Customer Reviews About Carp Fishing at Commons Lake in France

What customers say about carp fishing in France at Commons Lake, including their catch reports and general comments.

James Brockbank

Excellent Fishing

By James Brockbank on 14 September 2019

Fishing was excellent facilities have everything needed. May need some updating - cradles need replacing fish could get damaged.

The lake and fish were great. The rats are becoming a massive problem now hardly any on the first trip but now they are running around our bivvies all night.

Fishing Tactics: Bottom baits. Boilies and tiger nut plus snowman rigs all worked.

89 Fish and 4 new PBs:

79 Carp - 4 x 50s, 13 x 40s, 42 x 30s, 17 x 20s and 3 under 20. 3 Grass Carp - 1 x 40 and 2 x 20s. 7 Cats - 2 x 90s and 5 between 10 and 15lb. Also caught 1 kitten.

Jeff Bunch

Bring Waders

By Jeff Bunch on 7 September 2019

Facilities are good, a few pillows would be good for the duty driver on the last night. A second shelf for the oven would be very, very useful indeed, but all in all the facilities are OK. We could not fish the cabin bank as the water level was so low it prevented safe netting and returning of fish - only a couple of inches of water at the edge and many rocks. We fished the far bank but even then we had to wade in to net and return fish. It would be good to advise anglers to bring waders if the water level is low. An additional low level staging on the cabin bank would also help for low water conditions.

The far bank fence tree line would benefit from a cut back to enable more room for vehicle access and bivvies and work to remove the right hand tree line snags would benefit fishing as less chance of a tethered fish. Some of the fish cradles are unusable as they are ripped and will not hold fish. All in all the lake would benefit from some TLC.

Fishing Tactics: All fish caught on a wide range of boilies - monster red, royal marine, manilla, krill and SLK. Did notice that the fish move around the lake a lot and tend to go back to feed on previously baited spots. The water level was very low, so not many fish in the margins and the snags are prolific along the right hand tree line - be warned.

Most fish caught outside of daylight hours. We varied tactics, from bait boating with a concentrated area of bait to covering a wide area with single baits. Both tactics worked equally well. All the fish were seen to be in good condition.

27 Carp - 6 x 40s, 17 x 30s (1 grass) and 4 x 20s. Also caught a 1lb zander and 6 kittens.

Simon Watson

Best Lake We've Been To

By Simon Watson on 31 August 2019

Best lake we've been to in 12 years of carp fishing in France. Facilities more than adequate for drive and survive fishing. Commons Lake is excellent. Size and quality of fish second to none of the lakes we have fished in France. Will definitely return.

32 Fish and 5 new PBs: Carp - 2 x 50s, 4 x 40s (1 grass), 15 x 30s, 8 x 20s (1 grass) and 2 under 20lb.

Catfish - 1 x 75lb (+ caught 6 kittens).

Ben and Colin Gregory

Excellent as Always

By Ben and Colin Gregory on 24 August 2019

Excellent as always. Laurent and Martin on hand if needed. Definitely worth the second week on this trip. Still flew by! Only one fished during the night, but both getting PBs across the trip. Slowed down towards the end of the 2nd week as heat picked up.

Fishing Tactics: Varied Cell (pop up, wafter & snowman) over crushed boilie and pellet. Also caught on Essential IB. Most fish from far margin, 3/4 distance, left margin (by tree), centre lake and in front of the weeds - right corner.

35 Fish:

Carp - 2 x 50s, 3 x 40s, 8 x 30s, 6 x 20s and 2 under 20. Grass Carp - 2 x 30s. Cats - 1 x 60 and 1 x small. Also caught 8 kittens.

Paul Marsh

Really Enjoyed The Week

By Paul Marsh on 10 August 2019

Really enjoyed the week. Some PBs broken (6 times). Coypus a bit of a nuisance giving false bleeps. Facilities adequate - had trouble with the shower, but it was fixed the next day. Lovely stock of fish (too many kittens though).

Fishing Tactics: 6 fishing so different set-ups, but mainly snowmen over bed of bait.

45 Fish:

43 Carp - 1 x 50, 9 x 40s, 22 x 30s (1 grass), and 8 x 20s (2 grass).

2 x catfish - 1 x 75 and 1 x 15 (+ 11 x kittens).

John Hague

Fantastic Fishing

By John Hague on 3 August 2019

Fantastic fishing and fantastic people. Martin, Shirley and Laurent there if you need them, but left alone to enjoy your holiday.

Facilities are adequate - all you need for a fishing holiday. Lake is fantastic - full of pristine quality fish.

Fishing Tactics: Bait boat with pellet and boilies.

Catching spots (looking from cabin): Left near corner - 30yds from left bank - 40 yds from cabin bank. Far margin - A line across the lake parallel with the far bank (30yds from far bank anywhere except in front of the pipe. Right margin - Gap in the tree line. Three quarter line - mid water and both margins.

Total - 37 fish, including 4 PBs:

24 Carp - 1 x 60, 3 x 40s, 17 x 30s and 3 x 20s. 3 cats - 2 x 90s, 1 x 60 and 1 x 30. 2 grass - 1 x 30 and 1 x 20 + 8 kittens.

Jordan Hay

Nice to See 94lb Albino

By Jordan Hay on 27 July 2019

Really difficult week - slow fishing, 40+ degrees and no fish showing. It was nice to see the 94lb albino cat!

Fishing Tactics: Caught on a mixture of methods using home made baits. 2 anglers + kids.

11 Fish: 5 x 30s, 2 x 20s, 1 x 94 cat, 1 x 37 cat, 1 x 10lb cat and a kitten.

Keith Moore

Great Lake

By Keith Moore on 20 July 2019

Great lake & cabin. All you need for a great week's fishing. Cradles past sell by date and could do with new ones. Other than that an excellent place to go.

Fishing & Tactics: Slow to start, but picked up during the week. Had to work hard to get a bite. Most fish during night/early morning. Small beds of bait with boilies/maize/tiger nuts as hook bait.

8 carp and 2 new PBs: 1 x 44lb 11oz grass carp, 3 x 30s, 3 x 20s and 1 x 10lb. Also had 4 kittens.

John Hanks

Fishing Was Awesome!

By John Hanks on 13 July 2019

Very good, fantastic place, facilities were spot on and the fishing was awesome! Our second trip here and we will be back for many more. The fishing was very good with a few double takes throughout the week and 4 fish in 40 mins to one of our group! Every swim produced fish and PBs were broken 12 times.

Fishing Tactics: Boilie over bed of boilies worked best and solid bags also caught a few.

Total 46 carp: 2 x 40s, 30 x 30s (3 grass), 13 x 20s (2 grass) and 1 under 20lb.

Carl Jackson

Fishing Slow This Week

By Carl Jackson on 6 July 2019

Fishing was very hard due to the weather conditions. A slow weeks fishing, but several PBs caught. Lake 9/10. Facilities - 4/10 - facilities are dated & could do with a deep clean & change of mattress/sofa bed. Unhooking mats are well used and could do with updating soon.

Fishing Tactics: pop up or plastic over beds of bait worked best.

17 Carp - 3 x 40s (1 grass), 10 x 30s (2 grass), 4 x 20s (1 grass).