Looking for the best carp and catfish lakes France? Here are our top 9

If you are looking for carp and catfish lakes France has a lot to offer. The following nine lakes are well worth a visit for your next carp and catfish holiday… 

1. Vaumigny

This lake is not for the faint hearted or inexperienced because you’ll be tackling catfish to over 170lb, sturgeon to over 100lb and carp to over 60lb. Anglers who favour wild and natural lakes will find themselves right at home.

At 37 acres there’s plenty of water for everyone. A total of 15 swims, 2 of these being doubles, span the perimeter of the lake.

Vaumigny is a 2hrs 40 drive from the port of Caen and 4hr 20 from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Vaumigny here.

Vaumigny big carp and catfish lake France
Vaumigny big carp and catfish lake France

2. Cailleaux

Cailleaux presents the opportunity to fish a true runs water, somewhere you can relax for a week in the knowledge that the fishing should produce well and therefore offer you plenty of action.

There are huge numbers of carp to over 55lb, 160lb+ catfish and some beautiful diamond back sturgeon, so you can expect to catch plenty of all! The layout is very social because you all fish from one long open bank.

The lake is a 4hr drive from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Cailleaux here.

Cailleaux runs water for carp and catfish in France
Cailleaux, a runs water for carp and catfish in France

3. Brocard Small

Another lake for those anglers that prefer to ‘get away from it all’, Brocard Small is long and thin in shape, encompassing around 29 acres (not exactly small at all then!).  It holds a good stock of incredible looking carp to well over 50lb & plenty of catfish to 110lb.

Just four double swims are spread along the length of the water, therefore you have an incredible sense of exclusivity and privacy from each swim.

The lake is a 4hr drive from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Brocard Small here.

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A catfish from Brocard Small

4. Beaurepaire


A natural gravel-pit of 7 acres, Beaurepaire holds catfish to over 100lb and plenty of 40 & 50lb carp. The lake ideally suits a group of up to six anglers looking to book a lake exclusively… but individual bookings are welcome too.

There are no designated swims but there’s plenty of room to bivvy up all round the lake.

Beaurepaire is a very easy 2hr 30 drive from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Beaurepaire here.

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Beaurepaire Lake in France

5. Glehias


One of the more luxurious venues, you book Glehias exclusively for the week – this includes private use of the two lakes and farmhouse accommodation. The main fishing lake is 3.2 acres in size and home to carp up to over 45lb and catfish to over 65lb.

Gléhias also offers a unique experience in the form of a floating cabin housing the lakeside facilities. There is an optional food package here too.

1hr 30 from the port of St Malo and 2hr 45 from the port of Caen.

Find out more about Glehias here.

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A big catfish at Glehias

6. Malvoisine

Malvoisine really is the perfect venue for a get together with family or angling friends. Fishing from a two acre “island”, you can all socialise without having to reel-in.

The 17 acre lake holds carp and catfish to around 50lb and the fishing is usually action-packed.

2hrs drive from the port of Caen and 4hrs 45 from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Malvoisine here.

 

7. Molyneux


Molyneux is a beautifully mature tree-lined lake of 13 acres, with 10 swims for a maximum of 8 anglers. The catfish here go to 90lb and the carp to high forties.

There is an optional food package and lakeside cabin accommodation which can be hired, with it’s own swim directly in front.

2hr 45 drive from the port of Calais and 1hr 30 from the port of Le Harve.

Find out more about Molyneux here.

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Molyneux Lake in France

 

8. Notaires

There are two lakes here, the main carp lake and another slightly smaller lake with a mix of carp and some impressive large catfish. Both are included in the exclusive booking and can provide plenty of action at this exceptionally well priced venue.

Notaires is perfect for 1 to 3 anglers (4 at a push) who want a lake to themselves, good facilities and a food package available.

5hr drive from the port of Caen and 6hr 15 from the port of Calais.

Find out more about Notaires carp and catfish lakes France here.

notaires carp and catfish lake france
Notaires Carp and Catfish lakes

9. Autels

Autels is a mature 4 acre lake in the Loire Valley, and is hired out exclusively for the week to groups of up to 5 anglers. This is the perfect lake for those wanting a social holiday with action-packed fishing.

There’s a large head of fish here – around 300 carp to 50lb, catfish to over 100lb and sturgeon to over 80lb, so you are unlikely to be short of runs. 

The lake is a short 2hr 20 drive from the port of Caen and 4hr from Calais.

Find out more about Autels carp and catfish lakes France here.

Autels carp and catfish lake france
Autels

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