About COMMONS Lake

Commons Lake was named after its magnificent common carp. They run to over 60lb and its mirrors go to over 50lb. The venue consists of a 5 acre carp lake with accommodation right on the bank. The secluded lake is packed with big carp and has catfish to over 100lb.

Commons is located a few hundred metres from the Bigot fish farm. Situated near the top of a gentle slope, the lake surface catches any light breeze, which helps to keep it oxygenated in high summer. Local shops are 2 minutes up the road and the nearest supermarket is just 10 minutes away.

Commons Lake Prices & Availability

Commons Lake can be booked on a lake exclusive basis only. It is ideal for groups of 4 anglers but can accommodate up to 6

Please note that the price for Commons Lake has gone up 10% since 1st January 2023. So the new price is:

  • £1815 per week for up to 4 anglers (£453.75 each)
  • £1941.50 per week for up to 5 anglers (£388.30 each)
  • £2073.50 per week for up to 6 anglers (£345.58 each)
  • Non-Angler £66 per week
  • 10% discount for 2nd and subsequent weeks (across all 6 Bigot lakes) for the same group, during the same calendar year
  • Commons Lake is ideal for groups of 4 anglers, but can accommodate up to 6
  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking. The balance will be due 10 weeks before the date of your chosen week
  • For bookings less than 10 weeks before the start of your booked week, full payment will be required at the time of booking
  • Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card
  • Contact us if you have any special requirements or wish to book a week that is not shown on the availability calendar

Commons Lake Accommodation

The lakeside accommodation at Commons Lake is modern and comfortable

The Facilities at a Glance

  • Large wooden style chalet
  • Mains electricity, well water
  • Modern shower and w/c
  • UK plugs for charging
  • Fridge and bait freezer
  • Two bedrooms
  • Bring your own bedding and towels

The Mobile Chalet

The facilities at Commons Lake are housed in a spacious 45 square metre wooden style chalet. It has heating and is fully insulated with double glazed windows and shutters. Situated on the bank right behind the swims, the chalet has a covered deck and is perfectly placed for social carp fishing.

Inside the Mobile Chalet

Inside, the main room is open plan with a fitted kitchen, lounge area with sofa bed and dining table. The kitchen has a hob, oven, microwave and kettle. There are two bedrooms, one of which has a double bed and the other has bunk beds. The electricity supply is from the mains, so hot water is readily available. The water is from a well.

Outside the Mobile Chalet

Outside there is a wooden terrace and covered area with a dining table and chairs. If you want to stay close to the facilities you can set up on the chalet terrace or you can fish from the banks on either side. Many groups fish together on the chalet bank for those social gatherings.

Vehicle Access

The chalet has all-weather access for vehicles and plenty of space for parking.

What you should bring

Although the facilities at Commons are comfortable and modern, you need to bring your own bedding, towels and tea towels. You should also bring bottled drinking water if you prefer not to drink boiled well water. Please note that you will also need to bring your own consumables such as toilet rolls and rubbish bags as these are not provided. You don’t have to pack carp mats though. Nash Monster Carp Cradles are provided

The Swims at Commons Lake

Anglers are free to spread around 3 of its 4 sides (there is no fishing from the right bank).

Most choose to fish from the accommodation side for convenience. The second most popular choice is from its opposite bank. On occasion, anglers choose to fish from the long flat bank on the left.

The front of the chalet has been cleared into one long swim, which has become a perfect spot for social fishing.

Commons Lake Features

Commons Lake is roughly square in shape with depths averaging 1.5m on the left bank and 1m at the right bank. The lake bottom is clay covered by various depths of silt.

The main features at Commons Lake are the far margins, where the tree line provides shady spots. Some anglers use bait boats to reach these margins but many also fish from the far bank itself. This angler activity creates feeding spots in mid water, so don’t ignore open water.

If you are going for a mid water spot and you’re not familiar with the lake’s features, the best place to start is three quarters of the way from the chalet to its opposite bank.

Commons Lake Fishing

The lake has common carp to over 60lb, several 50s, a huge head of 30s and 40s, plus cats to over 100lb. In addition to the usual commons, mirrors, and linear carp, there are also a few grass carp present.

Despite the crayfish population has been drastically reduced, there is some crayfish activity in the warmer summer months, so we advise you to be prepared and adjust your choice of bait accordingly.  Wrap your boilies well and/ or with tiger nuts or include some artificial hookbaits and mesh or plastic heatshrink tubing to coat your boilies in your tackle just in case they are active during your visit.

Catch reports give a good indication of the average fish sizes in the lake. This catch report from a group of 2 anglers in October 2023: 27 fish, including 2 x 60, 4 x 50, 17 x 40s, and 4 x 30s.  8 out of every 10 carp caught at Commons Lake in 2023 weighed between 30 and 62lb. On average, at least one carp over 40 pounds was caught every 6 carp runs landed.

The great thing about Commons Lake is that you don’t have to drive too far. We’re 2 hours 10 minutes from the nearest port.

You can use the google map module below on your smatphone



Margot, Commons, Morgane and Lords Lakes are all situated within a 5 minutes drive of each other on the outskirts of Miré in West France, which is where the Bigot Fish Farm Operation is located.

Driving to the Carp Lake

Port Driving Time Distance
Calais (Ferry Port and Eurotunnel) 4 hours 30 minutes 300 miles
Caen (Ouistreham) 2 hours 10 minutes 145 miles
Le Havre 2 hours 50 minutes 190 miles
Dieppe 3 hours 10 minutes 210 miles
St Malo 2 hours 15 minutes 120 miles
Cherbourg 3 hours 20 minutes 185 miles
Roscoff 3 hours 40 minutes 210 miles
Address GPS (Decimal degrees) Degrees (minutes seconds)
Commons Lake is located near Miré on the D78 going towards Soeurdres N47.753318
N47° 45′ 11.944″
W0° 30′ 38.833″

We loved the Lake, it is a beautiful lake and the fish are in great condition. We would recommend to others to visit.
Fishing tactics: hardhookbaits/ imitation baits.
19 fish caught, including 3 x 45s, 2 x 40s, 6 x 35s, 6 x 30s, 2 x 25s.

Paul Creedon’s party 25th to 1st June 2024

It was a tough week this week, but both of them caught.
2 fish caught, 1 x 45s and 1 x 35s.

Darren and his friend 18th to 25th May 2024

It was a slow week.
Fishing tactics: pop-ups & Tiger nuts.
12 fish caught, 2 x 45s, 1 x 40s, 2 x 35s, 4 x 30s, 1 x 25s, and an albino catfish at 109lb.

Steve, Brian & Pat 11th to 18th May 2024

A tough week.
Fishing tactics: caught on wafters and yellow foam.
20 fish, including a common carp at 70lb, 1 x 55s, 3 x 50s, 4 x 45s, 2 x 40s, 4 x 35s, 2 x 30s, 1 x 25s, 1 x 2os, and a catfish at 69lb.

Steve, Shane & Mark 20th to 27th April 2024

The cabin is very useful for the week.
Fishing tactics: boilies + pellets (small amount).
26 fish caught so far, including a common at 68lb 08oz (PB for Dave), 1 x 55s, 1 x 50s, 3 x 45s, 3 x 40s, 6 x 35s, 4 x 30s, 3 x 25s, 3 x 20s.
5 catfish biggest at 47lb

Garry & Dave 20th to 27th April 2024

We have fished Commons and other Bigot Lakes for many years, and everything is good as usual.
Guiliany and Laurent were very helpful as always. The weather was cool and variable. When we arrived the Lake was very high and fishing was slow. Fishing and weather improved towards the end of our first week.
Fishing tactics: Boilies over beds of particles. Fishing mostly at range. The right-hand side of the Lake seemed to fish more consistently. Catfish were very active.
20 fish caught in total, including 3 x 50s, 3 x 40s, 3 x 35s, 1 x 25s, 3 x 20s, 1 under 20lb.
7 catfish up to 96lb.

John & Ann Burnhope 6th to 20th April 2024

What a week!
36 banked fish, including 2 commons at 66lb 2 0z (PB for Teresa), and 65lb 15oz (PB’s for Glenn), 2 x 50s, 6 x 45s, 13 x 40s, 5 x 35s, 2 x 30s, 4 x 25s, 2 x 20s, 2 under 20lb. Catfish 1 x 111lb (PBs for Dave), 1 x 67lb 1oz (PBs for Julia), 1 x 33lb.

Glenn & Teresa Lack, Julia & Dave Reynolds 30th March to 6th April 2024

Nothing relly worked this time! Having been many times and smashed it up, the carp seem to be very moody and wise.
17 fish caught, including 1 x 45, 2 x 40s, 1 x 35s, 2 x 30s, 6 x 25s, 3 x 20s, and a catfish at 44lb.

Steve Bell 23rd to 30th March 2024

All good as it has been for the last few years.
Fishing tactics: wafters work best, pop-ups were no joy this time.

Paul & Liam Hardy 16th March 2024

Fantastic fishery.  Fish are in superb condition, lodge is very good. Overall excellent and we look forward to visiting again soon.
Fishing tactics: fishing boilies only. Tried maize (tigers), bau all bites came to boilies at range.
28 fish in total, including a common at 66lb 12oz and at 63lb, 4 x 50s to 58lb o6oz, 5 x 45s, 12 x 40s, 2 x 35s, 2 x 30s, and a catfish at 71lb.

Mick & Kevin Watters 28th October – 4th November 2023

Mick & Kevin Watters 28th October – 4th November 2023

Commons Lake Rules

Our lakes are designed so that you enjoy your stay and our fish are protected at the same time. Please take time to read these rules.

  • Security Deposit: On arrival, you will be asked for a £200 per group security deposit. This will be returned at the end of the week providing everything is left in good condition, and as clean and tidy as when you arrived.
  • Please do not arrive before 12.30 p.m. and depart no later than 10 a.m.
  •  Maximum of 3 rods per angler, which MUST not be left unattended. If your rods are unattended you will be asked to leave without a refund.
  • Maximum of 3 rods per angler, which MUST not be left unattended. If your rods are unattended you will be asked to leave without a refund.
  • No lead core or braided main line.
  • Minimum line – 15 lbs breaking strain – safety rigs only.
  • Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only. No hooks bigger than size 1 and no bent hook rigs. Please use safe rigs making sure that the lead set up can slide over any shock leader knot.
  • H Block marker floats are not allowed on Commons.
  • Unhooking mats are compulsory, the lake provides carp cradles. No sacking of fish.
  • All photos should be taken kneeling down just above the unhooking mat; no standing.
  • All fish over 35lbs MUST be photographed in the water, NOT on the bank. Bring your waders to make sure your pics with the fish are in the water (under your responsibility).
  • Fish must be kept wet while out of the water.
  • We would ask that the fish be kept out of the water for the minimum time possible to decrease their stress level.
  • All anglers must carry carp care kits and MUST treat every fish and use these whenever necessary.
  • With the exception of particles purchased on-site, or factory-pre-prepared branded seeds and nuts, e.g. Quest, Dynamite, Natural Baits, etc., no other particles will be allowed. Preparation of particles on site is strictly forbidden and there is a zero tolerance policy in operation at this venue.
  • No marking or mutilation of fish, offenders will be prosecuted.
  • We would ask that the fish be kept out of the water for the minimum time possible.
  • Boats are not allowed, but bait boats are OK.
  • No swimming and no loud radios, please. Please leave your pegs clean and put all litter, bottle tops and cigarette ends in the bins provided.
  • Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times.
  • The toilets use a septic tank system, not main drainage. Please do not put anything down the toilet except toilet tissue otherwise you will block it. In particular please do not put baby wipes down the toilet.
  • Any angler not respecting the rules will be asked to leave and no refund will be given.

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For further information about booking and availability, please email us at contact@bigotlakes.com