Bill's Lake

Bill'' lake

Region: Champagne


Venue description:

Carp fishing in France at Bill’s Lake is now entering its 9th successful year. All 3 of our stunning venues are packed with quality fish ready for you to catch. Each of our 3 lakes offers you something a little different to the other.

Bill's Lake 1

Etang du Matougues was purchased way back in 2002. Since then the stock in this lake have grown and grown with the lake record now at over 58lb. It is so easy to find being only 200 miles from the ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk so there's no long trips through the French countryside to worry about.

This ex-gravel pit is over 30 years old with an approximate head of carp reaching 400+! The average depth is 3 metres and an island gives added fishing attraction. The lake is 14 acres with 15 swims giving ample room for a maximum of 10 anglers. Each of the double swim has plenty of room for two, two man bivvies, steps to the waters edge, a slabbed area with a pub style bench plus a weighing tripod and beany mat for weighing the fish properly.

The lake contains huge carp to over 58lbs along with giant catfish to over 120lb+. We also have grass carp to over 46lb and sturgeon to 30lb+.

A special feature of Bill’s Lake 1 is the famous River Marne which runs alongside. This river is notorious for its very big carp which are recorded to over 60lb. These fish are some of the hardest fighting fish you will ever catch and well worth the small price of a day ticket, only 15 euros! Our biggest carp out to a visitor who fished the river went to just over 40lb!. He commented... “It's a truly great experience to take a fish from moving water”.

The facilities we have an on-site include a Finnish Log Cabin where if booked, your evening meals are served plus there's a wooden terrace for when the weather is warmer for Bar-B-Q’s, a cup of tea or a cold beer. There is also a shower block that has 2 English style toilets and shower.

For your safety the lake is fully fenced, gated and secure. So that you don’t feel completely alone we are on hand daily to check you have no problems and we give free advice and instruction to help you to catch your dream carp.

If you have any questions about Bill's Lake 1 then please call us on 0033 607 19 80 80 and we help in any way we can.

Bill's Lake 2

Acquired 5 years ago this lake keeps the surprises coming. We are pretty sure this year it will produce a 50lbs + Carp to some lucky client ! The lake is 3½ acres and bordered on 3 sides by mature trees with an average depth of 3 meters. The main bank provides very easy access to the water with the majority of fish being caught from the opposite bank. The use of a bait boat banks a lot more fish! These are available for hire, please ask about them when booking.

The stock in this lake is enormous with 250 Carp, 20 Catfish, 2 Sturgeon, numerous Grass Carp and 6 Koi Carp. The fishing though is very specific, as with the presence of Poisson Chats the use of Boilies in the warmer weather can be futile. The way to catch is to use Particle bait such as Tiger Nuts, Maize, Brazil Nuts, Cashews or any artificial bait like plastic corn. Rock hard air dried Boilies can work well and the use of Boilie sleeves has proved very effective last year.

Set in the middle of the countryside this lake is only 5 minutes from the main lake where hot showers and toilets are free for you to use and are available all day.

On Bill’s Lake 2 there is a fully equipped caravan included in the price which includes a double hob, fridge and somewhere to sit and eat in comfort plus there is a separate porta loo cabin. It is equipped with everything you should need to cook and eat and all you need to bring is linen. It can also be used for somewhere for the “other half” to sleep if there’s no room in the bivvy! A small refundable deposit (£50) is required for the use of the caravan.

In the evening wild animals come to drink from the lake so don’t be surprised to see a deer drinking from your swim in the morning! We visit the lake each day to bring you fresh drinking water. We check to see if you’re catching, offer moral support and advice and generally be of any help we can.

The lake is let on an “exclusive basis” with a maximum of 4 anglers fishing at any one time. The rendez-vous point is at Bill's Lake 1 at 11.00a.m. on the Saturday morning and your group would be guided to the lake from there.

The departure time is 9.00 am the following Saturday morning and the deposit for the caravan will be refunded once the caravan has been checked.

Bill's Lake 3

The newest of our 3 lakes and probably the most fun! This 30 year old established gravel pit is lined with trees and mature borders. It is 8 acres in size and has an average depth of 3.5 meters. The swims are set along one bank with the facing bank being out of bounds. This causes a natural haven for the fish with multiple catches coming from its’ margin.

This lake bursts into life in very early spring and continues well into December with the fish showing themselves frequently. No problems in locating them at all! During this winter we have treated the lake with an anti-weed chemical so this coming summer it should be a lot clearer to fish in.

Fish stocks are very high in this lake with the average stamp of fish being a little smaller than the other 2, however, there is a very large head of 30lbs+ fish and a few surprise 40lbs+ too! We have stocked the lake with over 2½ tons of carp from local sources and some quality “slate grey” fish from Belgium.

We are also fortunate to have acquired this lake with a great stock of Grass carp. These have been viewed in the summer and are really quite stunning! The largest out so far only goes to 46lbs but there are many in there that will go over the mid 50lbs barrier! As with Bill's Lake 1 this lake offers the angler a chance to fish the mighty River Marne. The river borders the site and is available to fish at a small cost. This river has produced some really big fish and big gear is needed to bank these awesome fighting Carp!

Whether you're a novice to French angling or a seasoned pro Bill's lake 3 has something to offer everyone. This lake accommodates up to 6 anglers max with 8 pegs to choose from, 2 being suitable for doubles. The lake is let for group or individual bookings being on a drive and survive basis. Due to a few teething problems last year we now require a small deposit for the lake (£50) which will be refunded when we have checked the lake before your departure.

We provide Toilets on site and hot shower for you to use at your convenience 24 hours a day and as with the other lakes we visit each day to see how you’re doing.

The rendezvous time for this lake is 2 p.m. at the main lake, Bill’s Lake 1 where we will meet you and greet you and escort you to the lake. If you arrive early then you can wait in the car park or nip off and do some shopping at the local shops

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