woods and fields in one of the quietest areas of France. This makes for a unique holiday experience; the […]

Lake Record Broken at Notaires – 43lb Mirror Carp

Robert had already landed a forty on his first night of fishing at Notaires and had a steady week of catches.  No surprise then that when he found out that the following week was free they decided to stay on. So instead of packing up on Friday evening  Robert was able to continue fishing and […]

Fish ‘n’ Chips at Notaires

Size of the RFID chip We have initiated a programme to chip our fish in the Notaires lakes using tiny injectable RFID chips. This is partly as theft deterrent but mainly as a management tool. There is a saying that if you can’t measure it, then you can’t manage it. We have started the chipping […]