Bear Lake

Slovenia

Welcome to Bear Lake

You will be blown away by the views over the mountains and surrounding alpine forests.

The lake covers an area of about 39 hectares and measures almost 40 meters in depth. Its surface measures 1.5 sq/km with the coast line about 3 km in total.

You will even see two fully-grown brown bears that were rescued after their mother was killed on the approach roads to the lake some years ago and are now held for breeding nearby to the lake.

The Lake

Bear (Kočevje) Lake is one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in Slovenia. The formation of the artificial lake dates back to years between 1973 and 1978 when the bottom of the basin of the brown coal mine was gradually filled with water.

Coal mining was a 175-year-old tradition, but today only a few buildings around the lake and names such as "Festunga" and "Kipa" are reminiscent of the coal mining tradition.

Carp fishing on Bear Lake, Slovenia, Europe
The Stock

This natural Slovenian lake offers some fantastic action and many fish to over 70lb.

The fish in this lake are growing at record rates each year and the lake currently has over 20 x 60lb+, 50 x 50lb+ and 150 x 40lb+ carp and hundreds of fish 28lb+.

Catch rates between 5 and 10 fish per day is normal here if you are situated in one of the prime areas (which we will of course make sure that you are). Catfish well in excess of 100lb also reside in the lake.

Carp in landing net
The Experience

Although this is a relatively unknown lake to most of those outside of Slovenia, Bear Lake is a destination that has been for the pioneer anglers who travel from all around Europe to fish from its picturesque banks.

With good carp stock of common, mirror and linear carp as well as some elusive grass carp you are sure of some amazing days fishing and lots of action catching some fantastic big fish at Bear lake.

Aerial shot of Bear Lake, Slovenia.
Guides

Our local guides & brothers Bruno & Drago Šolaja head up the guiding at Bear Lake and have fished the lake for many years knowing every inch like the back of their hands.

They'll set you up, advise on the best places to fish, explain the swims and features of the lake, visit you daily and be available as required to help in any way they can to ensure you have all you need to catch these big Bear lake carp that reside in this stunning lake.

A WhatsApp group chat will be set up for each visiting party to ensure that you can contact the guides easily and get any information you require.

Carp fishing holiday guides

Where to stay

You have the option of an added extra of a first and last night room in a small hotel if required and booked in advance local to the lake in Kočevje town next to the old river.

See here for details

Packages

7 Day Full Circle Package

Full Circle Package holidays are managed by our professional lake guides.

Included in the Full Circle Package:

  • Full Fishing Permits
  • Airport Transfers
  • Full fishing equipment (see below for full details)
  • Fully Guided Service
  • Campsite lake side shower & toilet facilities

Extra Services:

  • Lake Side Delivery Service (Please see snacks & drinks menu here)
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Food packages available here)
  • Hotel rooms on request £50.00 per night
  • Bait service available Boilies & Particle. (Please see bait packages here)

7 Day Drive & Survive

The drive & survive packages are for anglers who don’t want to fly and would rather drive with their own equipment and be guided on our lake with all fishing permissions arranged. Our lake guide will meet you on the day of your arrival and give you all the advice you need to maximise your fishing holidays.

Included in Drive & Survive:

  • Full Fishing Permits
  • Part Guided Service
  • Lake Side Delivery Service
  • Campsite lakeside shower & toilet facilities

Extra Services:

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Food packages available here)
  • Hotel rooms on request £50.00 per night
  • Bait service available Boilies & Particle. (Please see bait packages here)

£850 p.p.

£650 p.p.

Additional Rental Options

The following items are available weekly at a surcharge:

  • Fridge c/w 6kg bottle: £50
  • Phone Charger & Solar Pack: £25

Subject to availability

What you need to know

To ensure you have the best holiday, we have prepared a list of all the things we will provide when you arrive and a shorter list of the things you need to bring to get the very best out of your time with us (Full Circle Packages only)

Equipment Provided

  • Nash Titan Hide XL Bivvy
  • Raptor Dinghy/Life jackets (per double swim)
  • 2 x 12ft 3.5tc carp rods
  • Spomb Rod
  • Bed-chair
  • Nash Gazebo per swim
  • Fish Care Equipment per swim
  • Landing Net
  • 1 x chair
  • Bank Sticks or Pod if required
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Gas Burner
  • Cool Box

Please Note a €200 euro deposit is payable on arrival for equipment hire.

What to bring

  • Tackle Box with all end tackle (Terminal tackle packages available)
  • Leads 4/5oz distance *
  • Sleeping bag & Pillow – Thermal cover (Weather dependent)
  • Bite Alarms & Indicators
  • Head Torch & Bivvy Light
  • Catapult *
  • Spods *
  • 2 x Reels and Spod Reel: (18lb & 20lb) line is recommended and leader materials for distance fishing
  • Carp Care Kit
  • Wrap sticks
  • Chest waders

*Available to buy / hire at venue

Airport Transfers

Our Full Circle Packages include Airport transfers for both your inbound and outbound flights. We will arrange collection and drop-off for you and your luggage to ensure you have a hassle-free experience from the minute you arrive until the minute you depart.

We advise flying into Ljubljana where you can find daily budget flights from all London and Luton Airports with Easyjet & Lufthansa.

Alternative routes are available with Lufthansa usually changing in Germany.

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Carp Gallery

Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe

Welcome to Bear Lake

You will be blown away by the views over the mountains and surrounding alpine forests.

The lake covers an area of about 39 hectares and measures almost 40 meters in depth. Its surface measures 1.5 sq/km with the coast line about 3 km in total.

You will even see two fully-grown brown bears that were rescued after their mother was killed on the approach roads to the lake some years ago and are now held for breeding nearby to the lake.

  • The Lake

    Bear (Kočevje) Lake is one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in Slovenia. The formation of the artificial lake dates back to years between 1973 and 1978 when the bottom of the basin of the brown coal mine was gradually filled with water.

    Coal mining was a 175-year-old tradition, but today only a few buildings around the lake and names such as "Festunga" and "Kipa" are reminiscent of the coal mining tradition.

    Carp fishing on Bear Lake, Slovenia, Europe
  • The Stock

    This natural Slovenian lake offers some fantastic action and many fish to over 70lb.

    The fish in this lake are growing at record rates each year and the lake currently has over 20 x 60lb+, 50 x 50lb+ and 150 x 40lb+ carp and hundreds of fish 28lb+.

    Catch rates between 5 and 10 fish per day is normal here if you are situated in one of the prime areas (which we will of course make sure that you are). Catfish well in excess of 100lb also reside in the lake.

    Carp in landing net
  • The Experience

    Although this is a relatively unknown lake to most of those outside of Slovenia, Bear Lake is a destination that has been for the pioneer anglers who travel from all around Europe to fish from its picturesque banks.

    With good carp stock of common, mirror and linear carp as well as some elusive grass carp you are sure of some amazing days fishing and lots of action catching some fantastic big fish at Bear lake.

    Aerial shot of Bear Lake, Slovenia.
  • The Guides

    Our local guides & brothers Bruno & Drago Šolaja head up the guiding at Bear Lake and have fished the lake for many years knowing every inch like the back of their hands.

    They'll set you up, advise on the best places to fish, explain the swims and features of the lake, visit you daily and be available as required to help in any way they can to ensure you have all you need to catch these big Bear lake carp that reside in this stunning lake.

    A WhatsApp group chat will be set up for each visiting party to ensure that you can contact the guides easily and get any information you require.

    Carp fishing holiday guides
  • Accomodation

    You have the option of an added extra of a first and last night room in a small hotel if required and booked in advance local to the lake in Kočevje town next to the old river.

    See here for details

  • Packages
    7 Day Full Circle Package

    Full Circle Package holidays are managed by our professional lake guides.

    Included in the Full Circle Package:

    • Full Fishing Permits
    • Airport Transfers
    • Full fishing equipment (see below for full details)
    • Fully Guided Service
    • Campsite lake side shower & toilet facilities

    Extra Services:

    • Lake Side Delivery Service (Please see snacks & drinks menu here)
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Food packages available here)
    • Hotel rooms on request £50.00 per night
    • Bait service available Boilies & Particle. (Please see bait packages here)
    £850 p.p.

    7 Day Drive & Survive

    The drive & survive packages are for anglers who don’t want to fly and would rather drive with their own equipment and be guided on our lake with all fishing permissions arranged. Our lake guide will meet you on the day of your arrival and give you all the advice you need to maximise your fishing holidays.

    Included in Drive & Survive:

    • Full Fishing Permits
    • Part Guided Service
    • Lake Side Delivery Service
    • Campsite lakeside shower & toilet facilities

    Extra Services:

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Food packages available here)
    • Hotel rooms on request £50.00 per night
    • Bait service available Boilies & Particle. (Please see bait packages here)
    £650 p.p.

    Additional Rental Options

    The following items are available weekly at a surcharge:

    • Fridge c/w 6kg bottle: £50
    • Phone Charger & Solar Pack: £25

    Subject to availability

  • Information

    To ensure you have the best holiday, we have prepared a list of all the things we will provide when you arrive and a shorter list of the things you need to bring to get the very best out of your time with us (Full Circle Packages only)

    Equipment Provided

    • Nash Titan Hide XL Bivvy
    • Raptor Dinghy/Life jackets (per double swim)
    • 2 x 12ft 3.5tc carp rods
    • Spomb Rod
    • Bed-chair
    • Nash Gazebo per swim
    • Fish Care Equipment per swim
    • Landing Net
    • 1 x chair
    • Bank Sticks or Pod if required
    • Cooking Equipment
    • Gas Burner
    • Cool Box

    Please Note a €200 euro deposit is payable on arrival for equipment hire.

    What to bring

    • Tackle Box with all end tackle (Terminal tackle packages available)
    • Leads 4/5oz distance (available to purchase at venue)
    • Sleeping bag & Pillow – Thermal cover (Weather dependent)
    • Bite Alarms & Indicators
    • Head Torch & Bivvy Light
    • Catapult (available for purchase at venue)
    • Spods (available for purchase at venue)
    • 2 x Reels and Spod Reel: (18lb & 20lb) line is recommended and leader materials for distance fishing
    • Carp Care Kit
    • Wrap sticks
    • Chest waders

    Airport Transfers

    Our Full Circle Packages include Airport transfers for both your inbound and outbound flights. We will arrange collection and drop-off for you and your luggage to ensure you have a hassle-free experience from the minute you arrive until the minute you depart.

    We advise flying into Ljubljana where you can find daily budget flights from all London and Luton Airports with Easyjet & Lufthansa.

    Alternative routes are available with Lufthansa usually changing in Germany.

  • Downloads

    View

    Download

    Food & Drink

    Lake Rules

    zz

    Lake Map

    Lake Specification

    zz

    Travel Advice

    zz
  • Carp Gallery
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe
    Angler holding carp caught at Bear lake in Slovenia, Europe

COVID-19

Currently there still are travel restrictions to and from many European countries and the goal posts keep moving. We recognise that this brings uncertainty when planning your holidays and as such we present 2 options that should help you make your decision and start looking forward to your long overdue trip.

⁓ Any bookings made for specific dates can be changed as required with 14 days notice and evidence that travel rules have either changed or are likely to.

⁓ Open ended bookings can be taken with dates for your trip chosen once the restrictions have been lifted.

For more information please feel free to contact using the details shown here and we will update you as we know more.

info@carpcircle.com


01202 374091