|Carp fishing in the north of france at croix blanche lakes, offering french angling holidays for big carp & catfish with a choice of 2 lakes only 150 miles from calais|
The Croix Blanche lakes are mature sandpits set in northern France covering around 17 acres in total, set in a domain of over 30 acres. The venue is just 2 hours 30 minutes from Calais and only 100 kilometres from the Belgain border. Excavated in the late 1970s, the complex consists of 2 beautifully matured & established carp fishing lakes, renowned for their big fish, plus one 1 acre stock lake:
• CROIX BLANCHE LAKE - 6 Acres - 7 Swims - Maximum of 5 anglers
• TORTUE LAKE - 8 Acres - 8 Swims - Maximum of 5 anglers
• STOCK LAKE - 1 Acre (No fishing allowed)
The banks, while quite steep, are grassy with trees around most of the margins. Weed presence can fluctuate from year to year, but it's not a problem. There are no obvious underwater obstacles or snags. The water itself is crystal clear with a bluish tint characteristic of sandpits and water levels fluctuate throughout the year with the change in water table.
The number of pegs as been kept to a minimum: the Croix Blanche has seven, with eight pitches on the Tortue. Most of these pegs are cut back into the bank to provide comfortable pitches. Access to the pegs is excellent with a track around the whole property, and access to most of the pegs is possible by car! The property is entirely closed with a secure fence around the whole perimeter.
The initial stocking of carp into the lake was carried out by the original owner in the early 1990s and consisted of 250 two to three -year-old carp. By the time I purchased the pits with a view to transforming them into a carp fishery in 1999, the largest of these carp had topped 44lb, with an estimated 60 fish remaining from this first stocking.
Between 1999 and 2008 a large number of carp were stocked into both of the lakes as part of a progressive fish management programme on the venue.
These fish have thrived in the waters, gaining weight very rapidly due to the rich environment and regular feeding with quality carp bait and pellets. They have grown on to make an excellent head of big carp. The largest to date, one of the original fish from the 1990 stocking, has topped 76lb! (This fish is no longer alive but there are many more large carp ready to take its place.)
Each lake now has around 120-150 carp to over 50lb. Other species include the Wels catfish to over 100lb, grass carp to 40lb plus, tench, bream, crucian carp, roach, rudd, pike and perch. The stocking policy for the future is to continue to introduce fish over 20lb progressively to the lakes.