Acorn lake
Acorn lake

The Fishing

Acorn lake has evolved over the last 20 years as probably the best course fishing lake in the area.  As a former Carp breeding lake, it holds a good head of Carp, along with Roach, Perch, Bream and Rudd. It is certainly the best lake I have ever fished. 

We have tried to provide first class fishing without the over stocking of commercial venues in England. There are twenty swims around the lake, though we restrict the number of fishermen to a maximum of six. In the last year weights of over 100 pounds of fish in a day were common and in September I caught over 200 pounds of Bream, Carp and Roach.   What a fantastic day that was!

Acorn lake is fed from two springs and is rich in natural food, all the fish are in superb condition and this year have shown huge growth rates. To maintain the condition of the fish we have a no keep net policy and only barbless hooks are allowed.  Unhooking mats are to be used at all times. 


Acorn lake was originally formed as a carp breading lake some 25 years ago.  The last time it was drained was twelve years ago when the larger Carp were removed, then the lake was restocked with Carp up to 10 pounds. Since then the lake has only been fished by at the most 20 fishermen. What these original Carp weigh now is anybody’s guess. There are rumours and stories, and I have seen huge Carp swimming around, I have hooked them and lost them. To date the biggest Carp to be caught from the lake is a 38 pound Mirror. A  grass Carp of 32 pounds has also been caught.

There is a good year class progression of fish from the beautiful little 4 oz Mirrors upwards, and they are putting good weight on year by year.  One Carp I know was caught at 10 pounds in May and by September weighed 15 pounds.

We have just started our Winter stocking program and so far we have added a further ten prime Carp to 35 pounds, with more on the way.

Most of the Carp in our lake have never been caught, and don’t know what a boilie is, the ones that have been tempted fight like crazy. The best bait? peperoni !. 

The largest Roach to come out of the lake this year was two and a half pounds.  There are, I know for a fact, at least two Roach of 4 pounds, I would love to catch one of them! Get them feeding, and you can have a good days fishing with half and one pound Roach a cast. There are shoals of 2 ounce Roach that can be a bit of a nuisance, though this year we have started to remove some of these to another lake. 

This year we have introduced Bream to the lake.  Around 50 large fish to 6 pounds.  They seem to have settled in well, and I caught one that weighed 7 pounds 1 ounces, not a bad growth rate!  Perhaps its because I am a Norfolk boy, but I do like Bream fishing.  Fishing just on the bottom with a wagler float and sweetcorn for bait, the float rises and you are into one!  Many times I thought I had a Carp on, they fight so hard. This year, the largest bream to be caught is a splendid fish of 9 pounds 6 oz.

There is nothing better than fishing just under the surface for these beautiful fish.  The largest one to come out this year was a superb two and a half pounds. With many around the pound mark.  They seem to feed best in the evening whereby the fishing is excellent. I am sure there are larger fish in the lake, time will tell. 


We have now added to the lake a few Tench all around 2 kilo's.  Further stocking of this beautiful fish will be carried out throughout the Winter as good quality fish can be found. 

Predators such as Pike are always a controversial addition to any fishery, but the fact is that fisheries need them to thrive, not only to they control the number of smaller fish, they can also help control any diseases by eating the sick fish before they infect the rest of the stock. We have added four pike to the lake weighing 5 pounds each, I am sure they will put on weight fast! This lake never stops to amaze, this year a super Pike came out  weighing 10 killo's and another fisherman tried to catch a hooked Bream which was over 30 pounds.



Just when you think that you have to go and buy some new stock of Perch along comes a monster, well a large one for around here.  It weighed 3 lb 3 oz. There

 have been several others caught around 2 lb. I can't  wait until next year to see what they weigh then!

In our continuing development of the fishery we plan  to introduce further species of fish to the lake. 


Prices and contact details

For 2016 we have simplified our pricing structure.


The cost for a one nights stay including accommodation and fishing is £40 per person, anytime from April until October. Minumum stay 3 nights.


Non fishepersons are charged £20 per person per night.


Why not Fly over, We pick you up from Limoges Airport, lend you the fishing gear and take you back for Free!


Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to make a booking.


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