Anjou Lake and Fishing

Anjou Lake is a new big carp water. 6 anglers caught 7 x 50s, 9 x 40s, 5 x 30s & 1 x 29 in Oct '18. April '19 saw its first 60lb carp banked

At a Glance

  • 13 acres
  • Modern facilities
  • Bait boats allowed
  • Rowboats not provided
  • Nearest channel port - 2 hours
  • Individual, group and lake exclusive bookings
  • Biggest carp caught so far - 65lb 8oz in April 2019

About Anjou Lake

Anjou Lake is 13 acres and has space for up to 8 carp anglers. It's a brand new French carp lake, offering drive and survive fishing for big carp. Anjou is ideal for groups looking for an exclusive French carp lake and individuals wanting to go carp fishing in France at one of its top venues. You can book Anjou Lake direct here at Bigot Lakes.

Anjou's biggest attraction is that it recaptures some of the experiences of the pioneer anglers of old. Carp were introduced to the lake by fish farmer Laurent Bigot a few years ago and they haven't been touched since. Not even Laurent Bigot knows how big they have grown. 6 anglers were invited to fish it over a 2 week period in 2018. They caught 7 carp over 50lb. The lake's first 60s were banked in April 2019.


Facilities at Anjou Lake

Although Anjou Lake is a drive and survive venue it has modern lakeside facilities. A large chalet is supplied with mains water and electricity and contains a kitchen, bait freezer, fridge, modern w/c and shower.

The facilities at Anjou Lake have plenty of space for parking and turning. The chalet is located near the lake entrance and right next to the lake. From here, there's vehicular access to all swims during the drier months.

Anjou Lake Facilities

Anjou Lake Facilities


Anjou Lake Swims

Although it is possible to fish anywhere around the lake, the decision on where to put swims was delayed until the test anglers got a chance to see how the lake fished. Work is currently under way to finalise the exact positions of the swims, but the current plan is for 4 swims on each of the 2 long sides of the lake (top and bottom sides in the photo).

Swims will be on the top and bottom sides of the lake

Swims will be on the top and bottom sides of the lake


Anjou Lake Features

Anjou lake bed is made up of a clay shale, covered in very light silt. There is little weed and there should be no problems presenting baits. The depths vary between 2 and 6 foot in low water season and 3 to 7 foot in high water season. The main features consist of a series of varying depths across and along the length of the lake. The map also shows the approximate placings of the swims.

Map showing depths at Anjou Lake after a long dry summer

Map showing depths at Anjou Lake after a long dry summer


The Fish in Anjou Lake

Anjou Lake has carp to over 60lb. As of April 2019, anglers have already caught 7 different 50s and 2 carp over 60lb. Based on a possible sighting from one of the test anglers, there may be are one or two mandarin catfish of unknown size. The test anglers reported seeing lots of small native crayfish and one or 2 of the larger nuisance species. No sightings of poisson chat have been reported to date.

Ben Wood with the biggest carp caught so far at 60lb 6oz

Ben Wood with the biggest carp caught so far at 60lb 6oz