Carp and catfish, fresh-water lake fishing and « label Ain pêche”: Paradise on the end of the line!
Do you know the nickname given to the Dombes region? The “land of a thousand lakes”! But in reality, the Dombes has over 1200, maintained and exploited following local traditions: carp fishing, pike, roach…
Staying at Kanôpee, if you enjoy angling, you will be that bit closer to paradise.
Carp from the Dombes and catfish from the Saône
Given that the left bank of the Saône also has its fair share of unforgettable moments. Thanks to the very physical catfish fishing, the largest fresh water fish in Europe, to the delicate nighttime carp fishing, or even thanks to zander fishing. A nice carnivore which you can practically tease from the terrace of your chalet on stilts, preferably just as the sun is setting on the water in front of you…
Tempted to try this experience? Kanôpee sells beginners fishing rods, for children and adults. We also sell fishing permits (“discovery” for the day, or for the week) allowing you to fish on the Saône and on the Chamalan lake, only 5 minutes from the site.
The convivial tradition of lake fishing
Otherwise, on a heritage note, are you interested in knowing how the lakes of the Dombes came about? Or would you like to see a professional “battle” with a tench or 2? Make a note that from October to the end of March it is possible to join in on a traditional catch with commentary. You will learn everything about these fishing lakes which the monks at Cluny created in the 16th century.
You will discover the ancestral methods of the local specialists pulling in the ‘seillette’ (a net of 7mm mesh) and handling the ‘fourchette’ (a long forked pole). And then, coming back to a better known fork, as a privileged witness of Dombes life you will be able to experience a great moment of conviviality, together with the inhabitants with a good wine around a fish dish emblematic of the area.
An excellent souvenir of strips of carp and a glass of Bugey to take away with you….
A « Label Ain Pêche » for « extraordinary experiences »
Finally, some advice for all your fish-related activities. In the Dombes, there are service providers “Label Ain Pêche” by Ain tourism. Keen to share “extraordinary experiences” with visitors, the department’s tourist development agency has created a label to distinguish its accommodation providers, its guides, tourist attractions and tourist information centres to guarantee a quality service for anglers. Why not check in with them?
And now, as Ain Tourism rightly says: “Expert, experienced, amateur or beginner, get your lines ready, set, fish! “