Lac Lucie, France
A small reed lined 3-acre triangular lake whose features make it a firm favourite among UK holiday anglers.
The smallest of 2 lakes on the complex Lac Lucie has an old-school estate lake feel. With overhanging trees, reeds and plenty of bank-side vegetation, it’s a stalkers haven.
The lakes only fault is the distance you need to travel to get there, but it’s worth it.
If the complex was closer to the bulk of the tourists around the Champagne region, it would be packed every single week.
I visited Lac Lucie in early 2019 when the nights were still cold.
A thoroughly enjoyable trip dove-tailed by 2 pristine 50lb fish, 2 of the lakes elite, but what Lucie lacks in monster carp it makes up for in charm and that UK angling feel that many lakes in France miss.
The lake itself is small, the main part of the lake is no more than an acre and a half if you cut off the corners which are covered in overhanging trees, so you can’t get more than a few anglers on it.
That said, 3 of us targeted the middle section during the nights and stalked during the days, something that is really close to my heart.
We wangled a few fish out stalking and a dozen or so out in the nights but thanks to the overhangs, clear-ish water and reeds that line most banks you can get really close to the residents.
There’s no gimics at Lac Lucie, it does what it says on the tin, a solid lake with great features, good knowledgable owners and a cracking little venue that I am booked up to visit this July.
Though I won’t be targeting Lac Lucie, I’m on it’s bigger brother next door, I will take a walk around to admire it again.
Available for around a grand per week if you’re not picky on dates and although we took up last minute discount deal, peak season prices are more like £1200.
The facilities are fairly decent, the cabin that you have full access to is fully loaded with everything you need and although a little dated, it does the job.
You could easily take your family to Lac Lucie, there’s a TV, cooking facilities, decent shower and several comfy beds to keep them happy – not to mention a dip pool in the warmer months.
The only negative is the location, it’s way past the majority of the more known French lakes and is a solid 9 hour drive including stops, far more if you follow your sat nav through Paris, please don’t.
I would thoroughly recommend Lac Lucie, especially if you’re looking for a not so serious venue that you can mix up your time fishing, holidaying and seeing the local sites.
For anglers who want a full on fishing holiday and are looking for trophy shots and records, Lucie has you just about covered and you won’t be disappointed, but you should look at the bigger lake on the complex.
For all the same reasons above that you’d love Lac Lucie you’ll really fall for the Kingfisher, bigger fish, bigger lake, 10x the features and a real carp anglers estate lake dream.
I believe this will become a firm favourite amongst UK anglers as more and more find it, if the complex was closer to the bulk of the tourists around the Champagne region, it would be packed every single week.
Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.
Chappers | 19th February 2020