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La Fonte
1h 40m Caen

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£326 per angler in Oct 2017 includes...
✔ 5 Anglers ✔ Exclusive use of the lake ✔ 1 Dover/Calais car crossing ✔ 1 Dover/Calais van crossing

One of the most attractive French carp lakes in Normandy, La Fonte is over 280 years old, dating back to the 17th Century. Stocked with carp in 1994, it has become a well established carp lake providing holidays for many happy anglers. The lake is located in the Perche region, an easy 1hr 40 drive from Caen, and less than 4 hours from Calais. Set in a very rural area this tree lined lake is simply a beautiful place to be and if its runs action with hard fighting carp you are after, then this lake is definitely a candidate for your list.

La Fonte is hired out exclusively and is ideal for up to 6 anglers sharing the 3 double swims that span one side of the lake.

The facilities are excellent with a very well equipped kitchen cabin, bait shed with freezer, along with a toilet and shower lakeside. The lake also offers  great food package options.

In addition La Fonte also has some great optional accommodation options; a small pretty gite is available to rent just 60m away, sleeping up to 4 people. There is also a large house overlooking the lake which can sleep up to 16 people, an ideal solution for a large group looking to take families along too.  You can find more information on both of these options under the 'facilities' tab.

Please note that there is a separate charge for these accommodation options, not included in the prices quoted on the website. You'll need to give us a call for more information on this option.

Click here to see 11 customer feedback reports from La Fonte.
French Carp Lakes at La Fonte

La Fonte is very picturesque with tree lined banks. The dawn chorus is particularly spectacular and sets off the tone for the whole day. The lake has a stream inlet and outlet, and s abundant with wildlife. You will find the deeper water towards the dam wall at one end, the top of the lake is shallower with a back eddy amonst the trees providing some great stalking opportunities.

The lake's slim shape means it is possible to cast or use bait boats to fish the far margins, whilst your group stays socially fishing from the same bank. The lake bottom is mainly silt with some hard spots which are not too hard to find.


During field testing it was found that the more productive area was the far margin. However be advised that if you do fish to this area, please do not fish too tight to the marginal cover as it will result in lost fish and potentially put the carp's safety at risk. 


Fishing a couple of yards from the cover produced lots of bites and it is also advised that you walk around to the other bank prior to casting out to familiarise yourself with the area and ensure that it is safe for the fish. Tight lines and drop off lead systems are imperative to ensure that a bite results in a fish on the bank.


Vehicle access goes only as far as the facilities, there is a well maintained pathway around the lake giving access to the three double swims and a large wheelbarrow on site. The swims are evenly spread along one bank and each have a good wooden platform for playing and landing the carp (you'll need to remember to bring pod or stage stands for these). Weighing stands are by each swim, so no struggling there either.


Venue Siret No; 438 500 472 000 65

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A 0lb Carp from La Fonte

With more than 300 carp in its 7 acres, the weights originally ranged from 20 to 50lb+ (in 2012 more than 900 carp were caught with more than 250 above 30lbs). 

Archives show it was heavily stocked in 1994, with carp from 10 to 40lb. However, the main bulk of the carp remaining are in the high 20's and 30's bracket, with a forty or two landed most weeks. 

There are a couple of catfish residing in the lake too, the biggest so far landed at 76lb.

The lake was loved by our testers who saw constant action throughout the day time from stunning hard fighting carp. They did not need to fish nights!   You can read their articles here

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Facilities at La Fonte

A lakeside chalet with a complete kitchen is at your disposal - full cooker, microwave, BBQ, fridge freezer, pots and pans. A separate cabin has bait freezers and storage space. There are also great indoor and outdoor covered seating areas.

There is a rowboat on site which anglers can use in the event of a carp being snagged etc. Life jackets are provided and have to be worn at all times. Please note that the rowing boat is not for general use, only in the event of an emergency.

Locally shops and supermarkets are only a short drive, but the lake sits in a quiet valley between two small villages. Alternatively you can choose to have a food package prepared by Joan who's cooking is highly recommended using only local fresh produce. 


To book either of the accommodations listed below you will need to call or email us for more information;

The Gite

Just 60m from the lake sits a charming gite, the garden catches the sun throughout the day and you are welcome to sit in the shade of the cherry tree. The gite was renovated in 2013, there is central heating and in the living area is a woodstove. You can buy a barrow of wood for €8.

Kitchen facilities: cooking is on gas and the facilities include a dishwasher, fridge with small freezing compartment, coffee machine and an electric kettle.

There are 4 single beds (80 cm x 200 cm) which can be put together to make doubles, but please note that you have to walk through one bedroom to get to the other. Babies cot and chair available free of charge on request.

There is a compulsory €35 charge for cleaning. It is possible to hire bedlinen and towels €7.50 for each person.


The Large House

Overlooking the lake, this house can sleep up to 16 people with 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, large kitchen and living areas, dining room and large patio area to one one end of the lake. Ideal for that large family group or Birthday celebration perhaps?

There is a flat screen TV in the living area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, coffee machine, stovetop and oven. There are also 2 barbecues, one with gas and one with wood or charcoal.

The bedrooms consist of 5 double rooms, 3 twin bedrooms and two single beds can be arranged in the common area. There is wireless internet available and pets are allowed by prior agreement only.

'Everything about the stay was fantastic - the house is beautiful and was very comfortable for our group of 14. Phillipe gave us a tour of the house when we arrived so we knew how everything worked. There's a lovely fireplace in the living room, a beautiful deck by the lake where we did yoga and had several meals, as well as a fully stocked kitchen and a sunny area outside in front of the house. There's a market at nearby Tourouvre on Fridays and a beach at a lake not far away to swim at - a wonderful time in the countryside! Phillipe was a fantastic host and I highly recommend staying if you're with a big group!'  

Natalya, August 2015

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To order the food package please contact the owner direct, at least 4 weeks in advance, to check availability. 
The owners email address & phone number can be found on the 'Info Pack' in your Customer Area once your holiday is booked. 

There is an optional food package offered at this venue, you can choose from a full package (breakfast and evening meal) or just an evening meal package. However, the food package is only available for orders of 2 people or more.

You can choose between a full English or Continental breakfast (croissants/baguettes with ham and cheese, jam, muesli). Coffee and tea included.

*Please note* On the morning of departure the full English is not available but a continental breakfast will be served.

Dinners have two courses, a main with either a starter or a desert. When it's cold I suggest a nice warm soup for example as a starter instead of a dessert. There is always French bread to go with the meals. Drinks not included.

Some examples for main courses:

  • Spaghetti Carbonara
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Lasagne
  • Chilli
  • Chicken Curry
  • Cottage Pie
  • Roast potatoes with green beans and a pork chop or Cordon Bleu and gravy
  • Quiche Reblochon (with potatoes, onions, bacon and Reblochonceese on top)
  • Pasta salad
  • Couscous salad

If clients have special wishes like a vegetarian meal, then please contact Joanne in advance.

2017 Prices

Full Meal Package - Breakfast and Dinner

€120 per person if 4 people or more
€150 per person if 3 people  
€180 per person if 2 people 

Evening Meal Package

€80 per person if 4 people or more
€100 per person if 3 people
€120 per person if 2 people

2018 Prices

Full Meal Package - Breakfast and Dinner

€150 per person if 4 people or more
€180 per person if 3 people  
€200 per person if 2 people 

Evening Meal Package 

€100 per person if 4 people or more 
€120 per person if 3 people
€150 per person if 2 people

Please note; if you book the food package you will be asked to pay the cost of this directly to the lake in Euros when you arrive.

The cost for the Full Food Package is euros


Cooked maize can be purchased on site at 2 € per kg but must be ordered before arrival

Please note; Bait orders are made directly between you and the lake owner.  We (Angling Lines) cannot be held responsible for any problems that may subsequently arise.  If you order bait to be waiting for you when you arrive we strongly recommend you telephone or Email the owner a few days before your arrival to make sure it will be there for you.  In 99% of cases this will just be purely precautionary, but bait is such an important part of your holiday that it’s only sensible to take every step to avoid problems.

Out of season offers at La Fonte

Out of season Discount Available
40% offthe venue. Available between
4th November 2017 and 16th March 2018

Conditions below apply.
  • A 40% discount applies to exclusive fishing ONLY.
  • Bait and food are NOT included in discount.
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Out of season offers at La Fonte

Out of season Discount Available
40% offthe venue. Available between
3rd November 2018 and 15th March 2019

Conditions below apply.
  • A 40% discount applies to exclusive fishing ONLY.
  • Bait and food are NOT included in discount.
Click here to check availability and get a price now.

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Registered at Companies House, Cardiff. Company Number 4122063

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