The Departement of the Meuse boasts numerous Category 1 and 2 watercourses, as described below. You can also use private lakes; see below. You might also enjoy Fishing breaks. Please don't hesitate to contact us.
Tributaries of the Saulx, in the south of the Meuse département, the Chée and the Ornain are both Category-1 watercourses. The former displays the characteristics of a small plain river that twists and meanders through meadows and farmland, while the latter alternates between rapid currents, long flat stretches, and deep holes, forming a very varied watercourse.
All along its course, the Chée is fed by numerous streams, which serve as natural spawning grounds for the native trout. From Ligny onwards, the Brown Trout in the Ornain mingle with several shoals of Graylings and white fish such as Dace and Chub.
Going with the flow and as the mood takes him, the angler will therefore be able to cast, or practise bait fishing ("au toc"), lead-line fishing or fly fishing...
The fish that is most sought-after by the angers in this basin, to the west of the département, is without a doubt the Brown Trout. Here, fans of bait fishing, minnow spinning, and casting, as well as fly fishing, will have a whale of a time.
In particular on the Aire, the best watercourse in this basin, where the heritage management carried out over several years by the main AAPPMAs (fishing associations) is bearing fruit. The quality of the stocks of wild Brown Trout is improving all the time and the Grayling seems to be about to follow suit.
Whether you fish for Roach, Carp, Zander or Pike, you'll have every chance to fulfil your passion along the banks of the Meuse.
Whether it is "untamed" or at times channelled, the river will captivate you with its fish stocks that are as varied as they are unexpected!!
As with a good many watercourses, the bed of the Meuse is crossed by weirs and dams aimed at controlling the flow of the river during flooding. As a result of this, one finds excellent venues nearby for predators, especially large Pike. Numerous backwaters or water meadows connected to the river form biotopes are not only pleasant and favourable to fishing, but also play an important role in the reproduction of various fish species, especially Pike.
Sand extraction has left some AAPPMAs with ballast pits containing large fish stocks, especially of large Carp, which will weigh well over 20 kilos. As for the carnivore hunters, they will be able to choose between Pike, Zander and, as of very recently, Catfish.
Also worth exploring: the Category 1 streams that meander across the valley and which are home to a large stock of Minnows and Brown Trout.
Overall, access to the river is made easy by numerous lanes.
Cars will duly remain parked along these lanes!
There are many well-equipped campsites close to the fishing venues, ready to welcome you and your family.
OK, so you definitely want to go fishing. Yet you'd also like to find a nice quiet little leafy spot: in a word, let's admit it, a little corner of paradise... This does exist and can be found in the Meuse. Come and explore the lovely valleys of the Chiers, the Othain and the Loison.
Plied by the Category 1 and 2 rivers of the same name, you will find fine stocks of Pike, Perch, Carp, Tench, white fish and Trout. So what are you waiting for? Come and pick up your fishing licence from one of our AAPPMAs alongside these watercourses.
And believe me, to help you forget the worries and ups and downs of daily life, there's nothing like a good day's fishing.
Whether you keep the fish you have caught or put it back in the water, all that matters now is: "come back as soon as possible to this little corner of paradise".
For further information, and a list of the AAPPMA fishing associations
Fédération de la Meuse pour la Pêche et la Protection du Milieu Aquatique
13 Rue d'Anthouard
Tél. : (0033) (0)3 29 86 15 70