Beaurepaire has been a well kept secret by many who have fished it. It’s a beautiful natural gravel pit, just 2½ hours from Calais that holds a good stock of carp.
The open grassy banks are sloping and steep in places but at summer water levels this poses no problem at all. The Point area that comes out in to the lake is flat enough for a group of anglers to bivvy up on, giving access to virtually the whole lake and allowing for a great social.
Throughout the year the lake can change in depth quite dramatically as it’s fed directly by the water table. The nearby River Aisne often floods in the winter months and while it never floods into the lake it does raise the water table considerably, sometimes by as much as 3 metres.
There may be some original unknown carp which were stocked by the gravel company and we certainly know that in ’03 & ’04 the owner stocked a large number of mirror and grass carp, including 3 x 30’s, 100 x 20’s and 160 doubles. Over the years since then further smaller stockings were also added. We reckon around 350 were stocked.
The carp have benefited from the rich food resources naturally held in the lake and in addition have been fed on maize and pellets through the winter months – so weight gains have been significant. To give some variety around 30 catfish were stocked in ’06 and these are now making regular appearances on the bank with plenty between 50 and 80lb+.
The original cabin has mains electric, UK charging facilities, water. It also provides a basic kitchen with two fridges, small chest freezer, microwave oven & two ring electric hob. In 2012 an additional cabin was added. It’s kept relatively empty, housing just a table and chairs, and is mainly intended for anglers who want to escape bad weather… you’re welcome to sleep in there.