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Carp fishing at Etang du Vaulaurent
Saint-Nicolas-du-Tertre, Carentoir, Brittany

Carp fishing at Etang du Vaulaurent

Saint-Nicolas-du-Tertre, Carentoir, Brittany
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Lake Description

About 250 years ago monks dug Lac de Vaulaurent to breed fish. And what a location they picked to do this! A magnificent valley, with several natural flows of water supplying the lake with fresh water non stop. Michel and his wife Cécile turned this marvellous 12ha (29,65 acre) lake, aka Golden Valley Lake, into a carp fishing venue a few years ago. The lake has a massive fish stock of 550 gorgeous and healthy carp. The current lake record is 32,5kg (72lb). In general, this lake is in superb condition, with very tidy accommodation and infrastructure plus excellent service, also in English.

The Lake

The venue is located in the most western department of France: La Bretagne. Lac de Vaulaurent totals up to 30 acres of surface, with depths between 1,4m and 3,5m. Tha lake bottom consists of gravel mixed with sand and covered with mud and silt. There are no obstacles, except for one big rock to the right of swim 4. There is are lily pads in front of swim 5. No catfish.

The Swims

Lac de Vaulaurent counts 8 swims, but no more than 11 anglers will be hosted at the same time. Swims 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 can be booked by 1 or 2 anglers, the others can only be booked by two anglers. Groups of three anglers can book 3+4, 6+7 or 8+7.
Swim 5 can only be booked for 1 angler.

On swims 1 and 2 there are cabins for up to 4 people. They have electricity, heating, water, fridge and small kitchen. There are 2 beds, so you might want to bring a bedchair if you are more than 2 persons. Wifi from the clubhouse is still covering these swims. It's possible to book swim 1 or 2 without the cabin, but a minimum of 2 anglers is required in that case. If you book swims 1 or 2 for 1 angler, you have to rent the swim with the cabin.

Swim 5 is a little trickier to reach, but once there you won't be sorry. The view is magnificent, and you are all by yourself over there. The last few meters you'll have to carry your equipment to the swim as a car cannot get there.

A pontoon has been build on swim 6, big enough for 2 rodpods.

Every swim has a BBQ and a fix weigh-sling.

The Stock

What we know: based on pictures, 200 carp were counted before restocking. Between 2013 and 2015 an extra 350 carp were added to the lake! A massive stock of around 550 carp is swimming here... The biggest carp caught was 32,5kg (72lb), a mirror. The biggest common was 22kg. In total 25 mirrors over 20kg are present, and 5 20+kg commons.

Take into account there's bream on Vaulaurent. Michel recommends to avoid using particles and pellets, and fish with rather large bait.

Service & Facilities

2 bathrooms (shower/toilet) are available. A very nice clubhouse with freezers, microwave, hot and cold water, heating, small kitchen aso open for all customers. There's WIFI on the venue in the clubhouse. For swims 5, 6, 7 and 8: you can rent bicycles if you like.

No need to bring weigh sling & unhooking mat; these are provided on each swim.

A food-package is available, at 170€ per week per person. Included is a breakfast (continental of english) and a complete warm meal including pudding. On arrival, an extra meal can be ordered in the clubhouse.

A (limited) selection of tackle can be purchased on the venue. This is nothing more than 'first aid'...

A doctor, pharmacy, bakery, butcher a.s.o. can be found in St. Martin (3min drive). If you want to shop in a bigger supermarket, you can go to Calentoir or Malestroit, 10 minutes away.

Boat rental: 57€ per week (boats are only allowed in swims 1 & 2. With lake exclusive bookings, boats are allowed on the whole lake.)

Holiday home

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Swim 1 features a fully equipped cabin for those anglers who wish to enjoy a bit more comfort during their fishing holiday in France. Vehicles can be parked close to the cabins for easily unloading fishing tackle. We have allowed enough space betwee...

See 'Swim 1 with bungalow' here >>
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Swim 2 features a fully equipped cabin for those anglers who wish to enjoy a bit more comfort during their fishing holiday in France. Vehicles can be parked close to the cabins for easily unloading fishing tackle. We have allowed enough space betwee...

See 'Swim 2 with bungalow' here >>

Key points

  • Lake: Etang Vaulaurent
  • Department: Brittany (Mid-West of France)
  • Open: March - December
  • Distance: Calais - Vaulaurent: 596km
  • Surface: 12ha (29.7 acres)
  • Bottom: Gravel and sand with mud
  • Depth: between 1,4 and 3,5m
  • Max. amount of anglers: 11
  • Stocking: 550 between 7 en 33 kg
  • Acces: All swims can be reached by car, with the exception of n°5.
  • Price per angler: 285€ per week (Sa - Sa) + 45€ French Federal Fishing license.
  • Price for non-angling guest: 65€ per week (Sa - Sa)
  • WIFI: yes
  • Price chalet swim 1+2: 560€ per week, non-anglers included
  • Exclusive booking: 2800€ for max 9 anglers (without chalets) + 45€ fishing license per angler.
See Carp fishing at Etang du Vaulaurent rules here >>

Rules - Vaulaurent


For your GPS: 56200 Saint-Martin-sur-Oust
Arrival: between 13.00h - 15.00h.
Departure: before 11.00h. Deposit will be returned when leaving.

1. One angler per swim with a maximum of 4 rods.
2. If two anglers are sharing a swim, there are to be no more than 6 rods in total.
3. Rods must not be left unattended under any circumstances. (swim 6 is set on a pontoon, a receiver for your bite alarms is mandatory.)
4. Each swim has a designated fishing area. In the case of a dispute between two parties, the manager will decide.
5.Landing mats and slings are provided on each swim, please do not bring your own. There are also weighing posts on each swim.
6. It is obligatory to be equipped with a medical carp kit (Like Korda med kit) and must be used when and where necessary.
7. You must be equipped with waders on all of our swims to land your fish safely.
8. Have a bucket of water ready at all times ready for when you land a fish.
9. Fish are to be out of the water for as short a time as possible. Once a photo is a taken, the fish must be released immediately. As per rule A-3, sacking is prohibited.
10. Coated Braided hook links are allowed. You may un-coat your braided hook link from the eye of the hook as long as it is less than a cm long.
11.Braided mainline or lead core are not allowed
12. Fluorocarbon or Nylon safe zone leaders are allowed.
13. Single, micro-barbed and barbless hooks only (sizes 4, 6 or 8).
14. All particles must be prepared and cooked properly.
16. For sanitary reasons, only boats from the property are allowed. The use of personal rowing boats and Zodiacs are strictly forbidden. Rowing boats are available for rent on swims 1 and 2 and are for daytime use only. Rowing boats are to be used for baiting up and dropping rigs. Use of personal electric motors and echo sounders are permitted. Life jackets are mandatory.
17. Bait boats can be hired on-site.
18. Any type of compressed air bait throwers are forbidden. Spods and similar are allowed in moderation.
19. Use of projector halogen lights are not permitted. For the comfort of other anglers.


i wouldnt recomend vauleraunt to anyone, its full of bream, i would get a singlr beep at around 10 pm, bring the rods in the next day to find bream had been sat on them all night, even using big boilies, th bream obviosly feed around the hook and hook themselves, i left on wednesday, waste of my week off, the lake needs netting, i saw no carp,
Night fishing is the main way of catching
Lake level down water very warm. Fishing very hard as a result. Third visit here poorest catch of all

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