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Let’s hunt predators!

Activities Rachel By Rachel, the 17 May 2018

For this specific topic, I interviewed Patrice jaubert, Director of the Lot Fishing Federation.

When does the predator fishing season open and how long does it last?

The predator fishing seasons are open from 1st to 28th January and from 1st May to 31st December. The predator fishing seasons are closed during the months of February, March and April, to leave the pikes alone and to let them breed during this period.

Which fishes are predators?

The pikes, zanders, perches and black basses. Catfishes are not considered as predators, because they are not endangered species, they do not have the status of predators, they do not need to be protected.

However, I would like to say that unlike we often hear catfishes are not harmful animals. Based on studies conducted over the last 10 years on the Lot river, we now know that catfishes do not have a negative impact on the ecosystem. Large catfishes regulate the population.

When is it the best moment to catch predators?

It depends on the seasons and the fish species. The best moment is in the morning and the evening if you want to catch catfishes and zanders. These fishes are nocturnal animals, they are sensitive to light. We can also fish during the day, but only in muddy waters.

Pikes can be caught all day long, they are manifest themselves as soon as there is a sunbeam, they are not sensitive to the light.


In what kind of waters can predators be caught?

You can catch predators in 2nd category waters and trouts in 1st category waters.

Is there a minimum size to respect?

Yes, for pikes the minimum size is 60 cm, for zanders it is 50 cm and for black-bass it is 40 cm. There is no minimum size to respect for perches.

How many fish can be caught per day and person?

The maximum quota for zanders, pikes and black-basses is 3 specimens per fishermen and per day and pikes 2 maximum.

Do we have to release the fish into the water?

No, it is not mandatory, but it is advised to release pikes because it is a fragile species, they are well represented but must be protected nevertheless.

What are the techniques to catch predators?

There are two techniques to catch a predator:
- Staying at the same place and fish with live or dead fish
- Decoy fishing, this technique is becoming more and more known. 70% fishermen, of every age, and 95% of young fishermen, are fishing with decoy.

This can be explained by the fact that it is an itinerant, dynamic and sport fishing method. This has nothing to do with "fishing with daddy" and the traditional image of fishermen sitting on its folding chair waiting to catch a fish.
The youngest also like the fact that they can choose their decoy among thousands, they are all more beautiful than the others with fun and attracting colours. The decoys are made in Japan and in the United-States, where this method of fishing is very popular.
The objective for the people with this method is to catch the biggest fish. Social networks have a positive impact on fishing, young people share their biggest catch on social networks and then release the fish into the water. Thanks to this use of the new medias of communication, the No Kill fishing practices increased sharply. It is a clean and species-friendly method, decoy fishing does not harm the fish.


Jeune homme ayant pêché un brochet      Animations pêche

What equipment do we need to fish?

A fishing rod of 3m or more depending on the method used. Spinning rods should be light because we handle them all the time, carbon rods are recommended. If you want to fish without moving (with live or dead fish), fishing rods can be simpler, carbon rods are not necessarily required, especially if you have a small budget. You can buy equipment for beginners from 30€ to 40€, but also high-end equipment but it cost up to 500€ to 600€.


Is it reserved to experienced people or can beginners also use it?

This fishing method is a bit technical. But the Lot Fishing Federation offers workshops to learn how to catch a predator. There is 2 days of training course during All Saints' holidays. The workshops are open to all (from 8 years old).


Are they women fishing predators on our territory?

More and more women are fishing. In 2017, 432 fishing licences special discovery for women were sold. This fishing licence gives the same right as the fishing licence for adult, except that only one fishing rod is allowed.


Which are, according to you, the best places to fish predators in the Lot Valley and its Vineyard territory?

The Lot river in its entirety. Black-bass fishing is more adapted to Luzech canal pound, where the river is calmer.

Large catfish can be caught on the embankment of the villages of Albas and Duravel. You can also catch them in the lake of Cassagnes, in Puy-l'Evêque, where the "No Kill" is mandatory.

Many fishermen travel by boat. We are fortunate to have many slipways on territory of the lot Valley and its Vineyard.


Finally, is there any important information, we haven't talked about, that you would like to add?

Yes, I would like to remind that the fishing licences can be bought at the Tourist Information offices of the Tourist Office and at the various resellers. The money gained with the sale of the fishing licences is used for the development of the river, to build fishways and rebuild spawning grounds for example and for the initiation of young. 


 Adult fishing licence (allowing you to fish in other territories)

96 €

Annual licence. Same rights as the adult licence with recirpocity in 91 departments.

Adult fishing licence

74 €

Annual licence

Minor fishing licence

20 €

From 10 years old to 18 years old, from 1st Januart 2018

Discovery licence

6 €

Under 12 years old, from 1st January 2018

Women discovery licence

33 €

Same rigths as the adult fishing licence, but with only one fishing rod allowed.

Weekly licence

32 €

Valid 7 days in row

Daily licence

10 €

Valid 1 days only in the Lot department.















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