This is an area where you can get back to nature and enjoy the
slow pace of life along with the wildlife and fresh air that are commonplace.
A lot of the carp lakes in Limousin Provence are especially
suited to a 'Drive and Survive' Fishing holiday, although some do cater for families or
have packages available with places to stay.
After much searching we ended up going carp fishing at a really beautiful and extremely
large lake in the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin in France called L'Etang De
Tricherie, which was very reasonably priced.
Owned by an English couple, which you will find that a lot of private fishing lakes in
France are, the minute we arrived they were so welcoming and we were taken out on a boat
to experience the lake and see the different swims that we could fish from.
Once we decided where we wanted to be, the owner Les brought the rowing boat round to our
swim that we had hired and we then had the unenviable task of setting up. You will
find that there are many lakes that allow the use of a boat and often have these for hire,
which saves the need for trying to cast and spod out your bait some phenomenal distances,
although some people also use a bait boat. This particular lake had facilities for
charging items like a bait boat, but not every lake will, so it is a wise idea to check
into this prior to booking.
The L'Etang de Tricherie is set in a really secluded area surrounded by trees and you
could be left entirely to your own devices, plus you had the use of the washing and toilet
facilities situated on the lake's edge, also there were picnic tables and chairs that you
could use, along with a BBQ. But you could also arrange to have breakfast and
evening meals cooked by Christine, who was also a fantastic host.
The fishing lake didn't just have carp to over 40lb but there were also catfish and other
species of fish that you could try your luck at catching and compared to some lakes, there
are possibly a lot of carp that have never been caught in their lives and they really do
put up a big fight, in fact you could have a 20lb carp on the line and think it is a 40lb
plus, and this provided some excellent sport, rather than just reeling them in!
Something else that we done, was pre-book our bait, which Les and Christine sorted out for
us, which saved the need of the extra weight whilst travelling and also saved us the
hassle of cooking the particle bait, such as the hemp and maize, which was all pre-cooked
Some of the swims are only accessible by boat, whereas others you can drive or walk to and
we opted for one right near to the picnic area, which meant we had the car near and were
in easy distance of facilities.
Also some lakes are very particular in the fact that you have to use a bivvy, whereas we
had a tent, and although not gaudy in its colour, it was definitely not your average
bivvy! The swims on this lake varied in size quite a bit and you will find that this
is the same for most lakes, so it is always a good idea to check availability prior to
Les and Christine were extremely helpful throughout our stay and if you have ever read any
of our other articles, you will have no doubt realised that there is usually something
that goes wrong!. This time the car electric window motor packed in, meaning until
it was fixed we could not take the car out, because we couldn't lock it, but Les was even
kind enough to take us down to the garage to pick our car up after it had been
This fishing venue is ideal for the 'Drive and Survive' carp fisherman, but is also
suitable for families that want some peace and quiet. We went with our young
daughter, but she has been brought up with fishing
holidays and like her, providing your children are well behaved as there are no
activities to occupy them on the site, then they are welcome. And for anyone coming
here there is a fantastic swimming lake and a lovely little restaurant only a short drive
away and there are numerous activities in the Limousin area that you can venture out to,
whilst not fishing.
L'Etang de Tricherie carp fishing lake will definitely provide you with a venue that is
relatively unknown, not crowded and swims that are secluded, plus the weight of the
largest carp in the lake are also unknown, which makes it an adventure in its own right,
even though there have been many 40lb plus carp caught.
Address & Contact Details:
Les and Christine
L'Etang de Tricherie
Tel: 5 55 53 34 95