ON YOUR DOORSTEP
The local branch of the AAPPMA (Association of Accredited Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Protection) is called "The Guerdèche Trimouillaise". It is affiliated with the Fédération Nationale Pêche and manages around 100km of river banks throughout the canton of La Trimouille, as well as those in the commune of Béthines.
The main rivers around La Trimouille are the Benaize, the Asse, the Narablon and the Salleron. They are all second category rivers. The Gorchon and the Vairon belong to the first category rivers. The River Asse flows into the Vienne Département at La Lande and flows out at Brigueil le Chantre. This stretch of the River Asse and the entire circuit of the Gorchon are subject to a no-kill trout policy and there are plenty of signs to remind you of this rule.
Throughout all second category rivers, almost all fish species are represented. These include roach, tench, carp, bleak, minnow and stud as well as predatory fish such as perch, pike and bass. In recent years catfish have colonised the River Benaize.
Before the trout fishing season opens in April, many rivers and tributaries are generously re-stocked with trout so the best trout fishing is to be had from April to June. Two pike spawning seasons during the year produce between 1500 and 2000 young pike.
All you need to do to get fishing in and around La Trimouille is to buy a fishing licence (carte de pêche). There are various licences available according to the length of time required and the type of fishing practiced. There are five distributors of fishing permits in the canton of La Trimouille: La Trimouille - G. Brunet (Salon de coiffure), 6 place de la Liberté and Presse-Tabac-Fleurs, J. Mazou, 8 rue Octave Bernard; Journet - Restaurant chez Dom; Brigueil - Epicerie Boulangerie chez Bastard; Béthines - Restaurant chez Boiché. The permit comes with a practical guide highlighting fishing circuits and giving useful practical information.
All the owners of the river banks are perfectly accepting of fishermen, providing a permit has been purchased. La Guerdèche Trimouillaise itself owns a two kilometre stretch of land along the banks of the River Benaize. This spot is called the "Espace Pêche" and can be found five kilometres east of La Trimouille, on the road towards Lussac-les-Chateaux, just after the village of Saint-Pierre.
Longère Louise has the advantage of being situated right on the south-western edge of La Brenne National Park. La Brenne encompases a wide variety of natural habitats and its southern reaches include the River l'Anglin and the River Creuse and their tributaries.
This is a landscape of valleys and forests with a wide variety of environments. Its rivers have shaped the winding valleys, a very natural environment punctuated with the typical rambling villages of the area.
Fishing is allowed in the rivers and lakes of La Brenne, as long as certain rules are kept. La Brenne is home to eight fishing circuits. The River Creuse is suitable for all types of fishing and the species to be found include: chub, bleak, dace, tout, roach, bream, gudgeon, minnow, perch and pike. Catfish are also to be found downstream and there are many carp night fishing spots. The fishing circuits here are at Bénavant, Le Blanc, Tournon, Rivarennes and St Gaultier.
The River Anglin is a second category river downstream of its confluence with the Abloux and a first category river upstream. It is a smaller river than the Creuse but still offers an impressive variety of species. The fishing circuits are at Bélâbre and Prissac.
The Claisse is a second category river and feeds many of La Brenne's lakes. The Claisse is home to white fish, perch and pike. Catfish of up to 60kg have been found here. The fishing circuit is at Martizay.
The Abloux, the Allemette, the Brion and the Son are all tributaries of the River l'Anglin and the River Creuse. These stretches of river are first category and are dedicated to trout fishing. The fishing circuit is in Prissac.
Visit La Brenne National Park to download a very informative guide to all this beautiful natural environment has to offer.
ALL INFORMATION AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF LA TRIMOUILLE TOURISM,
PLEASE VISIT THEIR INFORMATIVE SITES FOR MORE ON LOCAL FISHING.