About Margot Lake

Margot Lake is 18 acres and has space for 8 carp anglers. It’s a classic French carp lake, offering drive and survive fishing for big carp and catfish. Margot 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 Margot Lake direct here at Bigot Lakes.

Margot’s biggest attraction is that its lake contains lots of big carp and some huge catfish. If catching an elusive 60 pound plus carp is the reason you go carp fishing in France, then Margot Lake will not be for you. If top class carp fishing action is what you’re after, Margot Lake rarely disappoints. In 2018 Margot hosted 213 carp anglers, who caught a total of 1500 fish, including 926 carp (includes 49 koi carp), 504 grass carp and 70 catfish.

Margot Lake Prices & Availability

Margot lake is a drive and survive venue. It can be booked by individuals, groups or on an exclusive basis up to a maximum of 8 anglers

  • £345 per week per angler, non-exclusive – up to 8 anglers
  • £2540 per week lake exclusive for up to 8 anglers (£317.50 per angler)
  • 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
  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking. The balance will be due 10 weeks before your chosen date
  • 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
  • Please note that travel to and from the lake is not included in these prices – you arrange your own travel

The facilities at Margot Lake are rated highly by customers. They are modern, well placed and well equipped.

Quick Check

  • Mains water and electricity
  • Inside socials – kitchen/diner
  • Outside socials – BBQ area with gazebo, seats 8
  • Modern washroom, shower and w/c
  • UK plugs for charging
  • Fridge and bait freezers

Margot Lake’s facilities are located behind Swim 3. Swims 4 and 5 are also very close by. Swims 1 and 2 are just a couple of minutes away on foot and it’s just three or four minutes on foot to swims 6, 7 and 8.

The facilities include a modern chalet, which has a kitchen, dining area, shower, washroom and modern w/c. There’s a cooker, microwave, kettle, dining table and chairs, plenty of fridge and freezer space and UK plugs. Water and electricity is from the mains supply, so there’s plenty of hot water and it’s safe to drink.

Outside the chalet there’s a BBQ and a Gazebo with a large table and fitted benches. This outside ‘dining room’ overlooks the lake and is hugely popular for social nights.

What should you bring

Margot has excellent facilities but it is essentially a drive-and-survive venue, so you should pack accordingly. You don’t have to bring carp mats though. Nash Monster Carp Cradles are provided at each swim.

The lake bottom at Margot is clay, which is mostly covered by thin layers of silt. There are hard gravel spots to be found all over the lake. The depth ranges from two to six feet.

A hidden underwater feature is the remains of an ancient lane, which cuts right across the lake and emerges as a partially submerged island at one end. The old lane is very easy to locate. It runs in a straight line from the sunken island to the telegraph pole on the spit behind Swim one.ts, especially in the hotter months.

The lake bottom at Margot is clay, which is mostly covered by thin layers of silt. There are hard gravel spots to be found all over the lake. The depth ranges from two to six feet.

A hidden underwater feature is the remains of an ancient lane, which cuts right across the lake and emerges as a partially submerged island at one end. The old lane is very easy to locate. It runs in a straight line from the sunken island to the telegraph pole on the spit behind Swim one.

Margot Lake is famed for prolific catch reports. Carp and grass carp weighing well over 50lb and 100lb catfish are always a draw but the main attraction is the sheer number of them. This example of 115 fish caught by a group of 5 anglers in August 2018 gives an idea of the lake’s fish: 11 x 40s (including 4 grass and a koi), 32 x 30s (including 13 grass and a koi), 33 x 20s, 38 under 20lb and one 70lb catfish. In 2018 Margot averaged 7 fish per angler across the whole season.

Margot’s other species include zander and roach. There are no bream, but poisson chat and crayfish are present in the lake. The Bigots have implemented a vigorous control system to minimise their number. As a precaution you should bring bait mesh and a supply of tiger nuts for hook baits, especially in the hotter months.

The great thing about Margot 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 minute drive of each other on the outskirts of Miré in West France, which is also 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)
Margot is located on the D29 between Chemiré-sur-Sarthe and Miré N47.755872
N47° 45′ 21.138″
W0° 27′ 51.328″

We had a great week with over 150 carp caught, including two cats at 120lb and 105lb cat mandarin. 5 carp over 50lb. The total weight was 4957lb.

Ginge Watson’s party 23rd -30th April 2022

Awaiting review
33 fish caught between 2 anglers – 1 x 50lb+, 4 x 45lb+, 6 x 40lb+, 7 x 35lb+, 6 x 30lb+, 4 x 25lb+, 1 x 20lb+.
4 Catfish: 1 x 100lb, 1 x 66lb, 1 x 54lb, 1 x 43lb.

Lee Watson and Luke Litster 16th – 23rd April

Awaiting photos
Very satisfied – we would recommend Margot Lake. Fish in lovely condition, there are a lot of grass carp in here, however.
Thank you Mr Bigot and Guiliany for all your help. Much appreciated.
Suggestions – freshen up of lodge facilities.
Fishing tactics: particle and boilies fished accurately.
over 150 fish caught, including multiple 50s, 9 x 55lb+, 10 x 50lb+, 19 x 45lb+, 19 x 40lb+, 38 x 35lb+, 31 x 30lb+, 21 x 25lb+, 4 x 20lb+.

Matt Wood’s party 2nd -16th April 2022

Awaiting review and photos.
Amazing fishing at Margot Lake last week! All bites came evening and night.
51 fish caught between 3 anglers, including 9 PBs.
Fishing tactics: pop ups, 20mm boilie snowman.
Catch: 1 x 62lb common carp PB, 5 x 50lb+, 4 x 45lb+, 6 x 40lb+, 7 x 35lb+, 12 x 30lb+, 8 x 25lb+, 3 x 20lb+, 2 under 20lb.
4 catfish: 1 x 152lb, 1 x 127lb, 1 x 80lb, 1 x 58lb.

Eddy, Sam and Josh 26 March to 2nd April

Very satisfied – without doubt, we will be back.
It is a great complex, fish are in great condition. Credit to all that run the lake.
Suggestions- the cabin could do more electric points. The heater should be in the main area not in the washroom. It would be great to have electric points in swims 1, 5 and 7.
Fishing tactics: range – small amount particles & boilies.
35 fish caught: 1 x 60lb, 2 x 50lb+, 3 x 45lb+, 9 x 40lb+, 5 x 35lb+, 8 x 30lb+, 3 x 25lb+, 2 x 20lb+, 1 x 10lb.

Mark Thomsen Party 19 – 26 March 2022

” Very satisfied – we would recommend Margot Lake.
Lovely to meet Laurent, and Guiliany was very helpful. Fish are all in top condition, a real credit to Laurent and his team.
Suggestions – cabin looking a little bit tired, but is still great to have the facilities.
Fishing tactics – we used a small amount of bait, fished at distance to the same spots all week.”
40 fish: 1 x 55lb+, 5 x 50lb+, 1 x 45lb+ 8 x 40lb+, 7 x 35lb+, 10 x 30lb+, 3 x 25lb+, 3 x 20lb+, 1 x 15lb+.
Catfish: 1 x 86lb

Wayne Fulford & Gary Willis 12th to 19th March 2022.

“We feel that our week fishing was completely compromised by the netting at the lake on 4th March, prior to our arrival as can be viewed on Facebook. The fish were on trauma by the effects of the netting which didn’t help at all with the capture.”
Guiliany was great – very helpful.
Fishing tactics: very long range.
13 fish caught: 1 x 55lb+, 1 x 50lb+, 3 x 45lb+, 4 x 35lb+, 2 x 30lb+, 1 x 20lb+.
Catfish: 1 x 150lb

Roberts A. & Steve Hills 5th to 12th March 2022

10 fish in total, including a common at 55lb 02oz, Gavin’s PB, 1 x 40s, 2 x 35s, 4 x 30s, 1 x 15s, 1 koi at 14lb 08oz.

Gavin Yerrell 30th October 2021

Awaiting review – Mark Dargan party had 40 fish between 3 anglers, including a 52lb mirror PB.
1 x 55s, 5 x 50s, 6 x 45s, 9 x 40s, 11 x 35s, 3 x 30s, 2 x 25s, 1 x 20s, 1 Zander at 10b.

Mark Dargan 23rd October 2021

Very satisfied – we would recommend it.
Fishing tactics: small amounts of bait worked best.
43 fish caught, including 3 PB: 1 X 50s, 5 x 45s, 6 x 40s, 6 x 35s, 8 x 30s, 3 x 25s, 6 x 20s, 2 x 15s, 1 koi x 8lb, 1 common x 5lb.
Catfish: 1 x 124lb, 1 x 74lb, 1 x 73,5oz, 1 x 66lb.

Mark & Mason Lougher 16th October 2021.

Margot 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: A security deposit of £50 cash is required per angler, to be paid on arrival. This will be returned at the end of the week provided everything is left in good condition, and as clean and tidy as when you arrived.
  • Please arrive at 12 noon.
  • If you arrive at the lake and the previous week’s anglers have left, please do not put any of your belongings into the facilities until they have been cleaned.
  • Exclusive groups – you will be permitted to set up once the previous anglers have left but please do not put your belongings in the facilities before the cleaning is completed.
  • Swim draw for non-exclusive groups: There will be a swim draw at 12 noon. In general, most groups will discuss the pegs that they would like amongst themselves upon arrival, however, if an agreement cannot be reached, the peg draw will take place. Please note that any group arriving after the peg draw will have to use the remaining swims.
  • Departure time is no later than 10am.
  • Absolutely no unattended rods. If your rods are unattended you will be asked to leave without refund.
  • Maximum of 4 rods per angler.
  • No lead core leaders.
  • H Block Marker floats are not allowed on Margot
  • Barbless or micro barb hooks only. No hooks bigger than size 1 and no bent hook rigs.
  • No braid as mainline. No fixed leads. Please use safe rigs making sure that the lead set-up can slide over any shock leader knot.
  • Unhooking mat compulsory, the lake provides carp cradles. No sacking of fish.
  • 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.
  • Boats allowed, but are to be used at your own risk. Life Jackets are compulsory but are not supplied – please bring your own if you intend to use a boat.
  • Bait boats are allowed.
  • No marking or mutilation of fish, offenders will be prosecuted. No swimming and no loud radios please. Please leave your peg 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.

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