Limousin is known as the land of a thousand lakes - they're
not far wrong actually. The area has many peaceful lakes and
slow moving rivers that rarely get crowded with other anglers.
are large lakes of over 100 hectares, smaller municipal lakes,
rivers and private fisheries offering the travelling angler
many opportunities to fish for the quarry of their choice.
full years licence to fish most of France costs €85.00 and
enables the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters.
is a distinction between 1st and 2nd Category Lakes and rivers
in the region.
1st (Premiere) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited
by game fish. Season mid March - 15th Sept
2nd (Deuxieme) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited
by coarse fish. Season, mostly all year
holiday licence is now available from June 1st - December 31st
and costs €32,00 for a period of 15 days. This entitles you
to fish within the Haute Vienne, and enables the holder to fish
1st and 2nd category waters. For other regions it would cost the
same per region.
licences are now available for just €10 and can be purchased
from January 1st - December 31st. If you wish to fish in the bordering
departments to the Haute Vienne, these are available also. This
enables anglers to fish earlier in the season which is great news.
This too permits the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters.
This is the perfect solution if you only wish to fish for a day
or so when staying here. The daily permits only cover the department
in which they are issued, i.e. Haute Vienne 87, Charente 16 or
Dordogne 24. The Haute Vienne permits are available at our local
Boulangerie or from Dino's bar and are a necessity to fish legally
in the region. There are some lakes locally that do not require
anglers to be in possession of a permit, although there is usually
a daily ticket fee.
carp caught at Domaine de Jarlat by Carl Richards.
nearest mixed fishery Domain de Jarlat is just 15 mins away from
us. The fishery offers trout fishing on one lake using fly, worm
or bait, and another much larger lake offering carp, pike, sturgeon,
zander and perch fishing. The owner, Patrick, is a charming frenchman
who fishes himself so he knows the needs of anglers. There is a
toilet/shower block and a small café offering snacks and
drinks. As this is a private fishery, you do not need any permits
whatsoever. You just pay Patrick per session. His prices are very
Masselievre : A beautiful and secluded lake about 8 kilometres from
Parc Verger. You climb into the hills surrounding the tardoire valley
before reaching the lake. Stocked with trout, pike, perch a good
head of bream to 4lb and carp up to 20lb and other coarse fish,
- fishing is any method.
Open from mid April until mid October.
Day tickets have to be purchased from the Mairie, or Chez Jules
in La Chapelle Montbrandeix. Prices
are a very reasonable 6€ per day with no other permit needed.
Combes fly fishery near St Mathieu
20 minutes away- if you would like to go fly fishing - take a look
Run by Tony a retired STANIC qualified instructor and his wife Sue,
their site is packed full of fishing venues around the area.
Their gite is available too for anglers, house hunters or just for
a quiet break in the Limousin countryside.
River Vienne at Aixe sur Vienne
River Vienne that meanders through our region holds many species
of fish including carp, pike, perch, zander and a few species which
we have seen, but not caught, so we are not sure exactly what they
you prefer wandering the river banks, you will need to buy a permit.
These will be available locally and will cost 10 euros for a one
day permit (available from January - December) or 32 euros for a
15 day holiday permit (Available from June - December) Both of these
permits allow you to fish only in the Haute Vienne region of the