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Bill's Lake 1 - Fishing Tips
14 acres, 10 anglers carp to 66lb+
10
swims
10
angler
14
acres
66lb
carp

We really want you to catch the fish of your dreams so here are a few tips that might help fishing French Carp Lakes.

Our French carp lakes get pressured time during the season. It sees a lot of different styles of fishing and many different presentations of bait and as you can imagine, some good, some not so good! I am at the lake every day and see many, many fish being caught and generally it always seems to fall to the same tactics… KEEPING IT SIMPLE.

One of the best methods that constantly will put a fish on the bank during the warmer months is the …”little and often approach” which as it says means you add little bait but at regular intervals. First, find a spot you feel is a good place. Either a nice clear gravel patch or a little plateau. Then cast to that spot and mark your line so that you know the next time you are right on the spot. You can mark your line with power gum or even electrical tape so you get the distance right every time.

French Carp Lakes

Below is a list of tackle that we recommend you use when at Bill's Lakes to give you the best chance of catching and landing big French carp.


  • Rods - 2.5lb to 3.5lb test curve rods.
  • Line - 15lbs line mono, No braided main line. Make sure your spools are full up!
  • End Tackle - 2-4oz leads, size 2/4/6/8/ hooks (strong pattern e.g FOX XS/ Nash Fang ES).
  • Marker Rod - Make sure you know what your fishing over.
  • Safety Weigh Sling - Nash/Trakker etc.
  • Weigh Tripod - (Daiwa/Cygnet) We supply these f.o.c on the double swims on Bill's Lake 1.
  • Proper Scales - Rubens Heatons.

Bait Boat Hire 
WWe hire Angling Technics Microcat bait boats for the week with free battery top ups. The boats can be shared between two people but beware that the batteries are only designed for use with one person so they can run flat quicker than we can charge them!. Microcat boats are hired on a 1st come 1st served basis and we only have 3 so be quick!

These are excellent for all baits including particles. Features include...

  • Twin bait hoppers that can be individually or simultaneously opened.
  • Microprocessor controlled variable speed in forward and reverse - spins on its own axis
  • Remote lighting control - control the lighting at range
  • Weight : 9kg
  • Bait capacity : 2kg
  • Range: 600 m approx