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Birch Lake Forty-Eight fish for the week on Birch Lake.


Leigh Holman and James Jenner enjoyed a brilliant 43 fish catch on Birch in late August, with Leigh taking the lions share.  Look at this cracking catch report! ....more

Birch Lake Our Regulars!


For over a decade a group of anglers from Somerset and Avon police annually visited the complex. They fished all the lakes at the complex banking many personal bests, but their favourite venue was Birch Lake for the quality of the fishing and the good bankside accomodation.. One of the policeman, ....more

Birch Lake Our Regulars


The Howcroft family from Basingstoke have been coming to the complex for seven years now. In that time they have fished all four venues: Birch, Poplars, Eagle and Peters and Orchard. They are equally at home targetting the big cats as well as the carp. I can't recollect a visit where they have no c ....more

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We've been to the Bigot Pisculture fish farm today to choose a few top up fish for next season. We purchased twenty six mirrors all over 20lb with a few koi for the ladies and they have been spread across Birch, Poplars, Eagle and Peters and Orchard Lakes. We find these young fast growing Bigot ca ....more

Gary Lands Three Species Personal Bests!


Gary Black's personal best fish before fishing Birch recently was a mere 18lbs..... However, the Swindon-based angler left Birch Lake with new personal bests in three species! Gary landed a common carp of 38lbs, a grass carp of 27lbs and a Wels' catfish of 51lbs! A delighted Gary caught all his f ....more

Josh banks three personal bests!


Young Josh Bodie from Surrey banked three new personal bests on his recent trip to Birch Lake. Josh (aged 13) landed four Wels' catfish with the heaviest weighing in at 37lbs, a chunky mirror carp of 28lbs and an absolutely stunning common carp of 41lbs during his stay at the lovely water. Pink po ....more

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Birch lake is located mid-way between the towns of Vitre and Laval, a few minutes drive away from a pretty Bretagne village. The lake is situated in private fenced grounds on the edge of the forest  and down a little-used country side-road.

The hour and a half drive from St Malo is all by motoway and there are no tolls. The lake is 2 1/2 hours from Caen 3hrs from Le Havre, and 3 hours Cherbourg - again no tolls. Calais is 5 hours away by new motoway.

Dogs are allowed at this venue.

You and your party of up to three carp anglers or the small family will have exclusive use of the lake and lakeside chalet.


  • Lake Size : 2.5 acres
  • Maximum of 3 anglers
  • Depth : 5 feet at the dam end, 2 feet in the shallows
  • Carp Stock : Excellent stocking of carp to mid-40's. Many 20's & 30's, noted for it's 30lb plus commons. 
  • Other Fish : Catfish to 140lbs, roach, grass carp, eels, perch and American perch.
  • Lake Bed : Hard bottom bed with silt patches in the middle with gravel margins
  • Features : Overhanging birch trees, fish from one bank.
  • Access : Excellent vehicle access to the lake and accommodation - park right outside.
  • Night Fishing : Yes
  • Row boats Allowed : Yes, one man boat provided  (please supply own lifejacket).. 
  • Bait boats allowed: Yes  Bait boats are strongly recommended.
  • Dogs allowed: Yes

Birch Lake is 2.5 acres in size and is regarded by many as the most beautiful lake on the complex. The first glimpse of it from the dam wall has been described by many visitors as 'simply stunning.'

Birch is a long lake, with the non-fishing bank composed of an unbroken series of over-hanging trees. A very atmospheric lake, and one of the most tranquil and private lakes in France, it is set in fully-fenced private woodland. The wildlife on Birch is rich and varied, and it is home to resident kingfishers, birds of prey, red squirrels, mallards and many species of song birds.

Many personal bests are taken from Birch every season, and many anglers are completely captivated by Birch, and return every year - which is no surprise to us. Parties have complete privacy, and are not overlooked.

A bait boat is recommended  to use at this venue to present baits and hookbait under the far marginal trees although a one-man rowing is provided to row out rigs etc  if you don't have a bait boat..

The chalet on Birch Lake provides very comfortable accommodation for the anglers or small family and is only a couple of yards from the water's edge.

The chalet has mains electricity and hot and cold running water and comprises one bedroom with a double bed, a fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker and oven, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer and storage cupboards. The living/dining area provides a double bed-settee, tables and chairs, English Freeview TV with DVD. The bathroom has a shower, English toilet and wash basin.

There is a barbecue area right outside the mobile home complete with garden furniture, overlooking the shallows. There is a separate shed for the storage of tackle.

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Simple rigs! ....more


A great weeks fishing! Have re-booked for August. ....more


Thanks Paul and Hazel. See you next year! ....more


Paul and Hazel are really great hosts and always helpful. Shame about the acorns falling in the lake all week as since getting home have found out this can affect the carp's feeding. No one's fault, its nature. ....more


Very good venue . Fishing’s fishing if u got the luck you’re catching ....more

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