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Étang Rouge

A beautifully intimate carp fishery, set in 16 acres of secluded countryside in the heart of Central Southern France

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Etang Rouge is an intimate pre-Napoleonic lake of just 2.5 acres, which ideally can accommodate 3 anglers who have a choice of 4 swims. The Fishery is situated in the beautiful Dordogne countryside, part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central south-west France.  Carp to 68lb.

Etang Rouge is owned and managed by Jeff and Shan.  Jeff has been an avid angler all his life and fished for carp on many UK and European waters for the past 35 years.

The lake and its facilities allow for both serious carpers and pleasure anglers alike, so whether you are looking to bivvy up and fish hard for the week or enjoy a week’s fishing with the family, Etang Rouge’s stunning looking, hard fighting French carp will not disappoint any angler who enjoys the challenge of man verses fish. Jeff and Shan are fantastic hosts who want everyone to be blown away by everything that Etang Rouge has to offer compared to the usual weeks fishing in France, so anglers have the option of a drive and survive weeks fishing, through to a fully catered for week in this beautiful part of the French countryside.

Etang Rouge will not be for you if your idea of a French fishing holiday involves too much alcohol, WiFi in your swim and Sky TV. If on the other hand you enjoy fishing small intimate venues where you have to use your head, eyes and angling skills to get some runs, then there are some truly stunning looking carp to fish for.

As Etang Rouge is off the beaten track, you will not hear road noise, be bothered by the public or have any worry about your safety or property, as well as having the very real opportunity of seeing deer, badgers, coypu, gennet (wild cat), pine martin, osprey, buzzards and even wild boar when sitting next to your rods or enjoying a cold beer or a bottle of wine in the Anglers Rest.

It's been an amazing weeks fishing at Etang Rouge, brilliant hospitality and brilliant fish to go with it. I will definitely be back.

Jack ParsonSeptember 2022

Myself and two work colleagues spent a weeks carp fishing at Etang Rouge in late August, we were able to pull the motor home right next to swim one, which was perfect and really comfortable. The weather and air pressure was not really ideal fishing conditions being 35degrees, however all three of us broke our PB's. Jeff and Shan were excellent hosts and what fantastic value for money, breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on time every day which was surprising bearing in mind we were waking Jeff most nights when the alarms went off. We are looking forward to returning next year during more suitable conditions and also because all three of us are still craving Jeff's breakfast rolls ! Many thanks Jeff and Shan and see you both soon hopefully.

Matthew ChampionAugust 2022

Just landed back in Blighty after an excellent week at Etang Rouge. Jeff and Sian were top hosts. We had booked two years ago but it was affected by Covid and they were very accommodating with sorting new dates. We were picked up from the airport and dropped back, the food was really nice, clean facilities and most of all the fish we had out were all in mint condition. Jeff takes care of the lake and is on hand to answer any questions or give any tips whilst at the same time your left to your own devices. Look forward to getting back to Etang Rouge asap!

Stuart NealeAugust 2022

Absolutely fantastic week. Great food and brilliant company. The carp were in fantastic condition. Cannot wait to go back.

Peter DeedmanAugust 2022

A fantastic week of fishing at Etang Rouge with Matthew Champion and Peter Deedman has come to an end! Many miles of driving, great food was eaten, many beers drunk and we all caught. Jeff and Shan were great hosts and the venue was spectacular. Cheers for a great week guys.

Stuart CopperAugust 2022

We was there in June for a week, fishing was hard due to the heat. but still managed to bag a PB 36lb common, but still enjoyed the whole experience. Jeff and Shan were the perfect host, clean facilities, food was very homely and I will definitely be back and have recommended it to all my fishing pals. Was an amazing experience thank you.

Walter PeacockJune 2022

Just wanted to give Etang Rouge a massive thank you for the few days of amazing fishing I had. To start with everything I needed was on site from end tackle to rods, reels and amazing quality baits and pellets.I had never tired the German rig until Jeff suggested it, I’m so glad I did !! I ended up with 2 Pb’s, a lovely 40lb mirror followed by a massive fish of 53lb both fish were in fantastic condition and both fought like crazy ! I had a limited amount of time on the bank due to family commitments but Jeff and Shan made me feel like family. The food was fantastic and the fishing lodge was top notch and very chilled. If you want a great fishing experience where you get the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime, look no further Etang rouge. Thanks jeff and Shan , I will be back for sure.

Marvin AshtonMay 2022

Just coming to the end of our week here, and what a week! Last couple of days have been very quiet, but I could never have expected to land the newly named Boris, which I’m sure will soon go over 70lb! Watch this space!! So, if you want a great all inclusive weeks fishing in France, look these guys up. Jeff and Shan are fantastic hosts, offer up great food and plenty of drink! 😵‍💫, in an idyllic location. No brainer! We’ll be back. Cheers Jeff and Shan.

Andrew HalseyMay 2022

Fantastic hospitality thanks to Jeff and his wife Shan for looking after us. From the airport collection to drop off at the end of our visit, we could not fault the personable service. A Beautiful secluded location, well maintained by the passionate owners. Friendly and accommodating, we cannot wait to return in October for some more carp fishing! See you soon!

Kerry AdamowiczMay 2022

Had a brilliant week here great equipment advice and hospitality.

Clive BlewittApril 2022

I don’t normally go into detail on reviews but this venue deserves 5 Star Review. 3 Sheepy Hookers middle April trip. We flew into Limoges airport meet by Jeff (owner) taken to venue about 40 minutes drive. When we arrived all 3 of us were very impressed with the setup, we hired everything and I must say from our fishing line to the bivvy was perfect. I can highly recommend the sleeping bag!
The lake for the 3 of us was a nice size, we all had some lovely carp in fabulous condition from 29 up to 39 lbs, all achieving our PB . Jeff provided us with walkie-talkies and It didn’t matter what time of day he would come down and look at the condition of the fish that you caught but not interfere , but always ready to assist you. For us 3 it was great because it was our first time in France carp fishing.
We also done the food all-inclusive deal which was spot on , Jeff always checked if what was on the menu for the day suited you. All in all this was amazing trip thank you Jeff an Shan for you hospitality.

Roy BlundellApril 2022

We had very warm welcome off Jeff and Shan when we arrived two lovely people can’t do enough for you!

Will BrundleApril 2022

Couldn't of wished for a better place to spend my first fishing experience in France, fantastic hosts that put their hearts into making this fishery. Facilities were spotless and the fish were hard fighting and in immaculate condition. We will be back.

Ian MasonApril 2022

Well it was my first time fishing in France and I couldn’t of asked for anything better the fish where in perfect order the food was excellent and you couldn’t of wished for better hosts we had all the weather you could of asked for from -4 to sun rain and wind but it was brilliant and can’t wait to go back.

Rob BrundleApril 2022

Just back from 7 days at this fantastic venue...... Stunning lake, awesome fish and amazing hosts... Thank you Jeff and Shan.... For mid October and changeable weather I caught over 200lb of hard fighting carp... biggest 52lb and a new personal best. Facilities and food are the best I have had on a fishing break... I will be back and I suggest you check out the website and pay this place a visit. Check out the photos and their facebook page, see the fish and the facilities!!!

Ian MazerolleOctober 2021

Great location with a fantastic lake containing very big fish - a superb fishing break!! The facilities are excellent - everything you could need (handy as I forgot a few bits!). Lovely hosts are friendly and helpful. Recommended!!

Peter SSeptember 2021

We spent 5 days here and we will definitely be back! Thanks again Jeff and Shan for such a great experience. Beautiful lake and amazing surrounding scenery with some really challenging carp. Facilities are very clean and tidy and couldn’t be happier with the trip, highly recommend!!

Andrew KellyJuly 2021

Absolutely cracking fishery that is top of our list for a return visit. Enjoyed fantastic French weather, the epic location, superb facilities and all topped off with 5*, well cared for fish which provided a great fight. Thank you for a brilliant week Shan and Jeff, we’ll definitely be back soon!

Ed SJuly 2021

Fantastic venue for a fishing break! Great lake, well maintained and lovely hosts! I'll be back for sure!!

Adam Doe2020

We had a great weeks fishing at Etang Rouge; properly managed, very well catered for and some lovely, hard fighting carp. Looking forward to our next visit already!

Ervine & Archie Cameron2019

A well presented little gem of fishery with some cracking carp to go after. Loved the food, especially the Thursday night BBQ at the Anglers Rest – crispy duck breast – mate!

Paul SmithAugust 2019

Fantastic week carping in sunny France. Jeff went out of his way to make my stay very enjoyable – my PB was improved with a 36lb cracking common. Will definitely be back.

Danny BamfordJuly 2019

Beautiful little lake hidden away off the beaten track. We were all impressed with how the owners looked after us and had a cracking 41 fish between us for the week – booked up for next year already.

Pete Gilbert2019

What a lovely intimate lake. if you get bored just sitting behind your rods pick up a stalking rod, float or free line, and go find some lovely looking (and some very big) fish to catch. If not and you fancy whiling away a few hours then just lie back and let all the sights and sounds of this peaceful place wash over you. I guarantee you will feel better for it! Can't ask for nicer people to look after you re. Jeff and Shan, nothing is too much trouble. Lovely lake, lovely people, lovely fishing...... do yourself a favour and go there!

Andy O2019

Great hosts. Great food. Clean facilities. Walk down past the horse paddocks to the quiet woodland lake where we sat and watched the kingfishers whilst waiting for the fish to bite. To top it off my boyfriend caught a 45lb carp so fantastic long weekend for everyone. Highly recommend.

Maisie Doe2019
Lake News
June 18, 2024

Sunny Morning Common

Great sunny day start after all the rain with a 25lb Common

Our nearest town is St-Yrieix-la-Perche which benefits from 4 large supermarkets, numerous cafés, restaurants and boulangeries, as well as a very efficient and modern hospital.

The large cities in the area include Limoges (to the north), Brive (to the south) and Périgueux (south west) which are all within 1 hours drive time from the lake, as well as Burgundy (1 hour 20 minutes) and Bordeaux (2 hours 20 minutes by car or 1 hour 15 minutes by train), which are both to the west.  Airports include Limoges, Brive and Perigeux and the drive time from Calais is between 6.5 to 7 hours (dependent on how many times you stop for a coffee and leg stretch!) if you take the paege motorways.

​The Dordogne is blessed with the ideal weather for big, hard fighting carp and enjoys long summers with lots of sunshine.  The climate also provides fantastic fishing all year round, especially in the spring and autumn when the temperatures can be more forgiving for those who don’t like too much sun! Winters are shorter and not as cold as more northern parts of Europe but can also be wet which is why the Dordogne and Haute Vienne Departments of France are so green and fertile.

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