Frequently Asked Questions

See below for answers to some frequently asked questions, or feel free to contact us if you would like to find out more about Etang Maison Verre.

How deep is the lake?
One end of the lake is approx 3 feet deep at its shallowest and the other end is 8 ft deep at its deepest.
How big are the fish?
Mirror carp over 48lb, Common carp over 41lb, two Grass Carp over 35lb, Catfish to 80lb, Sturgeon to 15lb, Bream, Tench and other species of coarse fish are present but as of 2006 I can not confirm the size or numbers
Can we use the “Fisherman’s shed” that's shown on the map?
Yes, this shed is very handy for socials, I have put up some laminated pictures of the fish captures so please keep emailing them back to me when you get home. There is a table and chairs and space for two bedchairs, don’t over-look the shed if you are fishing early or late in the season as it can get cold and the shed is warm, dry and in a great spot to fish from.
How private is the property?
Very, two miles from a village, along a country road and down a dead end farm track, at the end of the lane some double five bar locked gates allow you to enter and lock the gates behind you, the grounds of the estate are surrounded by tall trees providing very private fishing or holidaying but with access to the local town for shopping etc.
Are unhooking mats provided?
Yes, we supply large 4”ft round, 9” inch deep, padded unhooking mats, and these are the only ones we will allow on the lake for the safety of the fish.
What bait do you suggest we bring along?

If you are fishing for the Carp or Catfish I would suggest a good quality pellet, I would also suggest you purchase at least one bag of our own Carp feed, this has proven to be very successful when used as a ground bait or with pva bags and mixed boilies. I have made boilies from these pellets on the bank using Nash pop Up Mix, one egg and some damp pellets mixed and boiled for two minutes, they pop up well and stay on for at least 24 hours.

One of the biggest Carp came out on a single piece of imitation yellow corn cast to nothing in the middle of the night.

How often do you feed the fish with your Carp pellets?

At least one 25kg sack every week, a lot more in the summer, depending on the weather conditions in the winter this will be reduced if necessary, i.e. hard frost or ice.

Do you feed every week in the summer?

No, if we have guests fishing the lake we don’t feed the fish as they normally end up putting a lot of their own bait in to keep the fish feeding.

Are there any areas of silt and if so how much?

There are some areas of silt but not to deep and only in small patches, there is also an old stream that has created a foot deep channel in the lake bed, this old stream runs from the top left hand corner (inlet) and travels down the left hand side of the lake and under the jetty near the shed, the channel is very obvious about 20ft out from the jetty. Several patches of hard gravel bottom can be found, one good patch is under the hanging branches of the first big tree at the end of the dam wall and another under the last big Oak on the same bank, I will leave you to find the rest.

I got fed up with people speculating about the lake bed and amount of silt so I actually walked the whole lake bed bare foot one summer’s morning at 5am, it was amazing to be so low in the water with water up to my neck, I found some huge live swan mussels, small patches of silt and some lovely patches of gravel, the lake is more or less even with no big snags, I found no rotting silt on the bottom apart from a small patch just in front of the house where the floating debris tend to settle.

Is the Lake stream fed?

Yes, there is one stream that enters at the top of the lake and runs out over the sluice gate at the deeper end, this also keeps the surface of the lake very clean of any debris as it goes through the sluice gate.

How often will the bailiff visit the lake when we are fishing?

I have instructed the bailiff to use his discretion, this will depend on several factors such as whether you have stayed with us before, age and genre of guests, Carp, Cat or coarse fishing.

Are there any lily pads?

I planted the first patch of lillies in the spring of 2005, they came up well in the summer and fish started using them as a patrol route immediately, these lillies will grow very fast due to the depth and quality of the water but 2006 will see the lillies in their full glory. .I have also planted 40 bullrushes and 10 Iris plants at either end of the lake and will continue to plant up the banks and lake untill I feel it looks perfect but I intend to keep it very natural and don’t want it to look like a cottage garden.

Can we use a bait boat?

Yes, most of the areas can be reached without a bait boat but it is handy in the summer for getting under the overhanging branches of some of the trees.

Will a rowing boat be provided?

No as it is not required as I felt it would be to dangerous for any children staying with thier parents.

What cooking facilities are there and what do I need to bring?

In the kitchen there is a four-ring gas hob, the largest microwave/oven/grill I could find, a free standing microwave, a fridge and a separate chest freezer for food and bait.We have recently installed a washing machine in the garage.

Whilst bedding and tea towels are provided you will need to bring your own bath/hand towels.

Where are the closest shopping facilities?

Le Pertre is a pretty village built around a medieval church and hosts an array of
shops/bars/tabac/boulangerie.

The larger town of Laval is only 10 miles from the cottage and is famous as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the area. It has a Carrefour hypermarket along with many other shops. A useful website is www.mairie-laval.fr. There is also an ‘Intermarche’ at nearby Argentre du Plessis, and a ‘Hyper U’ at Vitre, also a beautiful medieval town with a castle, lots of shops and an indoor public swimming pool.

Are we likely to see any wildlife at the lake?

Yes, resident hedgehog family behind the cottage, very tame squirrels that have been known to enter the cottage in search of nuts, small deer can sometimes be seen drinking from the lake very early in the morning.