Here in the Haute-Vienne we have 6500 km of category 1 rivers, 400km of category 2 rivers, 190 hectares of category 1 lakes and 1800 hectares of category 2 lakes. Enough for the most ardent angler. Or if you are "The Occasional Angler" who just likes to fish if the opportunity presents itself, we can cater for you with complete tackle hire available.


A full years licence to fish most of France enables the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters. This amount varies a little between departments.

There 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 - end Sept

2nd (Deuxieme) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited by coarse fish. Season, mostly all year

The holiday licence is now available. More information on permits can be found at

Daily licences are also available. 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 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.

In the lakes and rivers local to us you will find Trout, Carp, Pike, Zander, Perch, Shad and other species.

We now offer coarse and fly fishing tackle hire on a daily or weekly basis.


RIVER VIENNE: This area of France is well known for the river Dordogne. However there are two other major river systems. The Vienne and the Charente. The Charente starts about 30 mins away from us before winding its way to the coast many kilometres away. The Vienne is a beautiful river, mostly slow flowing and picturesque which runs eventually into the River Loire. We are less than 20 minutes away from the River Vienne with easy access to the river and parking close by.

Picture opposite taken on the River Vienne at Aixe sur Vienne about 20 mins from our base here.


A beautiful and secluded lake about 8 kilometres from our farmhouse. You climb into the hills surrounding the tardoire valley before reaching the lake. Stocked with trout, pike, perch and other coarse fish, fishing is any method. There is ample room for backcasting if you fish the fly.
Usually very quiet, the lake also offers picnic tables around its banks with ample parking. Open from mid April until mid October.

Prices are very reasonable, permits are available from the mairie or bar in the local village of La Chapelle Montbrandeix with no other permit needed.

GORRE LAKE: Just 10 minutes away from our gite you will find this lake at Gorre. Sitting next to a 13th century church, the lake is regularly stocked with carp ranging between 1lb to 6 lb. Fishing is any method and you can take a couple to eat if you wish.......... Day tickets are available, full or half a day. Great sport on coarse or fly tackle. Normally open March - October.

LA MORDOREE RESERVOIR: A 2 hectare fly only stillwater stocked with many species of trout and black bass in a quiet
corner of the Charente just 40 mins drive from our gite. Fly fishing only into 15 metres of clear water. There is a pedalo available and float tubing is allowed.
You'll see browns, rainbows, blues, and golden trout. Black bass patrol the margins with few coarse fish too. In all this fishery makes for an interesting day out. It fishes best in autumn as during the summer the fish tend to stay well down near the spring inlet at the bottom of the lake.

BUSSIERE GALLANT: Just 20 mins drive away from us you will find the Plan D'eau at Bussiere Gallant.
This is a free to fish ( as long as you have a licence) water. Essentially stocked with coarse fish, having carp up to 12lb + , perch and others. This is a category 1 water.

ST MATHIEU LAKE: The lake is just 10 mins from us. This is a mixed water where although we have never seen trout, perch, chub and carp to a good size have been spotted. A 14 hectare lake with artificial beach and lots of small bays to explore. Depth varies from 1 metre or so to over 5 metres.
There is a wooden cabin there servings snacks and drinks.

If you would like any further information please click Margaret & Keith to e -mail us.

La Vue, Tamisac, 87150, Champagnac-La-Riviere, France.