A FISHING PERMIT or the “Carte de Peche” can be bought at most sporting & fishing stores and most bar/ tabacs for between €60 – €85 for this calendar year (2011). Also available are both “1 day” or “2 week” holiday permits which cost: €10 and €30 respectively. If you want to fish for Salmon & Trout you will need to pay typically around €10 extra and you are only allowed to fish for them when in season. The extra charge does not apply to holiday permits.
The fishing season varies each year and from region to region but local tourist offices will be able to advise you of exact dates. Rivers & waterways are patrolled often by Guardians de Pêche and by the Gendarmes, so be sure to have a permit. Fines are very expensive!