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 It's been a mixed start to the season with some venues having the best start to a season they have ever had, namely Vallee Lake 1 with umpteen 50's and several 60's ( The weather has been unprecedented with the relentless cold weather. For many lakes, the water temperature has remained well below 10 degrees, where normally you expect to see double figures by now.

The general concensus is that the prolonged cold spell will push spawning back and in some cases this maybe toward the latter part of June....the weather can do funny things though and it only takes a hot spell like we had at the end of March last year to bring things back in line with normal business to resume. For all thoses who took a calculated risk this season with spawning in mind....if you get it right this year, you've worked miricles!

Back to the fishing...It's been a very succesful start at Ultimate Lake ( which also found itseld under a foot anf a half of snow in March still managed to produce some fantastic fish. Jim at Le Moulin du Mee ( has kept us all updated with what's been going on further south, and the fish are starting to come now it seems with the latest report for this week seeing 5 x 50's, 7 x 40's (4 over 45lb), 10 x 30's, 2 x 20's and a single.

Keeping to the southerly quarters, The new lake Forest Pool, managed by Nikki and Julian of Birch Pool Retreat got off to a flyer with 30 Carp landed including 10 x 30's, very impressive for a 2.5 acre lake which has only just opening for business. As for Birch Pool Retreat (, what can I say, 2 PB's already this season in the shape of a 53lb common and 51lb Mirror.

Again, The Retreat ( exceeds expectations with a wonderful review from Peter Brewer who has recently returned from a 10 day stint. March proved to be good for Lake Juvanze ( too with 50's and 40's coming out in abundance and Juvanze Blue ( producing some great fishing too.

Eagle Lake ( is currently bearing the brunt of some soggy weather but it's keeping the lads on there this week very busy with 20's and 30's coming out all the time. Luckily with the wet weather comes the milder temeratures....but it's still not T-Shirt weather by any stretch of the imagination. Birch Lake ( has also produced well with 3 x 30's and 6 x 20's coming to Simon Palmer last week.

More great reviews coming in for Hooked in France ( which started off really well in March with 50 fish being banked in the first 2 weeks including a cracking 50lb+ common.

That's all for now, please don't forget to send through your feedback and photos.

All the best.




Posted by David Gordon on 11/04/2013 10:32 Categories : Catch Report, Update