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Carp fishing at Lac Paul
Recy, Northern France

Carp fishing at Lac Paul

Recy, Northern France
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Lake Description

Less than 3 hours from Calais, lies Lac Paul, a 10 acre (4 hectares) carp fishing lake for up to four anglers. Like many other venues in the Champagne region, Lac Paul is an old gravel pit with depths varying from 2 to 6 metres. The new owner, a young enthusiastic French carp angler, wants to market his water in cooperation with Fisherman Holidays in 2022. The property is clean, it radiates tranquillity and everything is in good order. The carp stock is largely unknown, but is estimated at around 160 fish. The biggest fish so far weighed 25kg (55lb). Lac Paul is a great lake for carp anglers who would like to have a whole lake at their disposal, all not too far from home.

The Lake

Lac Paul is one of the many old gravel pit near the river Marne. The depths range from 2 to 6 metres. The bottom consists of gravel, sand and silt. On arrival, we recommend that you find the hard and soft spots first and then start fishing.

In the summer months there is weed formation. There is poisson chat and crayfish.

The Stock

The carp stock has not been fully mapped yet, as there was almost no fishing on this water. The new owner and carp anglers from the neighbourhood have fished this water and caught nice fish with some carp up to 25 kg. Our own test team caught carp between 11kg (25lb) and 15kg (35lb); they were pleasantly surprised by the venue.

The owner estimates the stock to be around 160 large carp. There are 2 large catfish over 2 metres to keep the number of smaller fish down.

Own boats and baitboats may be used.

The swims

Lac Paul has 2 comfortable swims that are close together. The unique shape of the water allows each angler to fish a different part of the water without disturbing the other. There is a lot of space on the swims. The bivvies can be set up directly behind the swims on the lawn. The intention is to only rent out this water exclusively. The water is ideal for a group of 2 to 4 anglers who want to have a social.

Sanitary facilities and service

Behind the swims is a wooden building with all sanitary facilities, such as sink, toilet and shower. Electricity is generated by solar panels and stored in a battery, so it is enough to charge your batteries, but you cannot run a fridge on it.

Bait boats & boats are allowed.

Dogs are allowed. The supermarket is 15 minutes from the lake and in the village Matougues there is a comfortable hotel with an excellent restaurant Auberge des Moissons.

Paul sells cooked particles for 20€ for 25kg Particle mix. Please order a couple of days in advance to prepare the particles. He speaks French and English.

Key points

  • Lake: Lac Paul
  • Department: Marne, Champagne (Northern France)
  • Area: 10 acres (4 hectares)
  • Open: March to November
  • Distance: Calais - Lac Paul: 318 km
  • Bottom: gravel, sand and silt
  • Depth: 2 to 6 meters
  • Anglers: maximum 4
  • Stock: around 150 carp
  • Lake Exclusive: 1-2 anglers: 650€; 3 anglers: 960€. 4 anglers: 1250€
  • Wifi: no
See Carp fishing at Lac Paul rules here >>

Rules - Lac Paul

Northern France

1. The owner requests to send him a Whatsapp or SMS before 10am with the expected time of arrival: +33 780 054 339 (Paul).
2. It’s allowed to fish 24 hrs per day - catch and release
3. Bait boats & boats are allowed.
4. Swimming is forbidden.
5. Allowed rigs: “carp friendly” rigs (safety bolt rigs), barbed & barbless hooks are allowed. Nylon and braided mainline are allowed. Lead Core is allowed. Rig tube is allowed.
6. Not Allowed: carp sacs, peanuts, tiger nuts. Fixed lead systems: in case the line brakes the carp must be able to swim free without lead.
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 big unhooking mat (min. 4 cm thick, 1m large and 1,2m long)
8. Fishing is only allowed on the booked swims.
9. Please return the fish carefully to the water
10. Marking or stealing fish will be reported immediately to the local Police (Gendarmerie).
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. No cigarette butts on the ground.
13. Dogs are allowed. Open fire is not allowed. Gas cookers and barbecues are allowed.
14. The owner can keep the refundable payment if you don’t respect the regulations
15. Arrival: 12.00 h. Please contact Paul via Whatsapp or SMS before 10 AM if you arrive later than 12 AM. His phone is +33 780 054 339. Departure before 12.00 h.
16. The owner and the bailiff can check the hook links 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. Waste separation: please separate glass from plastic and from paper.


Very weedy lost some fish in the weed. Paul's a smahing bloke may go back when facilities are sorted.
Mijn maten ik ik zijn in november hier een verlengd weekend geweest. Het was toen zeer koud 2 graden) maar we wisten toch 6 vissen te vangen waarvan 4 karpers. We hebben van dit water genoten. Ideaal voor 4 vissers die ff op privewater willen vissen. Het leuke is ook dat het visbestand nog onbekend is buiten de enkele 20 gers die er opzitten. Ik kan die zeker aanraden.

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