There are numerous different swims to choose from and vary in
size from a swim for a small bivvy through to a swim that you can get a caravan on.
There are swims that are named such as the black beach and the honeymoon swim which we
have fished from and have some great features to fish to, although in this lake you do
have to consider that there are numerous snags to deals with, so be prepared to work for
that fish of a lifetime.
We were told to watch out for falling pine cones and it is not until you see the size of
them you realise why they say it. Being a good size lake situated in the middle of
this pine forest, you have the added benefit of being able to drive right the way round
the lake, and this is great for getting your gear to the exact spot you want to fish, but
it is quite a hike from some swims if you wish to get back to facilities and interesting
in itself! But the very well maintained facilities include a dedicated toilet and
shower block, plus there is a bar next door and a point for you to get fresh water.
Pascal is the person on site and he is so helpful, from tips of where to fish from your
swim, through to making your stay comfortable. In fact, if you have ever read any of
our other fishing articles, you will gather that we do
this as a family and the first time we visited Rainbow Lake our daughter was only just
over two years of age, and Pascal was initially very surprised (and probably some what
worried), yet extremely accommodating, especially when he realised how good she was and we
had a very pleasant experience, with many carp over 30lb and some in to the 40lbs
You have got to laugh (and we did afterwards) but on another trip down there we had sparks
flying from a wheel of our trailer whilst going past numerous vans without even realising,
that is until pulling into the petrol station to refuel and realising we had hardly any
tyre!! Anyway, we met up with a bunch of lads that were also fishing at Rainbow Lake
that we had overtaken at some point and you can imagine the comments. But seriously,
they made us look amateurs when it came to the fishing, with the proper bait boats, depth
finders, etc. It made our set up look like we were just going to be there for a few
days of fun! Yet Pascal was also helpful not just for the fishing but even for us
getting the tyre repaired - plus we managed to beat the best weight for one of those lads
on the carp they caught. Mind you, one did catch a 52lb and that is something we
have never been able to do on any lake we have fished so far (but perhaps that is us, not
Most people and us included say the for the first couple of days of carp fishing things
are actually quite slow and this was the same every time we visited Rainbow Lake.
Yet with the right tactics and bait you could end up coming away with a personal best,
which we did every time. The fish are definitely there, yet some are becoming far
more wary and far more difficult to catch, let alone large enough to break the line or
Have to also mention the sturgeon that the lake holds, which are great to catch, and are
so accommodating when you are taking those pictures.
As with a lot of fishing lakes, this is not designed for families as there are no
children's facilities available, but there are places to go only a short drive away such
as a swimming lake, yet like our daughter, providing they are very well behaved they are
more than welcome.
There are also some really secluded spots on this lake and others where you can set up at
least two sets of rods, but over the years the venue has become very well known,
especially with its record breaking carp, so it is best to book early, especially if you
know that you want a certain swim.
So if you want to go to a carp fishing lake in the Aquitaine
region of France, with a proven track record then Rainbow Lake has got to be one of
your lakes on your list of venues to visit.
Adress & Contact Details:
Lac de Curton
Tel: 5 56 65 70 89