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Fishing in Creuse - Information

Fishing Licences in the Creuse

If neccessary fishing permits can be obtained on behalf of our visitors, please contact us on +33 (0)5 55 62 40 27 for further information.

  • Complete Fishing Licence - Fishing permitted in the 2nd category with 4 lines and in 1st category with 1 line on river and 2 lines on stretches of water. [Price 2003: 55.50 € (364.06 F)].
  • Licence with Reduced Taxes 1 - Fishing permitted only in the 2nd category with 4 lines (except fly, carafe, rod-and-reel fishing, bait, shrimp net). [Price 2003: 43 € (282.06 F)].
  • Licence with Reduced Taxes 2 - This is an additional supplement to the Licence with Reduced Taxes 1 which enables the same fishing permissions as the Complete Fishing Licence. [Price 2003: 12.50 € (81.99 F)].
  • Young Persons Licence - Fishing with the same permissions as the Complete Fishing Licence for persons under 16 years old. [Price 2003: 24 € (157.43 F)].
  • Holidays Licence - Fishing permitted with the same conditions as the Complete Fishing Licence between the 1st of June and the 30th of September included throughout 15 consecutive days starting from the delivery date. [Price 2003: 30 € (196.79 F)].
  • Daily Licence - Fishing permitted for one day but it is only granted by a member of the A.A.P.P.M. (Certified Fishing Association). [Price 2003: 10 € (65.60 F)].
  • Halieutic Club Tax - This allows owners of the Complete Fishing Licence, member of the Halieutic Club, to fish in other departements who share this agreement. [Price 2003: 15 € (98.39 F)].
Fishing Opening Periods

The fishing periods for 2004 are defined in the table below:

Species
First Category
Second Category
Size
Trout, Char, Fountain Salmon
13 March to 19 September
23cm
Grayling
15 May to 19 September
15 May to 31 December
30cm
Pike
13 March to 19 September
1-25 January and 8 May to 31 December
50cm in Second Category
Zander
13 March to 19 September
1 January to 31 December
40cm in Second Category
Black Bass
13 March to 19 September
1 January to 31 December
23cm in Second Category
Atlantic salmon, Sea trout
Not Permitted

Fishing Regulations

  • Second Category Stretches of Water and Dams - When pike fishing is not permitted (27January to 9 May) fishing with bai (dead, alive or artificial), with spoon and other lures (excluding an artificial fly) is not permitted except in the Chézelles Hydroelectric Reservoir.
  • Second Category Rivers - When pike fishing is not permitted 27January to 9 May) fishing with bai (dead, alive or artificial), with spoon and other lures (excluding an artificial fly) is authorised for brown trout, between 8 March to 9 May.
  • First Category Maggot Fishing - This is forbidden in the rivers.
  • Navigation - On the Age, the Chézelles and Champsanglard Dams, boats propelled by electric motors are authorised. Fishing with a seine is not permitted as well as using an echo sounder on a boat.
  • Night Fishing - Carp fishing at night is authorised in the Champsanglard Dam but only by reservation which can be made at the Departmental Fishing Federation who can inform you of methods to be used (00 33 (0)5 55 52 24 70).
Fishing Categories
  • First Category - Fishing is permitted from March to September. This category shelters a chief characteristic salmon species including some beautiful specimens of brown trouts (autochton stocks ), in particular in the sparkling rivers of the departement. The grayling is also present, but only in some rivers (legal size: 30cm). In the First Category, fishing is permitted only with one fishing rod, except in the reservoirs where an exemption applies and allows fishing with two rods.
  • Second Category - Fishing is is permitted all year round except the when specified for certain species (see table above). These waters shelter a chief characteristic "cyprinidés" species. Maximum number of fishing rods permitted is four.

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