In the Haute-Vienne there are 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.
is a retired STANIC instructor and has fished most of the
A full years licence to fish most of France costs around €88,00
and enables the holder to fish 1st and 2nd category waters.
This amount varies a little between departments.
To see the official fishing site for Departement 87 Limousin
in French, take a look here.
is a distinction between 1st and 2nd Category Lakes and rivers
1st (Premiere) Category Lakes and Rivers are predominantly
inhabited by game fish. Season mid March - mid 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 costs around the same amount.
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. 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 local lakes and rivers you will find Trout, Chub,
Carp, Pike, Zander, Perch, Shad and other species.
ST MATHIEU LAKE:
This is a mixed water where trout are stocked early
in the season. Perch, chub and carp to a good size
have also 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.
Category 1, so only open from mid March until mid
Vienne is a beautiful river, mostly slow flowing and
picturesque which runs eventually into the River Loire.
Vienne is a category 2 river so can be fished all
year long. It offers deep slow stretches, fishable
from the banks, or you can wade easily towards the
weir at Aixe sur Vienne from late spring until late
autumn, depending on river levels of course. The river
has produced good chub and roach, both on fly tackle
throughout the summer.
TOUVRE: We have
been told about this category 1 river by
some friendly French flyfishermen who have bought
tackle from us. Although open from early March they
tend to wait until mid May to fish the water when
wading is permitted. Dry fly is favoured by them.
Brown trout as well as chub can be found in this river.
We have been told that the river is very picturesque,
although not easy to fish - a challenge awaits....................
have various access points to the River Tardoire.
A 1st category river. A small brook for the most part
with all of the features that you would expect from
a small stream. It is stocked with beautiful brown
trout early in the season by local fishing clubs.
Although tricky to fish with the fly for the most
part, there are a few clear areas where you can cast
to the trout.
LA MORDOREE RESERVOIR:
A 2 hectare stillwater stocked with many species of
trout and black bass in a quiet corner of the Charente.
Fly fishing into 15 metres of clear water. 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. Open all year and no permit needed