Etang Carpanium is a 37 acre (15 hectares) carp fishing venue situated only 30 min south of Paris, a 3 hour drive from Calais. This long stretched old gravel pit has reed lined margins and overhanging trees. The 14 large swims are well spaced out around the venue and offer plenty of water for a maximum of 17 anglers. Stocked with 650 healthy and strong carp, the lake record is 27,5kg.
The lake bed is composed of gravel and a layer of silt. Finding a clean and hard zone on the gravel gives the best results. Otherwise the bottom is quite uniform and apart from the overhanging trees, there are very few snags. The depths range from 3ft (1m) to 16ft (5m), with the deepest spots in the central part of the water.
There have been no issues with poisson chat or crayfish.
There are 14 large swims, well spaced out around the venue, that offer plenty of water for a maximum of 17 anglers. The swims are very well kept and the car can be parked on the grassy area behind the swim. Most swims have been dug out and are gravelled. Swims 1 to 11 are single swims, whereas swim 12, 13 and 14 are doubles.
From June to September there's weed formation in swims 8,9,10,11,12,13 and 14. During these months you need a boat to fish in these swims. Also, from June to September braided mainlines and barbed hooks are tolerated. The other months only barbless hooks and nylon mainlines are allowed.
There are approximately 650 carp in the lake. This continues to grow as additional stock is handpicked by Kevin, Pierre, Alex and their Bailiff James and added every autumn. The average weight sits at mid twenties with the lake record mirror 61lb (27,50kg). You'll see some lovely linears, fully scaled mirrors and kois.
Carpanium has a small population of grass carp and some sturgeon. Other species are pike, roach, tench and perch. No bream, catfish or poisson chat.
The facilities are in the lodge, close to swim 1. There is a small sanitary block with running water, WC and shower. There is a freezer for your baits and enough charging points. On site, cooler packs are available for your cool box. There's no fridge.
On the property, there are 4 well-maintained toilets.
- Lake: Carpanium
- Open: Year round
- Distance: 338km (3 hours) from Calais
- Surface: 37 acre (15 hectares)
- Bottom: Gravel and a layer of silt
- Depths: from 3ft (1m) to 16ft (5m)
- Anglers: maximum 17
- Stock: 650 carp
- Weedformation: June to September
- Access: swims have car access
- Price angler: 275€ per angler
- Price non-fishing: 50€ per guest
- Wifi: no