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Lake Varlaam

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About Lake Varlaam

Lake Varlaam is a beautiful mature gravel pit with an abundance of overhanging trees. It was dug in the mid-nineties and later divided into two lakes, Sector A (7 ha) and Sector B (25 ha). Both lakes are a maze of features (plateaus, gravel bars, islands, points, and bays) and variable depths, providing interesting challenges. The lakes are managed by two administrators who speak good English and are kept in perfect condition. The lakes are partially surrounded by forests and willows, providing protection and privacy. They are packed with zebra mussels that provide the carp with tons of natural food year-round and give excellent growth rates.

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Additional information

  • Distance from Dover 1526
  • Number of anglers: 40
  • Dogs allowed: Yes
  • Lake size: 7 | 25 hect.
  • Lake record: 30kg+
  • Number of pegs: 27

Lake Varlaam

Lake Varlaam is located 25 km south of Bucharest in Romania, making it a beautiful location for both carp fishing and feeder fishing. It’s situated approximately a kilometer from the village of Varlaam, near the main road DN5A, making it easily accessible.

Regardless of the weather, Lake Varlaam is easily reachable, with all spots accessible by car for unloading your gear. It’s a private area with restricted access, ensuring fishing is safe. After entering, cars are parked in the parking lot near the entrance, which is close to most fishing spots.

For customers traveling by plane to Romania, we can arrange pick-up and transportation from Bucharest International Airport, although transport costs may apply. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Please note, for safety reasons, arrivals and departures are only possible during daylight hours.

Arrival and Departure Times
Arrival after 07:00
Departure by 12:00
If you’re arriving later than 18:00, please call us or the administrators for advice. It’s not permitted to leave the premises at night without permission.

The Fish Stock
In Sector A (the small lake), there are approximately 200-250 common and mirror carp, with the largest weighing around 30 kilograms. Many carp weigh over 20 kilograms, with most exceeding 15 kilograms. Several other large carp approach 30 kilograms.

The much larger Sector B (the big lake) boasts around 700-750 common and mirror carp, with about 50 carp weighing over 20 kilograms, some exceeding 25 kilograms. The lake record is 30 kilograms. Last year, an impressive 100 carp over 24 kilograms were caught! It’s an open water mass with virtually no obstacles and numerous attractive features, including two large islands and variable depths. Both lakes predominantly feature high-shouldered, large-mouthed carp with large fins. There are also some mirrors with a similar shape. The lakes have no crayfish or poisson-chat.

The Pegs
All anglers receive as much assistance and information as possible to catch fish. Administrators are available at all times and will, regardless of the time, day or night, go out to photograph all fish over 20 kilograms. Boats and bait boats are allowed at no extra cost. All pegs are gravelled and remain perfectly clean on rainy days. Using a large unhooking mat or inflatable mat is essential, and great care must be taken when handling fish. No specialized equipment is required; standard fishing gear will suffice. A rod pod might be easier to set up on the hard gravel, but regular banksticks are also suitable.

Lake Varlaam Sector A
11 large pegs – 14 anglers – 7 hectares
The beautiful pegs are spread across a picturesque peninsula with overhanging trees extending into the middle of the lake. See map in the photos. The pegs are positioned so that everyone fishes from one bank towards the opposite side. There are no pegs on the opposite side, ensuring everyone has ample space and can fish without interference from neighbors.
Sector A has 11 pegs strategically placed along the lake’s edge, accommodating a maximum of seven anglers, allowing each customer their share of the water. All pegs offer anglers plenty of opportunities on where and how to fish. There are many reed beds, overhanging trees, bays, ledges, slopes, gravel bars, deep holes, sludge beds, and even a submerged island. To prevent overcrowding, management allows a maximum of 7 (seven) pegs to be fished at once. All pegs are surrounded by young poplars and willows, providing shade in the summer. All pegs are large enough for 2-person bivvies. Pegs have been created for carp fishing, and there are pegs created for feeder fishing.
Carp pegs are A1, A2, A4, A6, A7, A8, A9
Feeder pegs are A3, A5, A10, A11

Lake Varlaam Sector B
16 pegs – 30 anglers – 25 hectares
All pegs on Sector B have electricity. Some pegs on Sector B (B8, B9, B10, B11, B13, B14, B15) have comfortable wooden chalets that can be booked along with pegs. Most pegs are large enough for two anglers with a maximum of eight rods. The pegs are very comfortable, with many lined with trees providing shade in the summer. Each peg has access to a large water surface of at least 1 hectare, often much more.

The Facilities
Lake Varlaam is completely secure and maintained, offering excellent facilities including charging points for mobile phones, bait boats, and other electrical equipment, clean toilets and shower blocks, convenient parking, and easy access. The showers and toilets are just 150 meters away from Sector A and are also clean, well-equipped, and spacious. There is electricity and water (from a spring) on Sector A. The administrators can help you recharge your batteries. All pegs on Sector B are also equipped with electricity.

Tactics
Lake Varlaam is a fantastic fishing spot. There are so many features in the lake’s design that no two pegs are the same, testing your knowledge each time. Due to the lake’s topography and the number of underwater features, Varlaam can pose different challenges, but skilled anglers will find ways to succeed, provided bait boats become an essential part of their fishing.
Although the lake is not large, you need to know what you’re doing to locate the fish. Even if you’ve located the fish in a certain spot and are sure the carp are there, you may still not catch them.
Lake Varlaam isn’t easy water, as carp fishing should be. It’s also not so difficult and can often be quite generous with large carp and multiple catches in a short time.

High-quality bait will catch, although we can supply a range of highly priced Dynamite Baits boilies and pop-ups that can be purchased locally. Large quantities need to be pre-ordered.
Rigs don’t need to be complicated, but they do need to be safe. The administrators routinely check rigs and advise on what’s best to use.

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The peg(s) & Map

To guide you all the way to the lake, you can use the Waze traffic app. For our European customers, we recommend enabling navigation based on the GPS code you receive upon booking.

Well-stocked Lidl and Mega Image supermarkets are located just 5-10 km away (a 10-minute drive) from the location. Local takeaway restaurants deliver to the water’s edge, offering a wide range of hot dishes to choose from.

For an accurate display of the map, you can switch to satellite view. Alternatively, you can check the photo gallery.

Extras

It is possible to rent fishing equipment. Please indicate this during your reservation.
Airport pick-up and drop-off services can be arranged. Please indicate this during your reservation.

You can obtain these options on-site.

  • A bait boat is available on-site for an additional fee.
  • A carp cradle is available on-site for an additional fee.
  • A refrigerator is available on-site for an additional fee, specifically in Sector B.

Available on location:

  • Peddle boats
  • Unhookingmat

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The accommodation

At Lake Varlaam, Sector A does not have accommodations. However, Sector B features small basic chalets that can be booked with specific pegs (B8, B13, B14, B15). Showers and toilets are located just 150 meters away from Sector A. There is electricity and water (from a spring) available on Sector A.

Sector A (7 hectare)

  • Shower
  • Toilets
  • European electric sockets are available.

Sector B (25 hectare) chalets

  • European electric sockets are available.
  • A refrigerator with an 88-liter capacity is available for an additional fee.
  • The chalet does not come furnished.

Sector B (25 hectare)

  • Shower
  • Toilets
  • European electric sockets are available.
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Price overview

Please contact us to place a reservation.

**Bookable per week per peg (from 2 anglers):**
Chalet €70,- per week only available for pegs B8, B9, B10, B11, B13, B14, B15

**High season months: April, May, June, September, and October**
€315,- for 4 rods | €472,50 for 6 rods | €630,- for 8 rods > excluding chalet
€385,- for 4 rods | €577,50 for 6 rods | €770,- for 8 rods > including chalet
Non-anglers free of charge
Maximum 2 anglers per peg

**Low season months: March, July, August, and November**
€210,- for 4 rods | €315,- for 6 rods | €420,- for 8 rods > excluding chalet
€280,- for 4 rods | €420,- for 6 rods | €560,- for 8 rods > including chalet
Non-anglers free of charge

**Additional options on-site**
€21,- per week for 88-liter refrigerator only available for pegs B8, B9, B10, B11, B13, B14, B15
€15,- per week for bait boat
€5,- per week for carp cradle

It is possible to rent fishing equipment. Please indicate this during your reservation.
Airport pick-up and drop-off services can be arranged. Please indicate this during your reservation.

All prices are exclusive of €30,- booking fees. Due to Romania being outside the EU, there are higher administrative costs.

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Bookings for this fishing holiday are made in consultation with the owner and can therefore not be made through our automatic booking system.

Communicate your preferences to one of our employees via chat.

You can also reach us by phone on working days between 10:00 and 17:00 on +31518419995

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  • 2 anglers per week
  • Maximum 60 persons
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