Lac Du Carroley – Crozats lift on the far left and still a bit of snow!
La Plagne is one of the best ski resorts in the world with over 400km of piste, some amazing off piste and a down to earth feel that makes it very beginner friendly. But did you know that it also has a thriving summer business with lots of mountain biking and many other summer sports.
I have done a fair bit of sea fishing back in the UK and having heard that the lakes and rivers here are great for trout fishing I decided to give it a go this year. After getting the permit (from a local ski hire shop) and purchasing some inexpensive spinning kit from Decathlon I made plans to get out and give it a go.
Clear waters and beautiful scenery
The local river was the obvious first spot as it is just a 10 minute walk away. This to my surprise was actually quite productive and although a bit on the small side I managed to catch a couple of rainbow trout.
After this initial success I decided to head to one of the lakes in La Plagne which is actually just above Les Coches. The scenery in summer here is absolutely stunning and being quite remote I did not see a soul for the whole afternoon. Peaceful and tranquil are perfect words to describe it! Again to my surprise I was able to get a couple of small trout and although not record breaking were a lot of fun on lightweight gear.
Peaceful and Tranquil with the Carroley lift in the background, a favourite off piste route in the winter!
I then decided to try one of the larger lakes a bit further afield near Tignes. I had heard there were a fair number of larger fish there as the conditions are ideal for the larger lake brown trout. Again the scenery was worth the effort of getting to the lake and this time there were a few other people fishing there, a good sign I thought!
After an hour or so of spinning the lake I had not had any luck and was just about to move on when my luck change and I had a bite from what felt like a big fish! Nerves were kicking in and it took a little while to get it to the edge but it finally came out and I think I can honestly say it was one of the best fights I have had from a fish and great fun.
Just below the lac de Sassiere Tignes a little fishing spot know to locals!
From my experiences so far I think I can say that there definitely is fishing in La Plagne and the surrounding area and it is very good!!
Well worth the trip – might become a regular spot!