But if you like trout fishing, do think ahead as you would need
to book from around the middle to end of March up until around the first week of
September, as this is only time you are allowed to fish for trout in France.
In certain areas of France, salmon fishing is prohibited all year, so it is always best to
check on the area you are going, prior to thinking that you will be able to get a licence
for fly fishing, just like that.
And you must have a fishing licence to fish in rivers, streams and lakes throughout France
unless these are privately owned or booked as a fishing holiday with all holiday licence
A fishing licence can usually be obtained from the local fishing tackle shop or
alternatively from the local bar or tobac.
There are numerous different regulations as to what type of fish you can catch, when you
are allowed to catch certain species of fish and what equipment you are allowed to fish
For some, this can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are not fluent in French, and
although in some areas it will be easier than others to organise your fishing venue and
licence, it is often easier to pre-organise your fishing holiday, rather than sorting this
out on the day.
When it comes to catfish and carp fishing, you can get a licence to do this in the local
rivers, but the majority of people will want to opt for a carp fishing holiday on a
dedicated lake. And when you go to a dedicated lake for carp fishing, cat fishing,
etc, then you will not have to worry about getting your own individual licence as this
will already have either been sorted out by the travel agency or the owner under their
Also, night fishing is prohibited in a lot of different places in France, but when on a
private fishing lake, or if with the correct licence on certain waters, this can be
allowed. If not, then you can only fish half hour after sunrise to half hour before
But did you realise that there are some fish that have been classified as 'vermin' and
must not be put back into the water? In fact, they must not be transported and must
be killed, otherwise you could end up with a fine! This is yet another reason why it
is sometimes best to arrange your fishing holiday or excursions prior to arriving in