I visited Castle Lake for the first time and was quite surprised at how it reminds me of La Horre. This impressive 42 acre water lake nestles in the valley, just behind a picturesque small village and has no noise pollution other than the occasional bellowing of the cream Charolais cattle in the valley.
The lake looks more or less rectangular in shape as the reed line hides one small bay from sight. It has a slight bend in it and the narrower end opposite the damn wall gradually shallows out. The first bank you come to is the wide damn wall. From here you can look down the length of the lake and see the swims on either side. The right hand side is reed lined and the swims sit back and you have wooden pontoons built out to the front of the reeds. For these swims you really need to boat your gear over, but that’s not a problem as large boats are available on site with small outboards so you don’t even have to row!
Swims are mainly spacious and well thought out. Several swims have recently been made inactive so there are 15 swims now for a max of 10 anglers. With over 4 acres of water per angler you will never feel hemmed into a peg without options. Most swims have trees in or behind offering much needed shade in the summer months. My visit took place after record rainfall but the track around the lake on the damn wall and Left hand bank was still fine for walking.
Already a great 40’s water and with a high average weight for the carp of over 30lbs, this lake can prove itself to be outstanding. Poisson chat were allegedly in the lake a few years back, but we asked the owners who said there were none now and this autumn’s netting backs that up entirely.
The track led us back to the facilities, where all the important necessities have been taken care of. A battery charging station and bait freezers and some of the best toilets and showers I have seen on any lake. And if you were wondering where the name Castle Lake derived from, that would be down to the ruins nestled around the lake entrance.
So… great setting, brilliant facilities and some magical carp to try for.