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fishing is simple - Maison Wallonne de la Pêche
Pike
2
Catfish
Return to water obligatory
5
Rainbow trout
Eel
Chub
Carp
Gudgeon
2
25 cm
25 cm
(2) Brown trout: Minimum size: 24 cm in navigable waterways and canals, including
the Ourthe, downstream of Nisramont bridge.
Handle all catches carefully, preferably with wet hands.
If the fish has swallowed the bait too deeply, cut the line.
Grayling
Ideally, you should use a deep keepnet made from a soft material without knots.
Don’t forget to take away with you all items of bait and equipment (nylon, lead, etc.).
Forbidden practices
• Fishing under ice
• Fishing and baiting with blood or marrow
• Fishing with a lead fish or similar lure imitating any type of animal.
From 1st January to the Friday before the 3rd Saturday in March
inclusive :
• Fishing with live or dead fish, whether moving or not, of any
species.
• Spoon fishing or fishing with any other type of artificial lure or
bait that may catch pike, perch, pike perch and black bass.
Fly fishing under certain conditions
In waterways where fly fishing only is permitted during the closed
season, this type of fishing may only be practised using a rod fitted
with a suitable reel and line, fitted with an artificial lure that neither
rotates nor vibrates, and with a single hook measuring less than
2 cm (fly).
Boat fishing
The fishing boat may not travel on navigable waterways and tributaries unless it is fitted with a clearly-visible registration plate.
Registration requests may be submitted using the online form on
the website of the Service Public Fédéral Mobilité et Transports
(Public Federal Mobility and Transport Department) :
www.mobilit.fgov.be
Boats may only stop on navigable waterways at locations indicated
by an approved buoy.
Trolling using motor boats is forbidden (combustion or electric
motor).
4
Fishing platform
X
Minimum catch size
Any fish caught that do not comply with the legal size must be
returned to the water immediately and with care.
• A rod, up to a maximum of two rods per person, fitted with no
more than three hooks (single or multiple) each, including for
nocturnal carp fishing,
• A landing net, for removing fish caught with the rod only,
• A crayfish dropnet or stay (maximum 5 per person).
28 cm
Fish illustrations © P.J. Dunbar
Ide
50
(1) Perch :
There is no legal size for perch in Nisramont lake and the canals of
Brabant and Hainaut.
Common nase
25 cm
Tench
Minnow
Caught fish may not be transported alive, except in a single
container, with a maximum capacity of 12 litres.
Legal size
The length of the fish is measured from the tip of the mouth to the
tip of the caudal fin.
30
25 cm
Brown trout (2)
25 cm
Any eels caught must be
returned to the water immediately.
Permitted equipment
X
Maximum number of takeaway catches per day
Authorisation must be obtained to install a fishing platform along a
waterway. For navigable waterways, this authorisation may be obtained from the Direction Générale Mobilité et Voies hydrauliques
(General Mobility and Waterways Directorate):
Tél. +32 (0)4/231.65.00
fishing is simple !
Pike perch
22 cm
Brook trout and vendace
Plus : Sturgeon, Flounder, Sea lamprey and River lamprey, Spined
loach, European weather loach and Burbot.
40 cm
30 cm
Barbel
What equipment should you use ?
Atlantic salmon
Perch (1)
80 cm
Sea trout
Common rudd
50 cm
Amur bitterling
22 cm
Asp
18 cm
15 cm
Fishing permitted, subject to conditions
22 cm
Protecting the fish population
Fishing not permitted
The information contained in this brochure relates to
general regional rules. There may be additional specific rules and temporary measures in some places !
Go to http://wallex.wallonie.be for complete, up-todate regulatory information.
Code of good practice
This brochure contains some useful advice to help you fish
in a way that respects the environment and, of course, the
fish themselves.
With the support of :
Fishing with a regional licence only
The regional fishing licence authorises you to fish in the navigable
waterways indicated below :
FROM
TO
-30 min
+30 min
Exception : nocturnal fishing
Bankside carp fishing is authorised from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. This type of fishing may only be practised using casting rods, and with plant-based or flour-based bait.
All fishes must be returned to the water immediately and with care.
Opening periods (see table opposite):
Period 1 : 01/01 to 28-29/02
Period 2 : 01/03 to the Friday before the 3rd Saturday in March
Period 3 : 3rd Saturday in March until the Friday before the 1st Saturday in June
Period 4 : 1st Saturday in June until 30/09
Period 5 : 01/10 to 31/12
Waterway
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Canals
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(a)


Escaut


(a)


Dender (navigable)


(a)


Dender (non-navigable)




Dijle




Zenne







Mehaigne (upstream of the
Hosdent windmill in Latinne) (b)
Mehaigne (downstream of
the Hosdent windmill in Latinne)
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Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
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

Sambre (+ tributaries)





Ourthe from its source



(e)

(fly fishing from



(fly fishing from


to Nisramont lake
Ourthe from Nisramont
to Jupille bridge (Hodister)
Ourthe from Jupille bridge
(Hodister) to the confluence
with the Meuse (c)
Canal de l’Ourthe (c)
the bankside)
the bankside)
Amblève, upstream of
Remouchamps bridge
Amblève, downstream of
Remouchamps bridge

confluence
Lesse, downstream of the
confluence



(fly fishing from



(fly-fishing)

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




(fly fishing from
Chiny and Herbeumont (d)

(fly fishing from
Viroin

(fly fishing from
the bankside)
the bankside)
the bankside)
Epargne bridge in Verviers)

(fly fishing from
 the
bankside)
Chiers




of the upstream limit at Coursur-Heure until the railway
bridge at Marchienne)

(all lures
and baits)
Hantes (from Brunebarbe
bridge in Hantes-Wihéries to
Madame bridge in La Buissière)
OURTHE



Eau d’Heure (downstream
SAMBRE

the bankside)
Lesse, upstream of the
Vesdre (downstream of the
MEUSE

Meuse
Semois, licence zone between
Hantes, downstream ofMadame bridge in La Buissière



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
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


Burnot, Bocq, Biesme,
Biesmelle, Eau d’Heure,
Ruisseau de Fosse,
Hermeton, Molignée,
Samson and Thure :

downstream sections after the
confluence with the Sambre
and Meuse
Discover great fishing spots :
Respect the riverbanks, crops, plants and other people’s property
in general. Do not disturb local wildlife.
Keep fishing areas clean and tidy by taking all litter away with
you, including any litter you find on site.
the bankside)
Waterway / lake
spillway at Chiny
• via the following website http://peche.tourisme.wallonie.be
• or www.maisondelapeche.be
(fly fishing from
the Namur-Liège railway bridge)
spillway at Chiny
Namur

the bankside)
Mehaigne (downstream of
Semois, downstream of the
Liège
(one line from
Other non-navigable
waterways
Semois, upstream of the
The Leie, all canals : Espierres,
ESCAUT
Ath-Blaton, Nimy-Blaton, Antoing-Blaton, Charleroi-Bruxelles, Canal du Centre, Canal
Albert, Escaut (except tributaries), the Dender, the Haine (canal section),
Mons
the Sambre, Lake Eau d’Heure, the Meuse,
the branch of the Meuse from the Meuse in
Liège to Coronmeuse bridge, the Semois, downstream of Deleau windmill (or Nawés) in Herbeumont, the Ourthe, downstream of Nisramont dam, the Amblève, downstream of Remouchamps bridge, the Lesse, downstream of the first fixed dam.

Northern of Wallonia
Other waterways
Lake Eau d’Heure
SEMOIS
Southern of Wallonia
Navigable
waterways
Non-navigable
waterways
Nisramont lakes
(Bütgenbach, Neufchâteau,
Robertville and Suxy)
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
(a)




(a)
(+ grayling) (+ grayling)




= Brook trout, arctic char = Minnow = Gudgeon = Brown trout, rainbow trout, vendace = Pike,
perch, pike perch, black bass, grayling = Common roach, common rudd, bream, carp, goldfish, ide, common bleak, tench = All other species of fish for which fishing is not explicitly forbidden.
(a) One or more rod fitted with a single hook. Living or dead fish, both stationary and moving, may not be
used as bait, and the line must not be fitted with a spoon or artificial lure, whether stationary or moving, that
may catch voracious fish. Flies are permitted. (b) Dispensation valid until the end of 2011. (c) Boat fishing
authorised from 06/06/2009 to 28/02/2010. (d) A single, rod is permitted. (e) Fly fishing permitted on the
bed of the waterway.
An annual licence is compulsory
In order to fish in non-navigable waterways, you must possess :
• your regional fishing licence,
• your membership card for the local society, where such a society
holds the relevant fishing rights,
• authorisation from the owner of the land bordering the waterway,
where no fishing society exists.
Fishing is permitted from 30 minutes before official sunrise until
30 minutes after sunset. Information at: www.meteo.be (forecasts
and sunrise/sunset times).
Useful contacts and information
Authorisation to fish in non-navigable waterways
Authorised hours
Fishing opening periods
• In locks
• From bridges over canals and navigable or sailable waterways
• In sections of non-navigable and non-sailable waterways that
run through protected woods and forests (without dispensation)
• In specific locations bearing the following signs :
When can you fish ?
Where can you fish in Wallonia ?
fishing is simple !
Places where fishing is forbidden
There are two types of fishing permit :
• Licence A, € 12.39 + € 1.75: fishing using one or two rods from
the water’s edge only.
• Licence B, € 37.18 + € 1.75: same as licence A + any fishing, using one or two rods, other than from the water’s edge (boat, pier
or any private, fixed fishing platform).
For nocturnal carp fishing, licence B is required.
Each licence is valid for the holder only and for the current year. If
a licence is lost, a replacement can be obtained from any branch
of the Wallonia Post Office for € 3.
Children under the age of 14 fishing with a single, rod fitted with
a single hook are exempt from the licence requirements on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and during school holidays, as
long as they are accompanied by their father, mother, guardian or
other appointed adult. The accompanying adult must carry their
fishing licence with them at all times. Maximum of 4 children per
adult.
Licences are available :
• online from : http://permis.maisondelapeche.be
• from any branch of the Wallonia Post Office : www.post.be
Maison wallonne de la pêche asbl (Wallonia Fishing Organisation)
Rue Lucien Namèche 10
5000 NAMUR
Tél. +32 (0)81 41 15 70
[email protected]
www.maisondelapeche.be
Direction Chasse & Pêche (Hunting & Fishing Directorate)
Avenue Prince de Liège 15
5100 JAMBES
Tél. +32 (0)81 33 58 50
http://environnement.wallonie.be
DGARNE 0800/1 1901
Service de la Pêche (Fishing Department)
Avenue Prince de Liège 15
5100 JAMBES
Tél. +32 (0)81 33 59 00
+32 (0)81 33 59 04
Unité anti-braconnage (Anti-poaching unit)
0800/12 322
SOS Pollution
070/23 30 01

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