The Les Croix Experience
The site was purchased in late 2006, during the following 15 months, after much hard work and considerable resources allocated, the lake was stocked,
swims created, trees and shrubs planted, the accommodation finished, and the gates were opened to our first clients in April 2008.
In 2011 major works on improving the angling swims as well as a compulsory water diversion scheme to comply with regulations were undertaken.
Since 2008, the lake has matured nicely, the fish have grown to enormous proportions, and the accommodation has been continuously improved.
We are around most of the time to give advice when required and you can leave the lake for day trips etc., without any risk for your tackle or belongings.
The site at Les Croix is fully fenced to 2 metres with excellent access to all areas. All gates are locked at night ensuring total security for our guests.
The banks are flat and grassy and there is vehicle access to swims to drop off and pack away tackle.
There is a small out of bounds area next to the dam, where beds of lilies are present. The bed of the lake is fairly flat, with a deeper margin on the near
bank, and a more gently sloping far bank. The marginal slopes are hard clay with pea gravel mixed in. The central area of the lake bottom is composed
of fairly firm shallow silt that contains large bloodworm beds. Fish are caught from all areas of the lake with all the best spots easily castable.
Regular baiting and resting the water produces the best catches, less is more !
From being an easy runs water in the first few years, the carp stock, as the fish have grown, has been managed. The lake now holds around 130 carp
but even with this number of carp in four acres, the fishing can be moderately difficult at times, having said that, blanks are extremely rare, and the
size and quality of the fish means that even if just a few fish are feeding, there is a very good chance of something special during your trip.
In order to have pristine conditioned fish that are catchable in daylight, since 2011 we have managed the lake with a restriction on the hours of fishing
permitted - from 06:00 to 22:00. This takes the pressure off the carp, and has ensured that they continue to feed well in daylight as they are not
being pressured around the clock. One of many reasons why the fish at Les Croix are in such good condition.
This restriction on fishing hours may not suit some, as some prefer to fish 24 hours a day, but we prefer true carp anglers that care about
the fish and not just their own angling results. Our less intensive fishery mangement strategy works well for us and our clients - those that prefer to catch
pristine conditioned fish in daylight, and are happy to spend the late evening and nighttime relaxing in the comfort of the lakeside accommodation.
Most of our weeks are booked by couples, with the anglers preferring to spend the nights with their partners in the accommodation.
Having had members of the British Carp Study Group fish here, proves that the venue is attractive to even those in the most experienced carp fishing circles.
Since 2010 we have exclusively used Coppens pellets and in 2012 we began to use Elite Baits as the sole provider of boilies that are used here.
Both food sources are of the highest quality, and are the only baits permitted.