Fishing in France…First of all : Do I need a license to fish in France’s freshwaters ?
– Yes, of course !
If you intend to practice Angling or fishing in France’s freshwaters, you have to pay a license.
The cost of this license depends on whether you are an adult or a child, whether you only intend to fish in Loire-Atlantique departement (county) or all around France’s territory…Some of them allow you to fish just for a day, a week or a complete year.
The licenses :
How can I buy my license ?
We offer you 2 ways of buying your license :
- On a dedicated website : www.cartedepeche.fr
- In a shop next to your stay in Loire-Atlantique : click HERE to open the website list
What am I supposed to fish in Loire-Atlantique freshwaters?
Just like in the UK, the species are quite the same. Our topography is a bit plane and then our departement is a real anglers paradise…Ponds, lakes, calm rivers and canals, that’s our playground.
Several rivers offer the fisherman several ways of fishing : angling of course, but also lures spinning and casting to catch carnivorous fishes, and even fly fishing can be practised (unfortunately, you would catch much more chub than trouts…).
La Loire, the royal and large river offers plenty of species as pike, pike-perch (zander), roach, perch, carp, asp, chub, eel, and the biggest bullheads (Silurus glanis) you’ve ever caught !
Several species are protected a part of the year and you are no allowed to catch them during their reproduction period.
|Specie||period of fishing||lenght|
from january the 1rst to last sunday of january
and from may the 1rst to december the 31 rst
|Pike-perch (zander)|| On private rivers :
from january, the 1rst to last sunday of january
and from may the 1rst to december the 31 rst*
On state owned rivers :
All year long (only with a non moving earthworm)
Lures are prohibited
|Black-bass||from january the 1rst to last sunday of january and from june the 15th to december the 31 rst||0.40 meter|
2 different zones :see ministry decret
Am I authorized to fish by night ?
Only carp anglers are allowed to fish by night, but in only several sites (legislation is assertive) see the sites on google maps and click HERE.
If you are keen on carp fishing, be sure that your nights will be noisy…
Can I use a boat to fish with ?
Yes you can ! But only on state-owned rivers (yellow on this map).
Rivers offer the sailor many boating slips and large parking .
If your engine is electric, or below 6 HP, you needn’t a permit. On the contrary, if your engine exceed 6 HP, then you need a permit to navigate. Take advise at the conseil departemental of Loire-Atlantique.
Some fishing spots allow to use a float-tube or/and a kayak (clic HERE to see the map).
Watch out…You’re being watched !
To make rules and regulation respected, fisheries officers can control your activities. There are several units with different uniforms :
Is camping authorised on the riverbank ?
Wild camping is prohibited in France. But on night carp fishing spots, bivouac is tolerated. You have to be quiet and discreet. Some site allow you to use a barbecue (Fires are usually prohibited) (see site legislation).
Where can I find fishing tackle ?
Here’s a google map where you will find every fishing tackle shop next to your leisure stays.
Where can I find campings or lodges next to my favorite fishing spots ?
We have selected several overnight stays that could be interesting.
- Click HERE to consult the special camping website page.
- Click HERE to consult the special Lodging website page.
At last, if you own an Android smartphone or tablet, don’t hesitate and download our free app « Pêcher en 44 » (Fishing in Loire-Atlantique).
With « Fishing in Loire-Atlantique, France », reach plenty of fishing spots with Google maps and our interactive maps. Let yourself guide with the GPS function of your phone !
Are you fond of carp fishing?
Shoot your catch and share the spot with your friends via social networks.
Discover fish stocks with our species-atlas.
Go fishing in Loire-Atlantique, France !
Well dear English spoken friend, now you almost know everything about our so nice Loire-Atlantique departement…So…Welcome in L-A and have a nice stay.
We don’t wish you…well…you know what I mean…
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