Robert Fisher wrote:
Please could you tell me the average spawning dates in France.
This is a very difficult question to reply to as there are so many factors involved. Much depends on the depth of the lake, the amount of sun it recieves and other factors that might effect water temperature such as springs, river inlets etc…
As a general rule carp are unlikely to spawn before mid May, but the period can extend into June or even July on deeper more shaded gravel pits.
On particularly cool summers the fish might not spawn properly at all, indeed if this happens on a number of consequtive years it can even lead to fish deaths.
To plan an early season trip to avoid spawning then is not that easy and will vary even on the same lake from one year to the next.
However, on a trip to Les Vinçons a few years back I arrived during intense spawning and blanked for 48 hours. Then we had a thunder storm and in the next 24 hours I landed 48 carp most on just one rod so intense was the action.