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
is a distinction between 1st and 2nd Category Lakes and rivers in
(Premiere) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited by
game fish. Season mid March - end Sept
(Deuxieme) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly inhabited by
coarse fish. Season, mostly all year
holiday licence is now available. More information on permits can
be found at www.cartedepeche.fr
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.
now offer coarse and fly fishing tackle hire on a daily or weekly
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.
opposite taken on the River Vienne at Aixe sur Vienne about
20 mins from our base here.
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
are very reasonable, permits are available from the mairie
or bar in the local village of La Chapelle Montbrandeix
with no other permit needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.