About Les Croix
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 were undertaken. Since 2008, the lake has
matured nicely, the fish have grown to enormous proportions, and the accommodation has been continuously improved.
We allow a maximum of 6 rods to be used on the lake, this usually means one or two anglers, but we will occasionally allow three anglers with two rods each.
Fishing from purpose built swims on the meadow bank, close to the accommodation. Stalking with one rod is allowed from the far bank, and baiting up from the far bank is permitted.
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 all around the lake, cars must be parked in the designated parking areas, but may be driven to the area behind the 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 shallow fairly firm 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 and even with this number of carp in four acres,
the fishing can be moderately difficult at times, having said that, blanks are very rare, and the size and quality of the fish means that there is a good chance of something special during your trip.
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 are in such good condition. This restriction on fishing hours will not suit everyone and we
realise that this is the case. Our less intensive fishery mangement strategy works well for us and our clients - those that are happy to spend the late evening and night relaxing in the comfort
of the lakeside accommodation. Having had several members of the British Carp Study Group fish here, suggests that the venue is attractive to even those in the most experienced carp fishing circles.
If you just want to fish 24/7, we hope that you will find a nice venue that suits you.
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.