Fishing in France


Welcome to France, a country renowned for its picturesque landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and world-class cuisine. But did you know that France is also a paradise ...

Welcome to France, a country renowned for its picturesque landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and world-class cuisine. But did you know that France is also a paradise for fishing enthusiasts? With its diverse range of waterways and seas, including the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and numerous lakes and rivers, France offers a plethora of opportunities for sport fishing.

With its beautiful landscapes, varied fishing opportunities, and rich cultural heritage, France is a must-visit destination for sport fishing enthusiasts. So pack your rods and reels and get ready for an unforgettable fishing adventure in the heart of Europe.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in France


6 26,25 ft

Le Carbet, Martinique (MQUE)

From $482
Deposit non-refundable


3 26,25 ft

Moorea, Moorea (POFR)

From $750
Deposit non-refundable

Her du Large II

4 19,69 ft

Le Lavandou, French Riviera (FR)

From $455
Deposit non-refundable


3 19,69 ft

Parcieux, France (FR)

From $267
Deposit non-refundable


4 16,40 ft

Roches de Condrieu, France (FR)

From $267
Deposit non-refundable

Cap Camarat

2 19,69 ft

Port d' Yvoire, France (FR)

From $321
Deposit non-refundable

Veni Vidi Fishi

6 32,81 ft

Bouillante, (Guada)

From $964
Deposit non-refundable

Bleu Camargue

10 39,37 ft

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France (FR)

From $139
Deposit non-refundable

Olphi Nui

4 29,53 ft

Tahiti, Tahiti (POFR)

From $900
Deposit non-refundable

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If you're a fan of sea fishing, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea are both great destinations to explore. In the Atlantic, you can fish for a variety of species, including sea bass, bluefin tuna, cod, pollock and flounder. The Mediterranean, on the other hand, offers the chance to catch dentex, amberjack, and bluefin tuna. With picturesque coastal towns and villages, these regions also offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

For those who prefer freshwater fishing, France has a diverse range of lakes and rivers that are teeming with fish. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned angler, you'll find plenty of opportunities to catch carp, pike, perch, trout, and more.

Top sport fishing species in France


The fishing seasons in France vary depending on the species of fish and the location where you plan to fish. Here's a brief overview of the fishing seasons in France for sea fishing and freshwater fishing:

When is the best time for sea fishing in France?

In France, sea fishing is allowed year-round, but the fishing seasons vary depending on the species of fish. Here are some of the common fish species that can be caught off the coasts of France and their fishing seasons:

  • Sea bass: sea bass can be caught all year round, but the best season is from May to September. During winter sea bass are harder to catch, but the specimens you catch use to be bigger.

  • Bluefin tuna: the bluefin tuna season is from May to November, with the peak season being from July to October.

  • Squid: squid can be caught from September to November.

  • Swordfish: swordfish season is from July to September. Swordfish is a rare catch, so you'll need a lot of patience to hook one.

What is the best fishing season for freshwater fishing?

In France, the freshwater seasons vary depending on the region and the species of fish. Here are some of the common fish species that can be caught in French freshwater and their fishing seasons:

  • Trout: the trout season typically runs from mid-March to mid-September, with some variations depending on the region.

  • Pike: pike fishing is allowed year-round, but the best season is from April to June and from Septembre to November. During Summer time, pike are active early morning and towards the evening.

  • Carp: carp fishing is allowed year-round, but the best season is from late March to June and from September to early November. When the water gets too warm, the carp fishing is really slow due to lack of oxigen in the water. Also, many lakes have heavy weed grow which makes carp fishing during summer harder.

  • Perch: the perch season runs from May to September.


France is a country that is full of incredible sights and experiences that are sure to delight visitors of all ages and interests. Here are seven of the most exciting touristic venues you can't miss if you go to France:

  1. Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and an unmistakable symbol of Paris. It offers stunning panoramic views of the city from its observation decks and is a must-visit attraction for any first-time visitor to France.

  2. Louvre Museum: The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and one of the most visited attractions in France. It houses an incredible collection of art and artifacts from around the world, including Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa.

  3. Mont Saint-Michel: This stunning medieval island commune located in Normandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of France's most visited attractions. Its towering Gothic abbey and picturesque streets are a testament to the country's rich history.

  4. Palace of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles was once the seat of power for the French monarchy and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its opulent Baroque architecture, sprawling gardens, and rich history.

  5. French Riviera: The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur, is a glamorous stretch of coastline that is home to some of France's most popular destinations, including Nice, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez. Visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, luxury shopping, and exquisite cuisine.

  6. Bordeaux Wine Region: The Bordeaux region is known for producing some of the world's finest wines and is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts. Visitors can tour vineyards, taste local wines, and learn about the history and culture of the region.

  7. Gorges du Verdon: This stunning natural wonder is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Europe" and is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. The gorge offers breathtaking views, hiking trails, and opportunities for kayaking and rafting.

These are just a few of the many incredible sights and experiences that France has to offer. With its rich history, diverse landscapes, and world-class cuisine, it's no wonder that France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.


In France, the fishing license is known as "carte de pêche." This license is mandatory for anyone who wants to fish in French freshwater or saltwater. The license is valid for one calendar year, from January 1st to December 31st, and it must be renewed annually.

The carte de pêche can be obtained online through the official website of the French Fishing Federation or from authorized sellers, such as fishing shops or tourist offices. The cost of the license varies depending on the duration and the type of fishing you plan to do.

The carte de pêche is available in several different categories, depending on the type of fishing you plan to do and the area where you plan to fish. Some categories include:

  • "Vacances" (holiday) license: This license is valid for 7 consecutive days and is intended for tourists or occasional anglers who want to fish during their vacation.

  • "Personne majeure" (adult) license: This license is intended for adults over 18 years old who want to fish regularly in freshwater or saltwater.

  • "Découverte Femme" (discovery woman) license: This license is intended for women who want to try fishing for the first time and is valid for one day.

  • "Jeune" (youth) license: This license is intended for children and teenagers under 18 years old who want to fish in freshwater or saltwater.

It's important to note that the carte de pêche regulations can change frequently, so it's always a good idea to check with local authorities or fishing associations to ensure that you have the proper license and are fishing within the legal limits.

If you are fishing with a fishing charter in France, the fishing license ir normally included in the price of the trip.

Frequently asked questions about fishing in France

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in France are:
Her du Large II

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in France can accommodate up to 12 passangers, although most charters are for 5 people.

Typically in a charter in France, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

On average, the prices for a fishing trip in France are around $156 per hour. However, prices can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trip, the size of the boat, and the number of people. For shorter fishing trips and smaller boats, prices can start as low as $268 for 9 hours and 3 people. During the high season, prices can increase up to $2571 for a 10-hour-trip with 6 people.

In France, you can fish:
Bluefin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
Blue Marlin
. Fishing regulations may vary, so make sure to check them before you go to France. We recommend Catch & Release, especially for undersized fish (for example using barbless hooks).

In France you can do a variety of fishing methods including Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Spin Fishing, Popping. Regulations and restrictions vary depending on the species.



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