Ruffaud carp fishing lake france 2019 5da98549
Gimel-les-Cascades, Southern France


Gimel-les-Cascades, Southern France
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Lake Description

Carp Fishing at Ruffaud

Situated in the small village of Saint-Priest-de-Gimel (19800) in the department of Corrèze (Central France), the carp venue Ruffaud has a total area of 60 hectares, which is about 150 acres. The lake itself is around 62 acres (25 hectares) and is nestled in dense pine woods mixed with oak, beech and other deciduous trees. Ruffaud is the second venue run by the succesful IKTUS management which will guarantee good service and of course... BIG fish!

The Lake & the Swims

Fead by six streams, this 62 acre carp fishing lake has depth that varies between two and six metres. The lake features three arms, a small island and 5km of tree-lined wild margins. A maximum of 10 swims gives space for up to 20 anglers. In-between the swims there is at least 400-500m, so there’s no risk of crossing lines with your fellow anglers. Most of the swims only have access by boat.

The bottom of the lake in mainly sand, with some areas with large boulders. There is some silt in the central part of the lake; favourite habitat of freshwater mussels.

Swim 1 (= A): no longer available

Swim 2 (= B): large Double swim. Max 5m deep. There's plenty of space to bivvy and you can park the car about 30m from this swim. You can leave the car here. A boat isn't necessary to fish this swim, but is recommended if you want to fish the margins on the other side (150m). Swim for 2 or 3 anglers.

Swim 3 (= C): Double island wooded swim. Wooden pontoon in shallow area. Less regular bottom and up to 6m deep with some boulders. This swim has access to the deepest part of the lake. A small wooden bridge connects the island with the woods.

Swim 4 (= D): Swim for 1 or 2 anglers. Great option for 3 or 4 anglers who like to book the whole island. The fishing area is totally different to swim 3 (= C); on the right there's an old dam where the bottom slopes to 5m. On the left hand side there's a wild shallow bay.

Swim 5 (= E): Swim for 1 or 2 anglers. Stoney banks. Depths ranging between 1 & 5m. The deepest area is the old river bed in the centre.

Swim 6 (= F): Wooden pontoon for 2 anglers. Large bivvy area in the woods. Depths between 1m & 5m. Stoney bank.

Swim 7 (= G): This is the VIP swim; the G-spot. This swim has access to an enormous fishing area including 100m of margins in front of the swim. Gentle slopes with depths ranging from 1m to 4m. Sandy bottom with rocky patches. Featuring its own private beach, this swim is located next to the bar/restaurant. There's a comfortable cabin of around 20m2 - large enough for 2 bedchairs - featuring heating, power & running water, small fridge, cooking hobs. During summer solar energy provides warm water for the outdoor shower. The grassy swim is situated 10m from the cabin. There's a toilet behind the swim. Swim suitable for 2 or 3 carp anglers.
Optional, the anglers can rent one or two studios situated right behind the swim. The 22m2 studios have great lake views; they have a large bedroom with 2 single beds, fridge, hobs, coffee machine and bathroom.

Swim 8 (= K1): no longer available

Swim 9 (= I): Large double swim with a wooden pontoon giving the anglers the possibility to fish it from all angles. It’s equipped with a 20m2 Safari tent with 2 rooms, and is a wooden & metal structure only 15m from the banks. Optionally you can rent one of the studios behind swim 7 (= G). Swim suitable for 2 or 3 anglers.

Swim 10 (= J): Connecting the main arm with the northern arm, this swim offers a sandy shallow bottom. The wooden pontoon allows anglers to target the irregular lake bed (1-3m deep), it has boulders on the right-hand side and the drop off where the bottom joins the old river bed. Surrounded by 360° of woods, swim 10 (= J) is a wild swim for a maximum of 2 anglers.

Swim 11 (= K): 1 - 2 m deep alternating between stoney areas, boulders, and flat areas, this swim features two underground water sources and two streams at the far end. A maximum of two anglers fish from a wooden platform of 5x5 meters.

Swim 12 (= L): The "House Boat" swim. 1 - 3 m deep with a mainly stoney bottom, 2 streams. 1 or 2 anglers fish from a floating wooden "house" on a platform. Maximum 1 non-fishing guest for this swim.


Ruffaud has a healthy stock of strong carp. A large part of its stock consists of wild carp that have never been caught before. The venue has been restocked in several occacions and now counts up to 900 commons and mirrors. At least 3 fish should be well over 30kg. Current lake record is 33kg (73lb).

There are no poisson chat, bream or tench in the lake, only some crayfish. Additionally, the lake won't be stocked with sturgeon, which most of our clients will appreciate.

Service & Amenities

Following the Iktus concept, the venue offers a large choice of services for the carp anglers: large swims, great carp stock, restaurant with terrace & great views over the lake, good parking, showers, several toilets around the venue, a small tackle shop (Dynamite Baits/Fox), guiding & tips in 3 languages.

Addtionally there are BBQ’s, boat & tackle hire (FOX), fridges & freezers, washing machine, charging points, etc. Boat rental is 50€, and you can also rent electric motors for 50€ along with echo sounders at 30€.


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Key points

  • Lake Ruffaud
  • Departement Corrèze
  • Open March until November
  • Distance Calais - Ruffaud: 775 km
  • Area 62 acres (25 hectares)
  • Bottom Sandy bottom with some boulders. Mud in the centre.
  • Depth from 2 tot 6 meters
  • Max. number of Anglers 20
  • Stocks 1000 carp, lake record 73lb (33kg)
  • Access Swim 2-7-8 accessible by car, rest by boat
  • Price per Angler 300€ (2021: 325€)
  • Price non-fishing guest 49€ per week
  • Wifi Yes
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