Lake Villeneuve De La Raho

France

Welcome to Raho

All you need to do is jump on a short flight to Perpignan airport and you will be picked up and taken to the lake within a short twenty-minute drive and fishing on the lake within an hour.

We provide all the equipment needed to maximise your time while on holiday with us along with bait packages available from our sponsor Dynamite baits, tackle and equipment from Sonik and Guru to give you the best quality tackle available like you would use at home. You just bring your end gear, favourite reels if wanted and favourite methods, we sort the rest.

We have top class accommodation on the banks of our lake making it easy to go out fishing with your fishing porters and tackle provided to any day swim areas on the lake at any time or hour of your choice. You can relax and chill in the evening with one of our food packages or have breakfast and lunch delivered to your peg and just relax in the evening and have a drink talking about the action-packed day.

During the hot summer weeks when temperatures are high it requires an early start for the bream. Pre baiting with particle on large still waters is essential, we can help you with that daily. For the social anglers who enjoy the pub and the social side then Raho coarse fishing has this ready and waiting for you and those who go on a coarse fishing holiday expecting to catch between 20 and 80lb of roach and hybrids a day, you won’t be disappointed. However, fishing at first light or late into the evening greatly increases catches, it is when the fish tend to feed harder. Big roach and bream hybrids are increasing in size in the lake at Raho and 100 lb plus catches are not uncommon now.

The Lake

Lake Villeneuve-De-La-Raho is a lake in the town of Villeneuve-de-la-Raho in Pyrénées-Orientales, France.

Our fishing here at Villeneuve de la Raho is very different to the normal carp holiday venues as the carp feed heavily day and night. Making this the ultimate experience with untold captures of carp and screaming alarms in a stunning location. Only 15 minutes from Perpignan airport this lake is used all year round for fantastic carp fishing. The water has a great reputation for being one of the best runs waters in Europe. The lake is 230 hectares in surface water, divided into three reservoirs, the Lakes of Raho are real paradises for carp anglers.

Aerial shot of Raho Lake in France.
The Stock

Raho carp stock consists of thousands of common and mirror carp with an average weight of 30lb up to weights above 60lb if you are the lucky one. This stock level is unbelievable and the burning reels action you will have during your holiday will make the need for a rest when you return home.

Danny Champion holding big fish
The Experience

This lake has been based around many years’ experience in the carp fishing holiday industry & the extensive search for a lake destination packed full of some of the hardest fighting carp you will ever experience.

The development of Raho was to create a lake destination where you are going to catch fish day in day out while on your limited fishing holiday time. The end goal is to have a lake that you walk away from at the end of your carp fishing holiday with us and you are already booking for the next trip as the holiday has ticked all the right boxes

Not spending a week on a lake struggling to even get a bite or ending a week either blanking or for the odd fish if you have spent a fortune in getting there for a big fat blank.

View of French Alps from Raho lake
The Guides

Our local guides Samuel and Lloyd head up the guiding at Raho, they 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 many Raho 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.

Man guiding lake Raho

Where to stay

The Accommodation

The Villeneuve de la Raho lakeside chalet accommodation provided in the Day Fishing Package is ideally located within 100m of the waters edge. Just walk out the security gates and you are on the lake fishing with us here at Raho carp holidays.

All chalets are equipped with:

  • Double Bedroom & Twin room
  • Shower & WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting Room with sofa bed
  • Outside terrace
Main room in mobile home View of kitchen Bathroom Mobile home from outside Mobile home from outside from other side Inside of mobile home

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
  • Lake side accommodation, shower & toilet facilities
  • Private 4 berth mobile home

Extra Services:

  • Lake Side Delivery Service (Please see snacks & drinks menu here)
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Food packages available here)
  • 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
  • Lake Side 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:

  • Electric Fridge: £50
  • Phone Charger & Solar Pack: £25

Subject to availability

What you need to know

Equipment Provided

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)

  • Nash Titan Hide XL Bivvy
  • 3 x 12ft 3.5tc carp rods
  • Spomb Rod
  • Bed-chair
  • Nash Gazebo per swim (Weather dependable).
  • 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 4oz 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)
  • 3 x Reels and Spod Reel: (15lb & 18lb) 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 Perpignan, France, where you can find daily budget flights from Birmingham and London Stansted Airports with Ryanair.

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Carp Gallery

Danny champion holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France,
Danny champion holding carp caught on Lake Raho at night,
2 anglers holding carp
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe
Angler holding carp caught on Lake Raho in France, Europe

Welcome to Raho

All you need to do is jump on a short flight to Perpignan airport and you will be picked up and taken to the lake within a short twenty-minute drive and fishing on the lake within an hour.

We provide all the equipment needed to maximise your time while on holiday with us along with bait packages available from our sponsor Dynamite baits, tackle and equipment from Sonik and Guru to give you the best quality tackle available like you would use at home. You just bring your end gear, favourite reels if wanted and favourite methods, we sort the rest.

We have top class accommodation on the banks of our lake making it easy to go out fishing with your fishing porters and tackle provided to any day swim areas on the lake at any time or hour of your choice. You can relax and chill in the evening with one of our food packages or have breakfast and lunch delivered to your peg and just relax in the evening and have a drink talking about the action-packed day.

During the hot summer weeks when temperatures are high it requires an early start for the bream. Pre baiting with particle on large still waters is essential, we can help you with that daily. For the social anglers who enjoy the pub and the social side then Raho coarse fishing has this ready and waiting for you and those who go on a coarse fishing holiday expecting to catch between 20 and 80lb of roach and hybrids a day, you won’t be disappointed. However, fishing at first light or late into the evening greatly increases catches, it is when the fish tend to feed harder. Big roach and bream hybrids are increasing in size in the lake at Raho and 100 lb plus catches are not uncommon now.

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