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Carp fishing at Etang De Pesnel
Neauphe-sous-Essai, Normandy

Carp fishing at Etang De Pesnel

Neauphe-sous-Essai, Normandy
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Lake Description

Located in the small Normandy village of Neauphe-sous-Essai, Etang de Pesnel is a magnificent 12 hectares (or 28 acres) carp fishing lake. Its new owner Mickaël, the son of an experienced fish farmer, has everything it takes to make this venue a superb runswater.

The 7 swims, accommodating up to 10 anglers, are spread over the southern side of the venue. The bottom consists of gravel with a layer of silt; depths vary between 1 and 2.5 metres. There are no obstacles and hardly any weed formation. Don't worry about the nuisance fishg, on Pesnel you won't be bothered by freshwater crayfish or poisson chat.

Etang de Pesnel is part of a nature reserve. As a result, cars are not allowed to stay on the swim. You may, however, drive to the swim to load and unload. Afterwards, cars must be parked in the car park.

Boats are not allowed but RC bait boats are. Dogs are allowed. The site is fully enclosed, security is guaranteed.

Fish stock

The carp stock is estimated at 600 carp, with several exceeding 20 kg. The largest fish in the lake weigh around 25 kg.

Etang de Pesnel is a runswater where you may expect 10-25 fish per week. Other fish species present are catfish, some bream, silver carp, some large sturgeon and pike.

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The swims

There are 7 swims for a maximum of 10 anglers. Swim 1 features a lodge with electricity (no running water). Close to swim 1 are the facilities with shower, WC, electricity, running water.

Swims 1 to 3 are quiet and close to the sanitary facilities. The water is deeper in the middle of the lake and towards swims 3 and 4.

Sanitary facilities and service

The sanitary facilities are in good order and consist of a shower, toilet and sink. There is a new outdoor kitchen equipped with a cooker, fridge, microwave and freezer.

The owner speaks English and is on his property every day. Supermarket and shops are a 15-minute drive away. There is no Wifi for now.

Key points

  • The Lake: Etang de Pesnel
  • Region: Normandy
  • Distance: Calais - Etang de Pesnel: 360 km
  • Lake size: 28 acres // 12 hectares
  • Depth: up to 3 meters // 10 ft deep
  • Access: All swims have car access
  • Max. Anglers: 12
  • Stocking: 600 fish; lake record 25 kg
  • Price per Angler: from 250€ from Saturday to Saturday
  • Price non-Fishing Guest: 35€ from Saturday to Saturday
  • Lake Exclusive: 2250€ from Saturday to Saturday for up to 12 Anglers
  • Wifi: no
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Rules - Etang De Pesnel


1. The angler should bring a valid booking confirmation.

2. It’s allowed to fish 24 hrs per day - catch and release

3. Boats are not allowed, baitboats can be used.

4. Swimming in the lake is forbidden.

5. No braided line, braided leaders and NO lead-core. Minimum line – 15lb breaking strain – safety rigs only. Please use single hooks with micro barb. Carp sacs, bent hooks, braided mainline, peanuts and other nuts are banned. Rig tube is allowed. Lead-core not allowed.

7. 3 Rods per angler. Bivvies and tents should be brown or green.

Each angler should have a big landing net with a min. size of 90 cm and a large unhooking mat or cradle of min. 5 cm thick, a big weigh sling and Carp Antiseptic kits to disinfect the hook wounds.

8. Fishing is only allowed on the booked swims. Never leave your rods unattended.

9. Please return the fish carefully to the water. Bring your waders to make your pics with the fish in the water (under your responsibility). Please stand up with a carp to make pictures, all pictures should be made in the water or kneeled down with the carp held over the mat or cradle. Please don’t use landing nets for sturgeon, these fish should be landed on the mat grabbing they fish by the tail. Never pull the sturgeon on the swim or the bank. It’s a fragile fish, please take great care of the sturgeon.

10. Marking or steeling fish will be reported immediately to the local Police (Gendarmerie) and French Justice.

11. Alcohol abuse and drugs are not tolerated.

12. Please respect the nature and the tranquillity of the site. Keep clean the sanitary building and the swims. Please separate waste in the designated containers.

13. Dogs are allowed. Campfires are strictly forbidden. Gas cookers and barbecues are allowed.

14. The owner can keep the refundable payment if you don’t respect the regulations

15. Arrival: 11h00-12h00. Departure: 9h00-10h00.

16. Cars have to be parked on a parking after unloading.

17. The owner and the bailiff can check your rigs at any time.

18. The owner is not responsible for theft, fire, injury or what so ever.

19. Each angler should sign the regulations declaring that he/she accepts them

20. Waste sorting: please separate glass, from paper & cardboard, bricks & cans etc.


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