Anyone who read my series of blogs from the summer of 2008 might be interested to see the photos below. One of the bittersweet things about fishing in France is that once in a while you’ll turn up to a lake you love only to find it completely empty!
The French authorities like to keep a close eye on fish populations and the state of their dams, and as a result most lakes are required to be drained every few years. The downside is that a lot of the best fish are moved elsewhere, but (looking for the silver lining) this is a chance to do some excellent reconnaissance and retrieve all your lost leads.
I knew the barrage was due for a draining this winter and so I despatched my Dad to the bankside with a camera to see what the place looked like empty. I don’t know when I’ll ever fish this lake again, but it’s always good to know what you’re up against. Cheers Dad.
The lake in summer 2008
And my most prized capture (20lb 12oz)
The dinner table - a plateau coming out from the marginal shelf. This is where I focused my attention.
Off to the right
Off to the left
The bay to the right
An old aerial photo:Stumble it!