Le Marais Poitevin and the Sèvre Niortaise constitute a paradise for amateur or experienced fishermen. Along the conches or the Sèvre Niortaise, you will be able to tease the species of this large wetland. It is also an opportunity to discover the traditional fishing techniques specific to marsh areas. The quality of the waters full of fish is recognized by the organizers of very high level fishing competitions.

What species of fish can you fish in the Marais Poitevin?

White fish

  • Let's keep
  • Bream
  • bleak
  • Stud
  • Tenches
  • hornbeam


  • Pikes
  • Zanders
  • Perches
  • Black bass
  • Catfish


The eel looks like a snake but it is nevertheless indeed a fish whose the flesh is edible and very tasty. It is a species of fish belonging to the Anguillidae family. The eel population is decreasing in Europe for several years. Moreover, very strict rules have been put in place for several years for the conservation of the species with, for example the ban on fishing for glass eels (the baby eel). It is a highly sought-after and extremely expensive delicacy, often subject to poaching. The Parc du Marais Poitevin has set up the “Migratory Fish” program in order to conserve this emblematic species. Fishing for eel is therefore possible but subject to respecting several rules which you can find on the website www.peche-en-deux-sevres.com.


Fishing for American crayfish Marais Poitevin is an activity that can be practiced, but which is regulated. Indeed, the American crayfish, also called Louisiana crayfish, is an invasive species which was introduced to Europe in the 1960s. This species has harmful consequences on the ecosystem, because it can cause significant damage to banks and aquatic plants, as well as local fauna.

However, it is possible to fish for American crayfish in the Marais Poitevin, but under certain conditions. Crayfish caught must be destroyed immediately, as it is It is forbidden to release them into the wild. Learn about crayfish fishing in clicking here.

The different types of fishing

Fishing with a scale

We find in our waterways freshwater crustaceans including crayfish. She fishes on the scales, sort of large mesh landing net, in which we put bait, then we place the latter at the bottom of the water; you just have to be patient...

Lure fishing

Lure fishing is a fishing technique where an artificial lure is used to imitate the behavior of prey and attract fish. This method is popular for predator fishing such as pike, black bass and zander. Lures can come in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Coarse fishing

Coarse fishing is a static fishing technique where a bait is placed on a hook attached to a line. The line is often attached to a float to help detect bites. This method is commonly used to catch white fish such as roach, tench and bream.

Fly fishing

Fly fishing is a fishing technique that uses an artificial fly to imitate the insects that fish eat. It is popular for trout and salmon fishing. Flies can come in many different sizes, shapes and colors, and are often made by hand. This fishing is a real spectacle to contemplate because the fisherman makes continuous movements back and forth with his rod unlike other fishing methods where discretion is the key word.

Worm fishing

Earthworms wrapped around cotton thread to create bait which eels are fond of. The fisherman plunges his line to the bottom of the water and watches the eel which will not resist this delicacy!
This typical fishing from the Marais Poitevin was practiced at nightfall. Since the management plan established by Europe in 2007 to safeguard the species, night fishing is no longer permitted. However, vermée fishing can still be done during authorized fishing times.

Some ideas for fishing spots




Discover the “Henry Limouzin” course. It extends over 5 km long between the Marais Pin and Sotterie locks. On this route you will find many white and predatory fish. This is a “no-kill” pardon course renowned black bass.

Coulon, Small Cities of Character® and capital of Green Venice




From Grand Port of Arçais, walk along the towpath to tease the various species like pike, carp or perch!

Arçais, Small Cities of Character®



The Roussille

beyond being a fishing spot full of fish, La Roussille also offers a green landscape with its lock which is one of the most important located between Niort and Marans.

Roussille Lock (Niort)

Vanneau-Irleau town hall


At Vanneau

Special route for people with reduced mobility

“La Grande Rigole” at Le Vanneau is a fishing area for people with mobility reduced installed on the edge of the Garette channel with parking, disabled concrete path, copings to block the wheels of the chair and picnic table


Sebastian Robert


Lake Robert Bonnin in Niort

A fish-rich body of water of approximately 1 hectare where you will find carp, tench, bream, catfish, roach, pike, crayfish and very large white loves! Open from February to December, you will need to purchase a specific card to fish in this body of water, i.e. €27 per year (€12 from September 1st), €5 per day, on site with the ranger, or in the Pacific Pêche and Natura Chasse & Pêche stores. “Private” body of water not part of the Deux-Sèvres Fishing Federation network.

Lake Robert Bonnin Facebook page

Did you know?

“No kill” fishing is a fishing practice where fish are captured but released alive into their natural environment. rather than being killed and consumed. The goal of this practice is to minimize harm to fish populations, allowing fish to survive and reproduce in their natural habitat.


No kill fishing can be practiced in many types of fishing, such as fly fishing, angling, freshwater or sea fishing. No-kill fishermen typically use special techniques to minimize stress and injury to fish. during their capture. They often use barbless hooks, which are easier to remove from the fish's mouth without causing damage, as well as conservation nets that help keep the fish in the water during the release process.


“No kill” fishing is becoming more and more popular in recent years, especially among sport fishermen who seek to preserve fish populations for future generations. It can also be used in scientific research to study fish populations without negatively affecting them.

Obtain a fishing license

and navigation conditions on the Sèvre Niortaise

Possession of a fishing license is mandatory to fish in public or private fresh waters. The fishing license allows you to contribute to the financing of fishing activities. protection of the aquatic environment, the development of fishing grounds and fish management. It also allows the authorities to control the practice of fishing and ensure the compliance with the rules in force.

Fishing cards can now be purchased online, or from home by going to the site www.cartedepeche.fr or by going at a depository which you can see the list here or by consulting the interactive map by adding the filter “Fishing card sales points” in by clicking here. Prices vary depending on the duration, type of fishing and the age of the fisherman.

Additionally, if you fish on the water with a boat or float tube, it is necessary to find out in advance about the conditions of navigation on the Sèvre Niortaise.

Accommodations labeled “fishing”

Know that certain lodges and guest rooms have received a “fishing” qualification by the Clévacances and Gîtes de France labels. These accommodations must meet certain criteria such as proximity to the Sèvre Niortaise, offering specific services to fishermen…

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