Fishery Focus - Eden’s Lakes
In this month’s Overseas Fishery Focus we take a look at a venue in the beautiful La Creuse region of France
Our lakes have produced massive carp over the last several years, with us putting in place a balanced feeding program. This has resulted in significant weight gains in a very short period of time and in several cases up to and over 8lb to 10lb in one year. We also decided to maximise the potential within the complex by restructuring the site into a venue for big fish angling, but also for all angling abilities – and on a social side for single, small groups and families, or even exclusive bookings with the design of all the new swims on each lake.
Carpworld: Where is your water located?
Eden’s Lakes: We are just into the La Creuse, in the Limousin region of France.
CW: What travel options are available to get to the lakes – e.g. ferry ports, airports?
EL: All the major ferry ports.
CW: How long does it take to get there? EL: Five to six hours from all ports.
CW: What size are the waters?
EL: We are a three lake complex. North Lake is five acres, Simon’s Lake is three acres and Jolly Pads Lake is three acres.
CW: Approximately how many fish does it hold?
North Lake has between 90 to 100, Simon’s also around 100 and Jolly Pads has more, around 130.
CW: What size do these fish go up to?
North Lake’s carp go up to 68lb-plus, Simon’s 55lb-plus and Jolly has them to 51lb-plus.
CW: What is the average size of the fish?
I’d say the North Lake’s average is around 48lb, Simon’s about 39lb, and Jolly Pads in the region of 29lb.
CW: What are the most successful baits? EL: Boilies over beds of particle and pellet.
CW: How many people can fish the lake at one time? EL: Five anglers on North Lake, four on Simon’s Lake, and four on Jolly Pads.
CW: Can they book the lake as a group? EL: Group bookings are welcome.
CW: How many swims are on the lake?
EL: Jolly Pads has two doubles, Simon’s Lake has two doubles and one single, North Lake has one double, three singles, plus one single/double.
CW: Which are the best swims? EL: All swims fish well.
CW: What do I need to take?
EL: As of 2019 you need to bring your own your own gear other than the following items which is supplied on site: cradles, slings, tripods and landing nets.
CW: What facilities are on offer (showers, toilets etc.)? EL: We have onsite toilet/shower facilities.
CW: Is there a town nearby?
EL: Nearest town is 10 minutes away.
CW: Is there accommodation?
EL: The is no accommodation provided.
CW: Can I take my wife (guest) along? EL: Non-fishing guests welcome.
CW: Is bait supplied?
EL: Bait not supplied but we do sell a selection of boilies, pellet, particle, pop-ups, glugs, liquids in the on-site tackle shop.
CW: The type of baits allowed?
EL: Only well-known, branded boilies are allowed on site.
CW: Are boats allowed? EL: Boats are not allowed.
CW: Are remote control bait boats allowed? EL: Bait boats are allowed on all the lakes.
CW: Is there a bailiff on site all the time? There is an on-site manager.
CW: What tackle would be best (line, leads and hooks etc.)?
EL: Line must be a 15lb breaking strain or greater, hooks must be micro barbed and a size 6 is the minimum allowed. Leadcore is also not allowed.
CW: Are carp sacks allowed? EL: Carp Sacks are not allowed.
CW: Are permits supplied in the price?
EL: Permits/licences are not needed as all our lakes are privately owned.
CW: What are your full contact details – names, address, telephone, fax, mobile, e-mail, website?
EL: Edens Lakes, La Prugne, 23600 La Creuse, France. For any other information please refer to our website www. edenslakes.com/our-lakes.
CW: Last but not least, how much will it all cost?
EL: North Lake €375 per angler, Simon’s Lake €295 per angler, Jolly Pads Lake €295 per angler (2019 prices).