Enjoy fishing in the Sud-Vienne-Poitou, a region that will never cease to amaze!
The Sud-Vienne-Poitou landscape is characterised by the pervasiveness of nature and water. Rivers, lakes and ponds are unavoidable and make the Sud-Vienne-Poitou an ideal place for fishing!
This unspoilt area is crossed by several rivers: the Clouère, the Vienne, the Gartempe, the Benaize, etc. Differences in the rate of flow, and the high quality of the protected waters in these rivers allows many fish species to be present.
The river Vienne, for example, is a very well-known Category 2 river. Its flow is relatively consistent, as several dams are located along its course: those of La Roche and Jousseau in Millac and that of Chardes in L'Isle Jourdain.
Its meanders give fishermen the opportunity to encounter carnivorous fish such as pikeperch, pike and perch.
The river Gartempe (Category 2) is wilder and rockier, which makes it perfect for fly fishing. The presence of large rocks create the impression of waterfalls in some places and attract various species such as the brown trout, the sea lamprey,the great shad, mullet, bream, etc.
This river is classified as a "migratory river" and is more suitable for experienced fishermen.
As for fishermen who prefer fishing in lakes, there are plenty to choose from throughout the region, for example in the municipalities of Civaux, Lussac-les-Châteaux, Persac, Saint-Martin-l'Ars, La Chapelle-Viviers or Bourg-Archambault.
Competition fishermen can target the Villedon lake or the international course in the natural setting of Availles-Limouzine, which attracts many fishermen.
There is fishing to suit everyone in the rivers of the Sud-Vienne-Poitou, whether as a solitary or a family activity, or with an instructor.
These rivers are open to everyone: tourists, first-timers, passionate carp enthusiasts, amateurs and regular summer visitors to our region, for example.
Fishing tourism is one of the Sud-Vienne-Poitou’s real assets; accommodation and sites suited to this activity are being developed.
The Floating Village on the Ponteil lake in Pressac is also perfect for this leisure activity.
For more information, including where to buy fishing permits:
La Fédération Départementale de la Pêche +33 (0)549 376660 www.peche86.fr
Fishing permits are issued at the reception desks in Vienne and Gartempe Tourist Information Offices.