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La pêche au Pays Basque, pêcher dans les Landes

Fishing in the Landes and the Basque Country

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FRESH WATER & COARSE FISHING

THE LANDES department has 11,000 acres of lakes and ponds, 600 km of waterways second class, 1,600 km of streams and rivers of the first category and 150km of coastline on the Atlantic.

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In the rivers, you can fish for 'goujons', 'ablettes', 'gardons', carp, pike and eels, trout and silures, and for the more experienced anglers, there are also the migrant species like 'alose', 'lamproie', salmon' and mulets in season.
Night fishing for carp and fly fishing are authorized at certain times every year.

In the lakes, perch, tench, pike, black-bass and 'sandre' are common.

THE PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES has more than 3000 Kilometers of rivers and streams, often called "Nives" and "Gaves" locally. 1st Category rivers have salmon, trout both wild and farmed, fario and sea trout. 2nd category rivers have carnivores, carp and white fish.

In the lowland lakes, you can fish for the carnivores, carp and white fish.
500 ha are navigable and allow carp fishing at night.

In the mountain lakes, Fario, Brook trout and Arctic char abound.

Fishing permits are required at all times and can be bought for just a day.

SEA FISHING FROM THE SHORE

Surf-casting is practiced all along the coast, depending on the tides and swell, as well as fishing for  sole, sea bream, turbot and bar from the rocks and harbour walls.

Permits are not needed for fishing in the sea, but it is absolutely forbidden to sell anything you catch.


SEA FISHING ON BOATS (details +)

Here are some towns with rivers.
Click on the map for information, some rivers & lakes are shown with photos.

Azur
Etang de Soustons
Bayonne
Adour
Bayonne
Nive
Capbreton
Hossegor
Dax
Adour
Hendaye
Bidassoa
Messanges
Lakes
Labenne
Bourdigau
Leon
Lake
Leon
Trout Farm
Moliets
Lakes
Seignosse
Lakes
Saint Paul les dax
Lake
St. Jean de Luz
Ciboure
Soustons
Vieux Boucau,
Vielle
St. Girons Lake
  • Aire Sur L'Adour - on the Adour
  • Argeles Gazost - on lake and Gave de Pau
  • Arudy - Gave d'Ossau (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout)
  • Auch - on the Gers
  • Bagneres de Bigorre - on the Adour
  • Bidarry - River Nive (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Bidache - on the lake
  • Cambo les Bains - River Nive (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Espelette - River Nive (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Iholdy - River Bidouze (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Laruns - Gave d'Ossau (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout) and in mountain lakes
  • Lourdes - on Gave de Pau and lake
  • Mauleon - Gave de Saison (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Navarrenx - on Gave d'Oloron (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout)
  • Nay Bourdettes - on Gave de Pau (1st Grade - Trout)
  • Oloron-Sainte-Marie - on Gave d'Oloron (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout) - Salmon ladder
  • Orthez - on lake and Gave de Pau
  • Pau - on Gave de Pau
  • Peyrehorade - on the Adour, Gave de Pau and Gave d'Oloron (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout)
  • Riscle - on the Adour
  • Sauveterre de Bearn - on Gave d'Oloron and Gave de Saison (1st Grade - Salmon & Trout)
  • Saint Jean Pied de Port - River Nive (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Saint Lary Soulon - numerous natural lakes in surrounding mountains
  • Saint Palais - River Bidouze (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Saint Pee sur Nivelle - on the River Nivelle & lake
  • Saint Sever - on Adour and lake
  • Tarnos - on the lake
  • Urt - on the Adour
  • Ustaritz - River Nive (1st Grade - Salmon and Trout)
  • Vic en Bigorre - on the Adour