A little geographic's explanation
Each department sets its rules and laws on fishing.
- The department is an administrative division of France :
France is divided into 101 county called "departments" (five are located overseas).
Each department is divided into township.
- A township is usually the territory of a portion of a city, an entire city, a group of towns, village or cluster of villages.
- The first two caracters of a township's post code is the number of his departement
For instance : 75001 to 75020 = Paris, 69000 = Lyon, 71680 = Crêches Sur Saône
The management of rivers in France is very complex.
Where there are lake or rivers on its territory, a township is required to manage it.
Generaly the township give this mangement to a local "AAPPMA" : "Association approved contractor for the Protection of Fisheries and Aquatic Environment".
There are 4167 AAPPMA who managed about 2.1 million anglers.
- The first category, river or lake dominated salmonid fish. Fishing with one rod.
- The second category, all the rest. Fishing with four rods fitted maximum of two hooks at the most.
Within each category, there are two classifications of water:
- Public Domain, free access to holders of fishing permits.
- Private domain, access is restricted to holders of fishing permits specific to that place.
Some departments are called "réciprocitaires". They give the right to fish in all departments adhering to such reciprocity.
- The are 2 main reciprocity areas :
- Green & blue = EGHO
- White = URNE
- If you have a license for one area, you can't fish in the other
- The price for an area is about 15-20 euros + department's fishing licence (68euros) = about 85 euros
For about 68 euros you have a fishing license :
- for the departement where you bought it : 1 rod in the 1st catagory water and 4 rods in the 2nd category
- * for fishing in all France in the 2nd public domain category water with 1 rod
For about 85 euros you have a fishing licence "reciprocity":
- for the departement where you bought it and all the department adhering in the reciprocity : 1 rod in the 1st catagory water and 4 rods in the 2nd category
- for fishing in all othes departements in the 2nd public domain category water with 1 rod
If you buy your fishing license (including the reciprocity "EGHO") by the Aappma "L'Arloise", for 85 euros, you can fish in 70 french departments
How to fish in France ?
Go to the website of the French fishing federation (clik here)
How to fish in Saône-et-Loire department ?
Guide translated into English : fishing in the "Saône et Loire"