"Excellent venue could be slightly less anglers, bailiff and helpers very helpful, excellent facilities, booked to return the day I got back despite not catching much."
"Great place, nice surroundings, good hospitality and amazing fish stock to go at. Only thing is there's a huge Rat problem that needs to be addressed! Rats ate holes through my tent to get to boilies....also amazing amount of Poisson Chat that even ate tiger nuts...Otherwise a good place and enjoyed the fishing."
"A great holiday for me. The only real issue for me , as a single angler, was loading and particularly unloading fishing tackle from boats. They could do with someone there at the landing staging to help on changeover days for an hour or so.. much quicker and safer. Also boat was NOT equipped with a life jacket. Directions given were hopeless and I found the place almost by accident as Asnieres Sur Blour was not in Sat Nav."
If you are looking to catch big carp and are experienced enough to take advantage of one of best kept secrets in carping holidays, then Lac de Villedon could be the ideal venue for you. Located between Poitiers and Limoges, Villedon is around a 6.5 hour drive from Calais. At a distance of around 429 miles (691km) this is a venue for the serious carp angler, one who can appreciate the work involved in catching big carp and who are not afraid to fish larger waters. Although Villedon has a high stock level this is a large lake. It’s not an easy venue so don’t expect the fish to jump out at you, but if you get it right the results can be fantastic!
The lake is stunning with around 100 acres of water stretching for over 1.4mls (2km) and in this water swims some of the best carp you’ll ever see! There are over 1,200 carp with an average weight of 33lb and there are plenty of 60s and 70s to fish for – with the fish growing each year! The Dutch-owned lake is very well known in the carp fishing scene in Holland but it’s only recently that the English carper has become aware of its potential. It’s fame is spreading rapidly and it’s becoming one of the most sought-after venues so if Villedon ticks the boxes for you it’s advisable to book early!
Featuring many bays and peninsulas, Villedon’s 100 acres (40.4ha) is fed by a river, a constant source of fresh, aerated water. At the opposite end to the river is a large dam behind which you will find all the facilities that the venue has to offer. We’ll discuss these in depth later but they include a restaurant, sanitation facilities, a tackle shop and accommodation. The lakebed is fairly flat and comprises mainly sand with gravel patches and a covering of silt. There are no notable snags and little weed growth. Depths varies from 2-3m at the river end to around 3-4m at the dam end although some of the bays are only 80cm deep, ideal for stalking. A maximum of 30 anglers can fish each week from 18 swims, several of which are doubles and there are even some large enough for 3 anglers. There are no crayfish, but there is chat on the lake. Please consider this when selecting your type of bait. It should be noted that most of the swims are only accessible by boat.
This is a water that houses some big fish, and they’re growing! The water is drained every two years (it’s called a vidange in France) and this enables the management to check the stock. All the smaller carp are removed and released in the Dutch Mirror Carp Project lakes. During several winters tonnes of pike, silver fish and small carp were removed to allow the main carp stock to grow. It is plain to see that this is a well-managed water where the fish are in prime condition and have been chosen for their looks and growth potential.
The lake record stands at 72 pounds although this is expected to be broken soon. This fish is an amazing mirror carp that is putting on the pounds month by month. Keep in mind there is poisson chat.
There are 15 swims dotted around the lake, most of which are accessed by boat (1 and 21 are accessible by car, swim 20 on foot). With a maximum of 26 anglers fishing this gives each angler approximately 3 acres of water to fish. Most of the swims are doubles but can be booked by a single angler too. There are also some treble swims and some can be booked together for larger groups. Swims 1 to 11 are on the northern bank and swims 12 to 21 on the southern bank.
1 = double (in front of the 4-person holiday gite)
2 = single swim.
3 - 7 = double swims.
8 = single swim (7 and 8 can be booked for 3 anglers).
12 = single swim.
15 = double-triple swim.
17 & 18 = double swim.
19 = double-triple swim.
20 = double swim (accessible by foot). Can be booked in conjunction with 21+ cabin for 4 anglers.
21 = cabin and double swim.
Dogs are allowed at Villedon and you can use bait boats as well as the rowing/motor boats to bait up. Up to 4 rods are allowed. Unhooking mats are supplied.
There are always at least 2 people available on site to help you out, both with fishing and other issues and the nearest supermarket is around 25 minutes away. A fresh bread delivery service is available and Villedon itself has some excellent facilities including:
Villedon now has a newly-opened restaurant where anglers can while away the hours chatting, having a beer or enjoying a meal. There is a full-time chef and you can even order food from your swim and have it delivered to you for a small fee. There is an extensive menu available (both an anglers menu and a restaurant menu). Reservations can be booked in advance. Both the restaurant and the tackle shop accept credit cards.
At the reception area there is a well-stocked tackle shop selling gear from companies such as Korda and Proline. An extensive range of baits is also available including boilies & pellets. This area also houses showers and toilets. Cold drinks are available for purchase as is fresh bread which can be ordered for collection. A freezer is available for bait storage (max 30kg per angler). You can also hire boats and electric motors from here. There are charging points for electrical equipment available. The shop also sells a range of toiletries, clothing, milk etc.
An extensive array of fishing equipment is available to rent along with boats, electric motors etc. Rental prices: Boat, 50€ pw; electric motor, 50€ pw. Swims are allocated one boat each (no motor) and unhooking mats are provided, one for each angler. Extra boats and/or motors should be booked prior to arrival and payment is in Euros upon arrival. Bait boats are allowed but there are none available to rent. Extra batteries are also for rent for 10€ per week.
For those arriving on friday afternoon, you can camp outside the venue if you arrive before 19:00h (please inform us if you're arriving on Friday). You can have dinner or a drink in the restaurant.
from saturday to saturday
anglers: 390 Euros/week, 1 boat included on double swims, 2 boats included on triple swims.
non-fishing guests: 50 Euros/week
Cabin + 1 angler + 1 non-angler or cabin + 2 anglers = 1100€
4 pers holiday-home + 2 anglers and 2 non-anglers = 1400€
electro motor: 50 Euros/week
Extra boat rental: 25€ per week or 5€ per day (subject to availability)
Shower coins: 2,50€ for 8 minutes of warm shower
Adjacent to swim 21 is Briggsy’s Cabin, completely refurbished. Named after renowned big fish angler Steve Briggs, this little hideaway overlooks one of the most popular haunts for the bigger fish. There are 2 single beds and a basic kitchen area with fridge and electricity. There is a water supply and heating is from a Zibro heater and fuel is supplied. A small terrace is outside, overlooking the lake. This cabin books up very quickly so if you want to stay here you’ll have to book early! The cabin swim (21) can be booked in conjunction with swim 20 for up to 4 anglers.
Bedlinen, water & electricity are included. Please bring towels.
Price: Cabin + 1 angler + 1 non-angler or cabin + 2 anglers = 1150€ from 17/2-2/6/2018 and 1000€ from 2/6-3/11/2018
There is a gite adjacent to swim 1 and anglers can fish up to 6 rods from their own private pontoon. There is no further fishing from the dam and other gite guests must book and pay for additional swims. The gite is fully equipped with 2 bedrooms (1 bedroom with double bed, 1 bedroom with 1 double bed and 2 single beds) a kitchen, bathroom and separate toilet. The living room has a TV and DVD player. There is a fireplace and central heating (woodblocks are not included). Upstairs is the lounge and bedrooms with a private patio area giving access via a walkway to swim 1 (the pontoon). Bedlinen, water & electricity are included. Please note towels are not provided, so please make provision for this.
Price: 4 pers holiday-home + 2 anglers and 2 non-anglers = 1350€ from 17/2-2/6/2018 and 1250€ from 2/6-3/11/2018
If you bring your dog in the cabin or the holiday-home you will have to pay 15€
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 included in the price (safety jackets are on board). Own boats are permitted if they are green/grey. The use of life vests is compulsory wile using the boat. Don't use waders or chest waders in the boat for your safety! Bait boats are allowed if you respect the other anglers. Reeling in fish in the boat is only allowed if the fish is tangled in the marker or snags.
4. Swimming is allowed is you respect the other anglers.
5. Allowed rigs: “carp friendly” rigs (safety bolt rigs), micro barbed hooks (max. size 2) and nylon mainline. The hooklink may be stiff or braided, but should allways be less strong than the main line. Rig tube is ok. No lead core, no Safe Zone Leaders. 30 cm tubing on the mainline is compulsory.
6. Not Allowed: carp sacs, bent hooks, braided mainline, particles. Only pellets and boilies are allowed.
7. 4 Rods per angler. Bivvies and tents should be brown or green.
Each angler should have a big landingnet with a min. size of 90 cm, a big weigh sling and Klinic to desinfect the hook wounds. No need to bring unhooking mats, a large unhooking mat is supplied by Villedon.
8. Fishing is only allowed on the booked swims. Max. 2 marker sticks per person (no other markers allowed).
9. Please return the fish carefully to the water. Unhook the fish in the landing net in the water. No 25kg+ fish on the bank.
10. Marking or steeling fish will be reported immediately to the local Police (Gendarmerie).
11. Caravans and Campers are not allowed because the site is not a Camping. Excessive use of alcohol is 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. Open fire is not allowed. The use of gas cookers and barbecues is allowed.
14. The owner can keep the refundable payment if you don’t respect the regulations
15. Arrival between 13:00h - 16:00h. Departure between 09:00h - 11:00h.
16. The owner and the bailiff can check the hooklinks at any time.
17. The owner is not responsible for theft, fire, injury or what so ever.
18. Each angler should sign the regulations declaring that he/she accepts them.
19. Not all swims have car access.
20. No particles are allowed in the water.
PS. In case you are caught marking fish, you will have to deal with French Justice.