That’s the question we’re always dying to ask fishermen.
If there’s one activity that can be enjoyed anywhere, it’s fishing. At sea, in the countryside, in the mountains or in the city (yes, even in Paris!), fishing is accessible to everyone! Maybe that’s why it’s one of the top leisure activities in France, attracting more than 1.5 million people.
The biggest fans of fishing will be set up as early as sunrise and spend the whole day either filling their bucket with fish or releasing them back into the water (no kill zones). Some choose to spend the day alone whereas others will share this experience with friends or family. To become good at fishing, patience and silence are key. With or without bait, using a spinning or telescopic rod, the choice of equipment is vital.
In this article, we’ll give you all the information you’ll need about the authorised fishing spots in the Paris-Saclay urban area. Enjoy the peace and quiet on the banks and shores of the rivers and lakes in our destination, including the Orge, Yvette and Bièvre rivers. So, prepare your favourite rod, bait and your fishing permit, and let’s go!
Fishing is an activity that is subject to strict regulations. For all the fishing locations mentioned here, you'll need a valid fishing permit. This permit is issued by local fishing associations.
Do you have a question? Need advice? A query about your fishing technique? Have you noticed any pollution?
The Yvette is a great place for fishing! Enjoy the bucolic surroundings. There are plenty of great, peaceful places along this river to go fishing.
Take a moment to observe the wildlife all around you. We recommend the river Yvette for a refreshing break on the water’s edge.
You might find that you are faced with competition from Gaston the Heron 🙂
There are several lakes around the banks of the river that are also interesting places for fishing, such as the Lac du Mail in Orsay, the Lac de Lozère in Palaiseau, the Lac de Balizy in Longjumeau or the lake in Saulx-les-Chartreux.
For any enquiries about fishing on the river Yvette and Mail, Balizy and Lozère lakes:
This association also offers fishing classes for children.
The river Orge has all the necessary facilities and so is a popular place with walkers and cyclists. This area of greenery also boasts several lakes that are ideal, peaceful spots for fishing.
This river originates in Saint-Martin-de-Bréthencourt, and crosses the Paris-Saclay urban area in Epinay-sur-Orge. In Epinay-sur-Orge you'll also find the Espace Naturel du Breuil.
For any enquiries about the Epinay-sur-Orge area:
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the river Bièvre! The Bièvre is nestled in the heart of the valley and winds through several towns in the department of Essonne.
The fishing zone begins a hundred metres upstream from the Damoiseaux wetlands in Igny. It then covers around a hundred metres downstream from there.
For any enquiries:
It's possible to get the 'Manhattan' fishing experience at the Parc Paul Loridant! This vast park in Les Ulis will add a certain New Yorker touch to your weekend fishing outing.
It's also possible to enjoy your favourite leisure activity in the Parc Sud des Ulis that crosses over Saint-Jean de Beauregard. (park near the Route de la Folie Bessin)
Information, queries and fishing permits: Association ULIS PÊCHE PASSION
What if the Bassin du Gué in Marcoussis became your new favourite fishing spot? Greenery, fish, a (small) car park... happiness is only a fishing rod away.
Find out more on the website for the Essonne federation for fishing and protection of aquatic environments
There are so many fish swimming about in our rivers and lakes. They are mostly white fish, including pike, perch, carp, roach, gudgeon, tench, black bass, etc.
The sheer number of them is a good indication of the quality of the waterways. They should be protected for future generations, so that these aquatic treasures can continue to amaze nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts.
While fishing, make sure you respect other users, other people fishing and the beautiful natural environment all around you!