"Far from a good weeks fishing, possibly the weather played a part, low oxygen levels, due to falling leaves and green algea, but the fish weren't really feeding. 5 carp out to 5 anglers all week. I got off to a good start on the first morning landing a 45lb common carp and was hoping this was a sign of things to come, but unfortunately that was my only carp out all week, I did loose one to a hook pull on the last night. My friend had two carp during the week, again both commons, 24 & 34lb. The three fish we had were in fantastic condition. The lake itself is lovely, set in woodland. We fished swim 1 which has a large wooden cabin which was fantastic for storage , cooking and socialising. We even slept under it on the last night after packing our bivvys away dry as if was forecast to rain on the Saturday morning, which it did. The amenities block was good, it was clean, and the showered despite being solar heated water was always hot. Basic, but sufficient. Although we didn't have a particularly good weeks fishing, I would return, perhaps at a different time of year as I feel I have unfinished business with the residents of the lake."
"The lake has a good stock of smaller fish and a smattering of 30+lb lumps. A few snags around the margins and weed patches developing so surveying the lake is essential. Facilities are basic, as described but not maintained so take cleaning stuff with you and don't expect hot showers or clean toilets. Sweet bright pop up boilies fished over a bed of pellets do the trick but the smaller fish do come in."
La Renarde is in the Aube (Champagne) region of France, around 252 miles (407km) from Calais which is about a 3hr 45minute drive from Calais. The journey down is easy to follow over mainly motorway-standard roads. The nearest main town is Brienne Le Chateau which is close to the majestic Orient lake and forest. The town has everything you will need during your stay including shops, restaurants and bars. There is also a small tackle shop. The lake has a large stock of carp so can be classed as relatively easy although the lake does have fish to around 55-60lb. It’s a popular venue, and rightly so as, with excellent fishing, the basic requirements as far as facilities, and peace and quiet, it’s got something for everyone.
La Renarde has a surface area of around 10 ha (24.7 acres). It is around 2m deep and features a bottom comprising mainly clay with silt areas. There are no major snags and the water does not suffer from weed problems. The lake is set in a sylvan setting, in the middle of fields and surrounded by mature deciduous woodland, mainly oak. It is fringed by reeds and has a gravel track around its edge.
There are only four swims on La Renarde, which can be fished by a maximum of eight anglers. All the swims are roomy and comfortable and have good access by car. Swim 4 is the one to choose if you don’t like sitting in the sun all day. It’s on the south side of the lake and has shaded areas which keep the sun off in the afternoon. The other swims do have shaded areas though and there are some wooden shelters available for use by anglers. Each swim is generally booked for two anglers although a single angler can book a swim (except for swims 1 and 5).
The lake fishes well all year round and, as bait boats are allowed, baiting up to entice the fish to feed can be done easily. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bait boat though as baiting up by hand, throwing stick or with a spod will still bring excellent results as the fish like to home in on beds of bait. Long range casting is not required.
The margins of the lake shouldn’t be disregarded as there are reeds and overhanging bushes but, in general, this is a lake fished to spots in open water.
There are around 280 carp in La Renarde ranging from around 20lb upwards with a maximum size of 55-60lb. The water is quite heavily coloured which shows how well the fish feed and multiple catches are frequent. The fish in La Renarde are really lovely with golden commons and plated mirrors. The fish do show themselves well when feeding over the silty bottom and feeding to the bubbling fish will, very often, bring good results. In 2017 a restocking has been done of 30 lovely new carp.
There are only four swims on La Renarde, all of which are doubles. The lake can be fished by up to 8 anglers and can be booked exclusively for groups. Each swim has excellent access by car and the swims are particularly roomy, gravel based and there are also some wooden shelters which are ideal for storing gear or sitting under to enjoy the shade. Swim 1 is on the dam and commands a large area of open water. Swims 3 and 5 are on the north side so make the most of the sun throughout the day. Swim 4 is on the south side and is the one to pick if you like a bit of shade in the afternoon.
The lake has recently-built facilities which include a wooden sanitary block with running water and electricity. This is powered by solar panels and houses a sun-powered boiler. There is also a toilet near swim 5. There is good vehicular access to all the swims and the lake is surrounded by a gravel path/track. The lake is only a short drive from the road so is easily accessible in all weathers.
Anglers: 275 Euro/week (Sat - Sat)
Non-Anglers: 50 Euro/week
Exclusive Lake Hire: 1650 €/week
Minimum 2 anglers per week.
3 rods per angler, barbless hooks, big unhooking mat, large weigh sling, green tents, no braided mainline, no carp sacks, bait boats are allowed, domestic animals are allowed.
On arrival every angler has to show his unhooking mat, his landing net and his weigh sling to desinfect them, to avoid possible carp viruses. Try to have these items ready on arrival.
ESSENTIAL CARP WELFARE EQUIPMENT (without this equipment you won’t get access to the lake)
· Rods. Maximum 3 rods plus one light float or quiver rod per angler. The fourth rod CANNOT be fished with live bait, dead bait, boilies or a bite alarm.
· Unhooking mat, min size 30” x 38” (70 cm x 90 cm) and at least 1.5” (4 cm) thick with padded shoulders. Please have a container filled with lake-water to hand for pre-wetting the mat to minimise stress and damage to the fish.
· Landing net: Large, min 42” (90 cm) arms. (Aluminium spreader block recommended).
· Weigh Sling: Large PVC slings only.
. Hooks: Maximum size 2, minimum size 6. Simple pattern barb less only, flattened barbs or bent hooks are not acceptable.
· Chest Waders: Chest Waders are allowed.
. Torches: to have both hands available use headlamps only.
· BIVVY/ TENTS. Angler’s shelters must be green or camouflage.
. DESINFECTANT: For treating hook wounds please.
. Bring Flip-Flops for the showers.
Allowed: Running, efficient semi-fixed leads and safety bolt-rigs
Hooklinks should be weaker then the main line.
Not allowed : Carp sacks. Should you be found in possession of a carp sack, you will be escorted from the lake immediately.
peanuts, uncooked or not entirely cooked particles. These have to be cooked or weakened until the core is soft.
Snab, shock or lead core leaders. The main line must be tied direct to the hook link swivel.
fixed lead systems.
Please hold the carp above the unhooking mat when making pictures.
We don’t want to make fishing impossible, these measures are only meant to treat the fish with maximum of respect.
· All fish have to be returned to the lake (NO KILL)
· If you leave your swim you must reel in your rods.
· Please organise your peg (landing net, unhooking mat+container filled with lake-water, video, fotocamera,
weigh sling) so you can return the fish within 5 minutes after having desinfected the hook wounds.
The mutilation of fish is STRICTLY forbitten. Anglers found mutilating fish will forfeit their deposit, further non-compliance results with being escorted from the lake .
· Please respect the tranquillity and the beauty of the nature. Garbagebags (no bottles) must be placed in the containers on the truck parking place in the centre of the village Juzanvigny. The glass-container is next to the garbage-container. Don't leave any fishing gear there.
. Headlamps on the pontons.
· The cars can be parked behind the swims.
· Dogs are allowed, camp fires are not allowed. Barbecues are allowed.
· Dumping left over bait into the lake is prohibited.
. On arrival you will be asked to pay a refundable deposit of 50 euros and asked to sign a contract to abide by these regulations.
The bailiff will help you with all your doubts and questions and will help you have an excellent journey.
Anglers found to be breaking the rules will forfeit their deposit, further non-compliance results with being escorted from the lake.