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
- £1650 per week for up to 4 anglers (£412.50 each)
- £1765 per week for up to 5 anglers (£353 each)
- £1885 per week for up to 6 anglers (£314.17 each)
- Non-Angler £60 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.
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, a number of 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.
Commons Lake is netted each year to remove any kittens. There are no other nuisance fish.
Catch reports give a good indication of the average fish sizes in the lake. This catch report from a group of 3 anglers in October 2018: 16 fish, including 1 x 60, 1 x 50, 4 x 40s, 9 x 30s and 1 x 20. In 2018 Commons Lake averaged just under a fish a day per angler across the whole season. 8 out of every 10 carp caught at Commons Lake in 2018 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
|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″
Very satisfied – we would recommend Commons Lake.
Fishing tactics: Bait topped with yellow over bed of particle also snowman fish tight to banks opposite lodge, top right bay, tree margin on the right bank.
13 fish in total: 5 x 45lb+, 2 x 40lb+, 1 x 35lb, 1 x 30lb+, 3 x 25lb+.
1 catfish x 21lb.
Very satisfied – loved every minute, some of the best french fishing out there! The fish are in fantastic condition.
Suggestions – could do with a few small cats removed.
Fishing tactics: fishing 3/4 towards the far bank, boilie over pellet.
52 fish caught by 1 angler, including a common carp at 63lb 120z, 2 x 50lb+, 6 x 45lb+, 12 x 40lb+, 8 x 35lb+, 8 x 30lb+, 3 x 25lb+, 1 x 20lb.
11 Catfish: 1 x 95lb, 1 x 67lb, 1 x 65lb, 1 x 62lb, 1 x 28lb, 1x 24lb, 1 x 22lb, 1 x 18lb, 3 under 15lb.
Unreal week! we had 53 catches between the two of us, including a common at 65lb PB, 1 x 63lb, 6 x 50lb+, 8 X 45lb+, 7 x 40lb+, 15 x 35lb+, 7 x 30lb+, 2 x 25lb+, 1 x 20lb+, 1 x 15lb+, 1 teens.
Catfish: an albino catfish at 106lb PB, 1 x 20lb, 1 x 12lb .
Satisfied – we would recommend Commons Lake. The weather temperature was -3 when we arrived, but it was a great week!
Suggestions – Wifi and outside light wear as table and chairs are outside.
The hot water in the shower was too hot not enough cold, and a bit smelly.
Fishing tactics: wafters over boilies crumbe.
Catch – 16 fish, including 3 PBs: 1 common at 62lb PB, 1 X 51lb common PB, 1 X 45lb+, 7 x 40lb+, 2 x 30lb+.
3 Catfish: 1 albino PB x 100lb, 1 x 95lb 8oz, 1 x 13lb.
Satisfied – an amazing venue, we will be back. The fish are great, the cabin is clean and tidy.
9 fish: 3 x 45lb+, 2 x 40lb+, 1 x 35lb+, 2 x 30lb+, 1 x 25lb+.
Very satisfied – we would recommend Commons Lake.
We spent an amazing week with some lovely fish.
Fishing tactics: 3/4 way out right pop up.
22 fish: 1 x 50lb+, 3 x 45lb+, 4 x 40lb+, 8 x 35lb+, 2 x 30lb+, 1 x 20lb+.
Catfish: 1 x 104lb mandarin.
“Really enjoyed the fishing, it’s a great lake and great fish.
Suggestions – the shower is very poor and the water smell bad.
Fishing tactics – hi-vis hook baits over a bed of particles, and crushed boilies.”
26 fish between 2 anglers: 1 x 60lb+, 2 x 50lb+, 3 x 45lb+, 8 x 40lb+, 7 x 35lb+, 2 x 30lb+, 2 x 25lb+, 1 x 20lb.
This week we welcomed Ben and Kevin from Holland for their first trip to our venue.
” We absolutely love it. It was a great way to say goodbye to winter.”
Fishing tactics: fishing fake corn over small amounts of sweetcorn hemp and mainline.
14 fish between two anglers: 2 x 20lb+, 2 x 25lb+, 2 x 30lb+, 1 x 40lb+, 3 x 45lb+, 1 x 50lb.
Despite a difficult week with sunny days and cold nights, John managed to catch a stunning 51lb 1oz mirror carp.
14 fish caught, including a common at 57lb, 2 x 50s, 5 x 45s, 3 x 40s, 3 x 35s.
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 4pm and depart no later than 10am.
- Maximum 3 rods per angler, no unattended rods.
- No lead core leaders.
- Barbless or micro barb hooks only. No hooks bigger than size 1 and no bent hook rigs.
- No braid as mainline, no fixed leads. Unhooking mat compulsory, the lake provides Carp Cradles. No sacking of fish. 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
- 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.
- Boats 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.
- The toilets use a septic tank system not mains 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.