The Loire Valley, a prime spot for fishing
With its numerous ponds, lakes and canals, the Loire river itself and its tributaries, the Loire Valley is not lacking in fishing spots! Some Local fishermen even earn a living from it. Whether amateur or professional, come along with your fishing rod and try your luck with the zander, carp and pike...
Fishing in the Loire Valley
The Loire is home to numerous species of fish, including zander, carp and pike. On the banks of the river or aboard a boat, you will be enchanted by the peaceful nature of this activity. At least, until a fish bites! Then it is up to you whether to keep or release it...
Rivers, Loire tributaries, lakes and ponds are just as suitable for fishing; examples include the river Mayenne, the Rillé Lake and the lakes of Sologne, where you can catch carp.
In canals such as the Briare canal or the Orléans canal that runs through a forest, you will find perch and carp. The same forest also has a large number of ponds which are home to predators like pike and large perch.
The fishing activities extend right down to the ocean. In the estuary and along the Jade coast there are typical fishing huts dotted along the coastline, near Saint-Brevin and Saint-Nazaire. Patrons of tradition, these peculiar wooden cabins planted on stilts perpetuate the tradition of fishing with square nets.
In the city, at night or guided: unusual fishing experiences
Urban or "street fishing" offers the chance of going fishing in town! Try catching some perch in an iconic Loire Valley town like Orléans.
And why not at night? Turn nocturnal for a night at Ile Saint Aubin or Saint-Mathurin sur Loire and wait for the carp to come to you ...
Lastly, share the experience with a qualified instructor who will introduce to all the fishing techniques and teach you still fishing or sport fishing (including hunting for a huge catfish around 2 metres long and weighing 100 kg, for example!). Children can also take part in nature fishing workshops.
Fishing: a regulated activity
Before going fishing you need to buy a fishing permit in advance, valid for one or more days. Also make sure you respect all the regulations in effect (the size of fish that may be kept, periods in which fishing is not allowed etc.)
You should also be aware that in some lakes fishing is not allowed; these include Grand-Lieu Lake, where only a few local residants are allowed to fish.
To find out more:
- Fédération de pêche de Loire-Atlantique (Loire-Atlantique Fishing Federation)
- Fédération de pêche du Maine-et-Loire (Maine-et-Loire Fishing Federation)
- Fédération de pêche d'Indre-et-Loire (Indre-et-Loire Fishing Federation)
- Fédération de pêche du Loir-et-Cher (Loir-et-Cher Fishing Federation)
- Fédération de pêche du Loiret (Loiret Fishing Federation)
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