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La Renarde
Juzanvigny, Northern France

La Renarde

Juzanvigny, Northern France
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Lake Description


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 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.


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 (basic) 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: 300 Euro/week (Sat - Sat) + 20€ Waste collection fee
Non-Anglers: 70 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.

Key points

  • The Lake: La Renarde
  • Departement: Aube (Champagne)
  • Open: From End of March until November
  • Distance to lake: Calais - La Renarde: 407 km
  • Surface: 10 ha
  • Bottom: Clay and silt, no obstacles
  • Depth: 1 to 2 meter
  • Max. Anglers: 8
  • Stocking: 280 carp between 20 and 56 pounds
  • Weed formation: None
  • Access: all swims have good access by car
  • Price per Angler: 300€ per week + 20€ Waste collection
  • Price per non-Angler: 70 € per week
  • Lake Exclusive: 1650€ per week (6 anglers)
  • Wifi: No
See La Renarde rules here >>

Rules - La Renarde

Northern France

Check in at Domaine de Brocard between 02:00 PM and 04:00 PM. Domaine de Brocard, Epothémont (10500), France. In Epothémont at the crossroad go right. After about 500 m in the corner you will find the entrance of Domaine the Brocard.

After your check-in, you can go to La Renarde: leave Domaine de Brocard and go back to Epothémont. In Epothémont, go right and head towards Brienne-le-Chateau. After about 2 km, you'll find a sign on your left hand side "La Renarde". Turn left here and continue over the graveled path. On the crossing, go right and you'll find the lake after a few meters on your left. You can go to your designated swim.

Please settle 20€ Waste collection fee on arrival cash with the bailiff.

Arrival: from 14.00 til 16.00 o’clock. Please don’t arrive too early.
Departure: before 10.00 o’clock. Before you leave you will get back the refundable payment.

1. Unhooking mats and nets, slings must be shown to be dry on arrival (if wet we will dry them)
2. All shelters, bivvies must be Green or camouflage
3. All anglers must pay a 50 euro refundable bond and ask to sign a contract to abide by all fishery rules. This is payed back on your departure.
4. Unhooking mats must be no smaller than 70cm x 90cm.
5. Each angler MUST have a large container filled with lake water ready to pre wet mats and slings to minimise stress. Fish must be kept wet while out of the water.
6. Pvc weigh slings only
7. All anglers MUST have carp care antiseptic for treating hook wounds
8. Main line Mono only. Min mainline 15lbs. Max 20lbs
9. Leads must be able to brake away when needed. Leads must not drop off on every bite
10. Min hook size 6 Max 4. ALL hooks must be Barbless no flattening barbs.
11. Bait boats are permitted but you must be responsible in there use
12. Tigernuts are allowed.
13. Cars can be parked behind the swim.
14. There is to be no carp sacks on site not even to dry bait. If you are found to have one you will be asked to leave immediately
15. Dogs are allowed.
16. Tiger nuts are allowed
17. No lead core. Lead less leaders, safe zone leaders and tubing are all allowed. One of them must be used as we do not allow naked rigs. Band rigs, 360 rigs, Ronnie rigs (spinner rigs).
18. Particles must be cooked until core is soft and must be shown to the bailiff. Pellets must be purchased on site.
19. Freezer bait or shelf life are allowed. No salt in bait.
21. All fish over 50lbs must be reported to the bailiff
22. Please respect your casting area and all other anglers and staff
23. Boats and bait boats are allowed.
24. Drinking is aloud but if you are found to be drunk you will be asked to bring your rods in until we see you fit to fish
25. No dumping Bait before you leave.
26. The facilities are for every one's use so respect them and keep them clean after use .
27. Please keep noise down and respect your surroundings
28. Unhooking Mats mush be ready at all times
29. No fires.
30. All anglers MUST enjoy there stay

If you are unsure of any thing please ask bailiff Franck +33 6 24 10 06 95


Remove the pike
Sadly we picked a week that was too hot and runs were not coming no matter what rigs or bait we tried. Lots of tiny black shoals of catfish have got in the lake. Bailff’s we’re fantastic. Power in the facilities was not good enough to charge boats and other electronics as well as power the shower which we all used daily due to the heat.

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