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Fishing spots

It’s up to you to choose your best fishing spot depending on what you like: pond fishing, river fishing, fishing routes, lakes and dams, etc.

Vassivière predator fishing spot

Vassivière Lake, classified in the 2nd category, ideally located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Millevaches in Limousin is undoubtedly the kingdom of predators. 1000 hectares of water, a jagged shore offering multiple quiet coves, a water depth of up to 30 meters, fishing instructors, well-distributed launches, dedicated accommodation … all conditions come together to optimize your fishing session.

Traditional landing or lure fishing, from the shore, in a boat or in a float tube, all techniques are possible in an exceptional landscaped setting. Each year, it is the scene of record fish catches. A vast, responsible and sustainable fish and fishery development plan has been initiated in order to place Vassivière  Lake as one of the five best French lake predator fishing spots. So … take a bite of the Vassivière hook!

Leisure Trout Course

The Creuse Fishing Federation sets up recreational fishing routes, intended more for beginners, but which may also be suitable for experienced fishermen. Designed with the AAPPMAs of the sectors concerned, they complete the departmental network of fishing sites. The number of catches is limited to 6 salmonids per day and per fisher (brown trout, rainbow trout, brook salmon, grayling).

  • “Le Pont du pont” course (2nd category) in Bétête and Genouillac
    Circuit length = 3.5 km
  • “Le Moulin du Breuil” course (2nd category) at Pionnat
    Circuit length = 600 m
  • “Le Pont de la Chassagne” course (2nd category) in Bourganeuf
    Circuit length = 1 km
  • “La Tardes” course (2nd category) in Chambon / Voueize
    Circuit length = 900 m
  • Parcours « La Creuse »(1ère catégorie) à Aubusson
    Circuit length = 500 m
  • “La Gartempe” course (1st category) in Grand Bourg
    Circuit length = 900 m
  • “La Sédelle” route (1st category) in Crozant
    Circuit length = 1100 m

No Kill Course

(Return the fish to the water)

Establishment of a network of so-called “No Kill” or pardon routes meeting common regulations: fishing without killing with compulsory release of fish (except unwanted species), use of live or dead fish prohibited, fishing barbless or with crushed barbs, fishing basket prohibited on the courses, use of the landing net recommended.

  • “La Gioune” course Pont de Gioux
    Circuit length = 3,5 km
  • “Le Pic” Tourtoulloux route
    Circuit length = 3 km
  • “Le Thaurion” course La Rigole du Diable
    Circuit length = 2,5 km
  • “Le Verraux” route Le Moneyroux, Clugnat
    Circuit length = 1,5 km
  • “La Creuse” and “La Beauze” Aubusson route
    Circuit length = 1km
  • Route “La Gartempe” La Chapelle Taillefert – Saint Victor
    Circuit length = 1,5 km
  • Bonlieu “La Tardes” route (Saint Domet, Peyrat la Nonière)
    Circuit length = 3 km

Pond fishing

Numerous private or communal ponds allow the practice of fishing by taking a card for the day or half-day.

Consult the sites www.etangs-creusois.fr and www.peche.etangs-creusois.fr on which you will find detailed information on the possibilities of fishing in ponds belonging to the Syndicate of Owners of Etangs Creusois.

Wild Rivers Site Label

In France, only 21 rivers are labeled “Wild Rivers Site” and the Creuse department has 2: La Gioune and Le Pic.

This label is only awarded * to rivers with very high heritage value and which are in an exceptional state of preservation. These two rivers of around ten kilometers meander on the Millevaches plateau on the Gioux side for the first and Saint-Pardoux-Morterolles for the second.

They present characteristic mid-mountain waters, bright and crystalline, and are remarkable for their natural beauty and landscape. They conceal an important biodiversity (sites classified Natura 2000) and are to be discovered, for example, through the course of hiking trails, respecting, of course, nature and private property.

* label awarded by AFNOR certification and European Rivers Network (ERN F)