Etang de Brigueuil - also known as High Mill Lake - is a 25 acre lake on the borders of the Charente and the Limousin, 2 areas famous for their lakes and water sports. March 2005 saw the opening of the lake as a commercial fishery for the first time in its very long history. Set in the heart of the French countryside, but not too far from local amenities, it is ideally situated for the serious carp angler and those who want to fish with the family.
Dating back to 1792, this lake is governed by Napoleonic law, hence no need for a rod licence and night fishing is allowed. It was previously owned by a succession of French families, the last of which maintained the lake very well despite the fact that they had no intention of managing it as a commercial fishery. It was, however, fished on a small scale through the summer months by holiday makers staying in the chalet. Enjoying fish farm status due to its age, it did provide an income also during the tri-annual draining when stocks of the younger, smaller fish were sold to locals as a valued food source, and to restock smaller private lakes. With its excellent water quality, the rate of reproduction is high and the lake remains a valuable source of small roach, pike, sander and, of course, carp.
In the Limousin area poisson chat are an inherent problem and draining down in this way every 2-3 years helps control the numbers of these nuisance fish. Fortunately, the draining facilities in the lake are a shining example for all the neighbouring lakes and so easily facilitate the removal of these troublesome fish.
Since the present owners took over in November 2004, much work and money has gone in to turning this lake into a first class carp fishing venue. 12 swims, including some doubles, have been created to enable fishermen to access all areas around the lake. They have been kept as natural as possible, no wooden pontoons here, so that you can enjoy the rugged beauty of the countryside and really get close to nature.
After a lot of research, suitable fish stocks were found to increase the numbers of medium and large carp in the lake and the lake is now ready.
For those of you who select the drive and survive option, a brand new shower block has been installed in a large building opposite the lake, with English toilets.This building also houses a large freezer for all your baits.
It is possible to order food cooked fresh and brought to you in your bivvy. A simple menu offers breakfast, lunch and evening meal at reasonable prices e.g. home made lasagne and salad for 7 euro.
In case you run out of or break something, there is a fishing shop on site, selling top of the range equipment e.g. Fox, Nash, JRC; All your bait requirements e.g. boilies from Nash, Mainline, Fun Fishing, Mistral, and pellets all at very competitive prices; We work in conjunction with a large tackle shop so if we do not have it in stock it can be brought in for you usually for the next day (subject to availability). Second hand equipment is also on sale.
A social evening will be held on a Wednesday evening in the form of a lakeside BBQ, a chance to bring your rods in for a few hours and enjoy an evening of good food, fine wines and beers, and of course good company.
We have now a cabin on swim 11 that we will rent for 150 euro per week including 2 bedchairs, unhooking mat and landing net.
Lake side bungalow - holiday home
For those anglers wishing to bring the family there is a superb, fully furnished, 2 bedroom holiday home in swim 12, less than 10 metres from the banks of the lake. Fishing is easily accessible within the private grounds. It boasts a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, satellite TV, so you won't have to miss those important games in the World Cup, shower room, and terrace with spectacular views across the lake. More information >>
Swim 11 features a nice cabin, which has 2 single beds, small gas fridge, chairs, bedchairs, nets and unhooking mats.
You can also book a double room for 55€/night, including breakfast.
If you would prefer not to travel with your own equipment for reasons such as flying out or not enough room for everything in the car we can supply a full range of good quality equipment from just a couple of rods to the works, i.e. rods, rod pod, bivvy, chairs and bed chairs, brollies etc. We do not supply bite alarms, terminal tackle.
We would require a refundable deposit for the tackle plus it would be rented out on a weekly basis. This could also be calculated on a daily basis for those wishing to stay for an extended break. Then all you would need to bring would be your reels and terminal tackle.
This of course would be subject to availability and must be booked when you book your holiday.
- 4 Rods per angler
- max. hook n°4
- both barbed hooks and barbless hooks are allowed
- no lead core
- no braided mainline
- bait boats allowed
- no boats
no dogs allowed in swims 2 to 8 because of the sheep.
For those anglers wishing to bring their family to a carp fishing lake, Etang de Brigueuil (High Mill Lake) offers a superb, fully furnished, 2 bedroom holiday home.Situated on the banks of the lake, the guests can fish from swims 12 and 1, which are...
- The Lake: Brigueuil
- Departement: Charente (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
- Open: All year round
- Distance to lake: Le Havre - Brigueuil: 544 km Calais - Brigueuil: 693 km
- Surface: 10 ha
- Bottom: Flat with hardly any obstacles. Clay and silt (about 30-40 cm).
- Depth: Max. 1.8 meter
- Max. Anglers: 9
- Stocking: Large stock with fish to 61 pounds
- Weed formation: None
- Access: Swims 2 until 8 are accessible on foot. Swims 10, 11 and 12 have also access by car.
- Price per Angler: 320€ per week
- Price per non-Angler: 75€ per week
- Holiday home: 1250 € per week (including 2 anglers and 4 non-anglers)
- WIFI: Yes
- Exclusive Booking: 2900€ for max. 8 Anglers