The fishing license and control booklet
Daily, weekly and monthly fishing licenses can be ordered directly online, at the prefecture, tourist offices or shops fishing material.
To obtain an annual permit one must obtain a competency certificate of SaNa
, follow a course and succeed an exam. Annual permits may be obtained at the prefecture.
Any holder of a recreational fishing license must sign his fishing booklet. It is required to enroll in indelible ink any catch with its weight. The booklet must be returned to the responsible fishing department, no later than April 30 of the following year for annual permits and for monthly or daily permits no later than 8 days after the expiry of the validity of this authorization.
Fishing with a single line having a fixed float and a single hook is permitted without a license. A child under 14 years of age child, fishing one line, 'à la gambe' and droplining exerted from the shore or with the same gear from a boat, does not need a permit under the condition he/she is accompanied by a fishing license holder.
Rods and hooks
It is permitted to use up to three lines per license holder. These lines can not be provided over 6 hooks each. However, they can be replaced by a single line with a maximum of 18 hooks. The hook can measure up to 20 mm between the tip and the shaft for single hooks and 15 mm for other type of hooks, with or without a barb.
Fishing à la gambe is prohibited from May 1 to May 25, during teh spawning period of perch.
Minimal sizes of catches
The size of the fish is measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the caudal fin normally deployed.
The fish listed below can be captured only if they have achieved the following minimum size:
Trouts (Salmo trutta)
Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus)
Whitefish (Coregonus sp.)
Pike (Esox lucius)
Perch (Perca fluviatilis)
Any perch captured by line by recreational fishermen should be retained and can not be returned to the water, even if its size is less than 15 cm.
To enable the verification by an agent, the fisherman is not allowed to cut the head or tail of the fish that he caught before arriving at his home.
Fishing for the following species is prohibited
• European white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes)
• European red-clawed crayfish (Astacus astacus)
• Grayling (Thymallus thymallus)
The protection periods for spawning
The fishing of the species listed below is prohibited during these periods of protection:
• Salmonidae: trouts (Salmo trutta), Arctic chars (Salvelinus alpinus) and Whitefish (Coregonus sp.) :
- from 1er January 2016 au 16 January 2016
- from 17 October 2016 au 14 January 2017
- from 16 October 2017 au 13 January 2018
- from 15 October 2018 au 12 January 2019
- from 14 October 2019 au 11 January 2020
- from 19 October 2020 au 31 December 2020
• Pike (Esox lucius): from 1 April till 20 April
• Perch (Perca fluviatilis) : from 1 May till 25 May.
All fish caught during the period of protection should be immediately and carefully returned to the water.
Maximum number of catch
Fishermen practicing free fishing and licensed recreational fishermen are allowed to catch up to the following maxima:
•8 trouts per day and 200 per year;
•8 arctic chars per day and 200 per year;
•10 whitefish per day and 250 per year;
•100 perches per day;
•5 pikes per day.
Allowed fishing hours
Recreational fishermen can fish from half an hour before sunrise till half an hour after sunset.