Whether you’re fishing on your own or with your friends, family or children, there’s an option for you:
> Recreational fishing: for white fish (carp, bleak, roach, tench, shad etc.) in the great rivers or vast lakes that irrigate the countryside of gently rolling hills and valleys. Best spots: the Rivers Garonne, Tarn and Lot, the lakes of the Lévézou (including the almost legendary Lac de Pareloup), and also the lakes of Gers (including Marciac and Miélan) and Tarn et Garonne.
> Game fishing: for big predators (pike, catfish, zander, perch, etc.) in our major rivers and lakes. Best spots: the Rivers Lot, Garonne, Tarn and Aveyron, and not forgetting the Canal du Midi.
> Mountain fishing: for salmonids (trout, salmon, freshwater char, etc.) in the region’s fast-flowing mountain rivers and tarns. Best spots: the rivers of the Aubrac, Carladez and Ségala, the Dourbie and Aveyron Gorges, the Rivers Dordogne, Tarn and Agoût and the upper reaches of the Garonne, and the mountain torrents and lakes of the Pyrenees (the Gave de Pau, Neste, Pique, Lac d’Oô, Lac de Payolle, Lac de Soulcem, Lac de Bassiès, etc.).
As long as you obtain a compulsory fishing licence, you can try your luck on the banks of a rushing mountain river or camp on the shore of a magnificent mountain lake for a spot of category 1 fishing (for salmonids) or, if you prefer, head for lazy rivers and calm lake waters for category 2 fishing (where you’ll find roach and big predators).
You can get a fishing licence from the website of the Fédération Nationale de la Pêche en France