Lake Bled & The Balkans

Lake Bled

Lake Bled is a glacier-formed, crystal blue lake, known for its castle and panoramic views. It's also close to Slovenia’s culture-packed capital, Ljubljana.

The stunningly beautiful scenery, the famous iconic church on the island and carp growing to 80lb has made this one of the most desirable waters to fish in the world.

The lake is around 300 acres and very deep with depths to 30metres (100ft) being common. There are very few shallow areas and fishing in 10+ meters is the norm.

The stock is impressive holding 150 x 40lb carp, 70 x 50lb carp, 20 x 60lb carp and 2 x fish around 70lb with the current record standing at 75lb.

Why do i need a Guide?

Tourism is Slovenia’s biggest income and Lake Bled is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and because of this the local authorities have no interest in accomodating carp anglers. In fact they are deterred by both the day ticket prices (€57 per day) and the rules that can be seen here. (

In addition to this, the carp tickets are limited to 10 anglers per day during July and August.

With the lake having no night fishing and many of the bites (80%+) falling in the first and last hour of the permitted time, it means that an angler needs to be in their respective swim from around 4am until 11pm at night leaving little time to return to your chosen accommodation ready to return to the lake the following morning.

At VIP Carp Holidays our guide will help you with swim choice, tactics and help you hold a swim whilst maximizing both sleeping and fishing time.

A Little More Info

The carp respond to bait very well and accessing one of the many productive areas whilst constantly introducing bait is the best method to catching the Bled carp.

As the local authorities offer a discount when purchasing three tickets together, we recommend fishing in 3-day stints.

We will provide you with the exact equipment that will make the inhibiting rules tolerable guaranteeing maximum comfort on the bank during all conditions.

We also encourage you to arrive the day before you start fishing to enable you to familiarize yourself with the lake with our guide and make a swim choice ready to start an hour before light the following morning.

It is advisable to book accommodation locally whilst fishing Bled so that you have a base.

We offer a service on the local 4 star campsite situated right by the lake wherein we will provide bivvies, bed-chairs and a BBQ already set up for your arrival.

We also have an apartment available 5 mins from the lake and will help with booking any level of accommodation that you require from hostel to hotel or even a local villa.


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