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Cavagnac, 46110, France
Telephone UK:       +44 (0)1442 833619
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Fishing on the Dordogne River

The Dordogne River

Dordogne is one of the most famous and picturesque regions in France and offers wonderful opportunities for fishing. In places the Dordogne River is only 6.5 miles from Le Duc. (See the map on the left).
From Argentat to Beaulieu (about 20 miles away) is the cleanest part of the river, and is where you can fish for grayling, there are also trout in this part of the river. From Beaulieu the river is also clean and is fast flowing, and except in spate, relatively shallow, therefore Fishing is most often done from the bank or by wading. This is also a good part of the river for trout, particularly in the evening when there is less activity on the river. 
  • Grayling: The grayling season is from 13th March to 21st November inclusive.
  • Pike: The Pike season is from the 3rd Saturday in April to the last Sunday in January. Pike under 50cms are to be returned to the river.
  • Salmon: Salmon fishing is not allowed on the Dordogne.
  • Sea Trout: Sea Trout fishing is not allowed on the Dordogne
  • Shad: From mid May to Mid June.
  • Trout: The season opens on the 2nd Saturday of March and closes on the 3rd Sunday of September. Fish under 25 cms must be returned to the water alive. You have the right to take 6 fish per person per day but fish stocks of the wild fish are unsustainable at this level so a policy of no kill is encouraged and appreciated.
  • Zander: The season is from the 2nd Saturday in May to the 3rd Saturday in January.
Fishing Permits
Always remember to check the fishing seasons for the fish in which you are interested and don't forget to buy a fishing permit or "Carte de Pêche". Rivers are patrolled by gendarms and by gaurdians de pêche to ensure that anglers have one. "The Carte de Pêche de Vacances" is valid for 15 consecutive days and currently costs about 28 Euro's, this can be used between 1st June and 30th November. After 30th November and before the 1st June an annual permit is obligatory. This currently costs about 60 Euro's though prices may vary from department to department. It may be used for the whole year but only in one department. You can add another 45 departments by purchasing a stamp costing about 16 Euro's. This is the stamp of the Clulb Halieutique.

Please note:
Fishing seasons change slightly every year
For fresh water fishing you will need a permit.
Fishing is allowed during the season only from half an hour before dawn to half an hour after sunset.
"A" = Le Duc Gites
"B" = Dordogne River
links to more information
The above information was compiled from "dordogne-dordogne.com" "sportfish.co.uk" & "Federation Peche Dordogne"
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Fishing Seasons on the River Dordogne
We have a local English speaking guide/fisherman available, Philippe, who can accompany you and suggest the best locations to fish the Dordogne River, arrange any permits required and update you about the local rules and regulations.
Reasonable charges apply that are payable directly to the local guide.