Carp Fishing at Iktus
In southern France, near the city of Pau (Aquitaine), lies the carp fishing venue called Iktus. The property has a total surface of 140 Hectares (350 acres) with 3 lakes: Iktus Carpe (87 acres), Iktus Sturgeon (40 acres) and Iktus Run (25 acres). This 40 year old venue features a restaurant, small tackle shop, a facilities building, bungalows, a secure perimeter with 24/7 surveillance and, of course, a superb stock with carp up to 33,4kg (73.6lb).
For the non-fishing guests there’s plenty of activities such as horse riding, golf, tennis, squash, bowling, karting, shopping malls, etc. And the Pyrenees are only 30 minutes away from Iktus.
Iktus Carpe, the largest of the 3 lakes, is a 40 year old gravel pit that is over 1 kilometre in length. The property itself is 2 km long. The fresh, clear, water, running down from the Pyrenees is of an extremely high quality. Depths vary between 1m and 10m. The deepest areas lie in front of swim 6. The water is so clear that the anglers can place hooklinks on the lakebed by sight. The deeper areas at the far end of the lake – roughly swims 5 to 10 - feature some snags wheras the rest of the lake has hardly any snags although ther can be some weed during the summer.
Iktus Sturgeon and Iktus Run are also fairly deep with depths ranging from 2 to 10m.
There are a total of 15 swims nestled on the grassy banks of the large lake Iktus Carpe, with 8 swims on the Iktus Sturgeon and 5 on Iktus Run. All swims are big enough for 2 anglers and have easy car access over a gravelled path. After unloading, the cars must be parked on the car parking area (equipped with 24/7 video surveillance), because the whole of Iktus is a protected natural area where cars normally aren’t allowed. The distance between the parking and the swims is considerable so if you have enough space in the car you might want to bring a bike. You can also rent a bike for 30 Euros per week on site.
Iktus Carpe isn't an easy lake because of its multiple features. The ‘easy’ swims are in an area bounded by swims 1,2,3,12 and 13. In this area, the lakebed is more even and there are less snags and obstacles. Fishing without a boat is possible. If you just want to cast (and you don’t wish to place hooklinks and groundbait with a boat) choose these swims.
However, we strongly recommend the use of a boat with a sounder. The lake features lots of holes, plateaus, overhanging trees and dead trees. This is where the carp live and spend much of their time. This may sound daunting but don’t worry, the bailiff knows exactly where they are located. When you arrive he will explain every detail from every particular swim. He will give you interesting tips that will improve your chances considerably. On the small lake boats are not permitted, only bait boats.
Swim 4 is surrounded by trees and has less space than the other swims. Swim 6 has been repositioned recently and the move, of around 200m, has meant that swims 6 and 5 now have a much bigger fishing area. In front of swim 6 the bottom drops to 10m only a few metres from the bank. This is a very interesting spot to fish for catfish and sturgeon.
The area between swim 6, swim 7 and the VIP swim have the most snags. Because of this the carp feel very comfortable in this area and from here they go feeding around the rest of the lake. The lake owner and the bailiff removed a lot of dead trees in 2010, but there are still are some obstacles. Before you start fishing, talk with the bailiff and locate all the holes, plateau and dead treas. The machinery in the gravel pit produce background noise, depending on wind directions you hear it more or less.
Swim 9 lies about 2 metres above the lake level. Take into account that if you have to net a fish, you have to descend a little slope. This swim is not suitable for every angler.
The VIP swim (= swim 8) has the biggest fishable area and it is a very interesting swim. As we already mentioned, the swim is not easy, but if you know how to fish it you will catch for sure. This swim is more expensive because the price includes a little hut with heating, TV, fridge and freezer, two little hobs and even a bicycle.
Swims 10 and 11 lie very close to each other and can be a good choice if you want to book a group of 4-5 anglers.
There might be some weed formation during the summer months in front of swims 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11 12 and 13. Normally the weed grows near the banks. In this case, we strongly recommend the use of a boat to place hooklinks, bait and to land the fish.
Iktus Carpe is a superb lake where 50 – 60 runs per week are quite normal, but you have to know where to fish.
Iktus Sturgeon has a bottom with hardly any obstacles. There can be some weed formation close to the margins but this won't bother you while fishing.
Iktus Run is on the far end of the property. Cars can be parked at the swim, but can't be used during your stay. The lake is about 2 km from the facilities, restaurant & tackle shop. Anglers who book swims 24 & 25 must be aware of the power lines that cross the lake. However, they’re quite high so should not be a problem.
Chalet on the swim?
Swims 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 22 and 23 have a 20m2 chalet for rent for an extra 100€ per week. They are large enough for 2 bedchairs. They don't have electricity or running water.
The fish stock of Iktus Carpe consists of about 1200 commons and mirrors between 5 and 33,4kg (73.6lb). There are lots of fish weighing more than 15kg (33lb). Originally, the lake was stocked with wild common carp and the biggest common carp caught was 23kg (50.7lb). Having seen the tremendous growth of the carp through these years we are absolutely convinced that the forthcoming seasons will bring a new generation of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
The lake is also stocked with catfish up to 200lb, sturgeon up to 125lb, pike, black bass, etc. There’s no “poisson chat” or crayfish.
The fish-stock of Iktus Sturgeon consists of about 550 common and mirror carp between 22-45lb, 220 sturgeon of 17 different variants between 20-180 lb, including the French sturgeon record: the stunning 180lb Transmontanus. There are also 30 koi carp between 15-30lb and several grass carp.
Iktus Run is stocked with 550 of 15-20lb carp to offer action around the clock; great for novice and younger carp anglers.
Our anglers are welcome in the clubhouse every day from 12.00h. They have a small tackle shop and the bar/restaurant has a nice terrace with fantastic views over the lake. There’s a sanitary building at the entrance of the venue with showers, washbasin and washing machine.
You can rent your tackle on the site, as well as boats (only the boats from Iktus are allowed, you cannot bring your own boat). At Iktus they also offer a shuttle service from and to the local airport of Pau (operated by several low cost airlines, like Ryanair), situated at about 10 min from the lake.
There are little bungalows for rent with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms – blankets and towels are not available, you have to bring them. The prices range from 300 to 350 € for the small bungalows (max. 2 person) and 400 to 640 € for the bigger bungalows. The distance to the swims is about 500m
The Pyrenees are a 35 min drive from Iktus.
Tackle hire: 150 € per week.
Unhookingmat, weighsling, rodpod, rod, bedchair... : 30 € per week per unit
Bike: 30 € per week
Boat: 50 € per week
Sounder: 30 € per week
This domain has a holiday home
- The Lake: Iktus
- Departement: Pyrénées Atlantiques (64)
- Open: all year round
- Distance to lake: Calais - Iktus: 1041 km Le Havre - Iktus: 859 km
- Surface: 87 + 40 Acres (35 + 15 ha)
- Bottom: Gravel. Dead trees in front of swim 7 and VIP
- Depth: 1 till 10 meter
- Max. Anglers: 25 + 12
- Stocking: Iktus Carp: 1200; Iktus Sturgeon: 550; Iktus Run: 500
- Weed formation: possible during summer months
- Access: All the swims have a good access over a hard gravelled path.
- Price Angler: 325€
- Price per non-Angler: 49€ per week
- Holiday home: from 390 €/ week
- WIFI: yes