Lazing in the sun, enjoying a peaceful sea, river or lake view waiting for your float to disappear is part of the joy of fishing. With 600 km of coastline and an array of idyllic lakes and scenic rivers, Normandy proudly boasts some of France’s finest waters to fish with all styles of angling widely available.

An angler’s paradise

Whether it’s fly fishing, coarse fishing or sea fishing that floats your boat, we are lucky to have many beautiful fishing spots in Normandy. Blessed with many rivers, the region is reputed for salmon, trout and brown-trout fishing. Its lakes and marsh lands are home to pikes and other carnivorous fish whilst the sea abounds in breams, sea bass, mackerels… Whether you’re a beginner or keen fisherman, discover the fishing spots across Normandy to cast your line!  

Across Normandy, we are lucky to have some beautiful spots perfect for fishing and angling. As a matter of fact, Normandy was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite fishing destination back in the days for its inpiring landscapes and tranquility. 

Visitors have a wide range of choice when it comes to fishing in our region as Normandy contains a vast network of streams, ponds and canals acting as the perfect fisheries. It is famed to be one of the best regions for salmon and sea trout fishing. Its rivers are known to abound in the eagerly sought salmo fario, whose natural breeding rates are amongst the highest in France. Our lakes, marshes and rivers are also home to many carnivorous fish such as pike, zander and perch.

The great diversity of the coastline offers some brilliant fishing locations for anglers of all abilities. Whether it be the jaw-dropping chalky cliffs of the Pays de Caux, the granite cliffs of the Cotentin, the large estuaries, the immense sandy beaches or hidden harbours, Normandy has the fishing for you.

Keen fishermen will find plenty of accredited fishing associations, clubs and fisheries to join for an unforgettable experience while visiting the region!

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Departmental Fishing Federations

Find out more information by checking out the different Normandy fishing federations’ websites :