Fishing and Angling in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais

Information on fishing, angling and the permits required for the fresh water rivers, lakes and dams of Picardy, as well as sea fishing in the Channel. Information includes contacts for local fishing associations...

With thousands of kilometres of waterways, lakes and coastline to choose from, Picardy offers coarse fishing and fly-fishing as well as sea fishing.

River and Lake Fishing

Fish found in the fresh waters of Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais include carp, salmon, grayling, zander, eel, char, pike and rainbow trout. The sport is strictly policed for ecological reasons and all restrictions must be adhered to.

Sea Fishing

The coastal waters contain herring, turbot and plaice among others.

Fishing Seasons

Open seasons vary for the two fishing categories from year to year. They also differ from region to region. The seasons are normally announced at the start of a year and may begin any time from early spring and end in autumn.

Details of the season are published in local newspapers and are available from the town hall.

The Fédération Nationale de la Pêche also publishes the dates on its website as soon as they become available.

  • For this year's fishing season dates: Click here (in French)

Local Fishing Spots

The Comité Departemental du Calais Tourism Office has information on places to fish in the area, including links and contact information.

  • For further information on fishing in Calais: Click here

The website of the Tourism Office of the Comité Departemental de l'Oise provides information on fishing schools and stocked fishing ponds.

  • For information on fishing in Oise: Click here (in French)

The Comité du Tourisme de la Somme website has information on where to go fishing in the department which includes fishing spots accessible to those with reduced mobility.

  • For information on local fishing spots from the Comité du Tourisme de la Somme: Click here

Local Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais Fishing Associations

The Fédération Nationale de la Pêche en France has regional offices in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, which provide information about local fishing, as well as maps, clubs and rules: