discover fishing

why practice fishing?

Contemplate, escape, share, relax, discover, track, observe, thrill while fishing .

Practicable in the four corners of the department and presenting as many possibilities of practices as of target species, there is fishing for all, fishing for all styles.

Do not wait any longer, come and discover this outdoor activity by nature!

Group of 4 fishermen rigging a line
Coarse fishing with the family

Start with coarse fishing

Coarse fishing is one of the simplest and most effective techniques to catch your first fish .

This technique is intended for the most numerous and diversified fish in Landes waters, namely, roach, rudd, bream, tench, catfish, sun perch or crucian carp . It aims to concentrate, on a station, the fish of the sector by the installation of a mixture of vegetable meal called the bait. This position then becomes the shot on which we will fish as precisely as possible.

Here is a step by step for your first fish.

Necessary material

Here is a selection of the main elements to plan for you to create a first equipment . You will need around twenty euros at most, excluding the purchase of your fishing license:

  • A rod of 4 m for children and 5 m for adults, without reel for easy beginners
  • Lines set up, all ready to start
  • A bag of groundbait and a bucket to do some cooking for the fish
  • A box of maggots. If they are very stirring, it is because they are fresh!
  • Canned sweet corn. It is a good alternative, especially in summer, by choosing the smallest grains
  • A probe to know the depth of your station
  • A cloth and a disgorger to unhook the fish
  • Don’t forget your fishing license!
fishing action

Here are the 6 steps, which we hope will get you to your first fish!

Step 1 – Choice of position: Keep an open area and avoid the immediate proximity of trees and too much exposure to the wind.

Step 2 – Attach the line to your rod: On lines already mounted, the length of the line will generally have to be shortened to adapt it to the rod. The line should be shorter than the rod about 30cm

Step 3 – Survey your fishing spot: By adding the small probe to your hook. About 60cm deep is a minimum and 1m to 1.5m is an ideal starting point. Once the depth is determined, lower the float a few cm to move into the cloud created by the bait at the bottom of the water.

Step 4 – Prepare your groundbait: It should be gradually moistened in order to subsequently make balls the size of a tangerine. It is better to add water than to make soup that is difficult to send on the spot.

Step 5 – Fish: Place your stopper on the station and throw 2 to 3 balls of bait slightly behind the stopper. Put a maggot, finely pricked by the big side so as not to damage it and that it stirs, or a small kernel of corn and put the line back in place. A primer reminder every 15 minutes will suffice.

Step 6 – The key: If the float sinks, rises or moves strangely, it’s the key !!! At this point, gently pull up with a firm flick of the wrist.


Congratulations, you have caught your first fish! Get over your emotions, wet your hand and grab it in the palm of your palm to unhook it. If it is pricked just at the edge of the lips, as it is most of the time if you are reactive to the bite, just press gently on the shank of the hook to unhook it, otherwise use the disgorger by sliding along the wire that you will keep taut.

Suggestions for sites to start

Here is a selection of accessible fishing sites to get you started!

Laffitau gravel pit – Aire sur l’Adour / Pond of La Gaube – Arthez d’armagnac / Navarosse hole – Biscarrosse / Small pond of Biscarrosse – Biscarrosse / Sabaille pond – Creon of armagnac / Pond of Boulogne – Dax / Gravel pits of the Torte – Dax / Pond of Estibeaux – Estibeaux / Port of Gastes – Gastes / Pond of the Hougarde – Geloux / Halco Ponds – Hagetmau / Les Glés Neufs (St Cricq) – Labatut / Pond of Barit – Labouheyre / Léon pond – Leon / Pond of Aureilhan – Mimizan / Pond of the Saucille – Mugron / Turkish Pond – Ondres / Port of Parentis – Parentis / Renung retainer – Renung / Port of Beaux-Rivages – Sanguinet / Sarbazan pond – Sarbazan / Soustons pond – Soustons / White Pond – Soustons / Seignosse / Pond of Christus – St Paul lès Dax / Menasse pond – St Pierre du Mont / Roma gravel pit – St Sever / Glacière Pond – St Vincent de Paul / Pond of Ouspins – Tartas / Pond of the Forge – Uza

The federal activity center

With the aim of making as many people as possible discover the riches of the bodies of water and rivers of the Landes , it offers different learning and discovery formulas.

Approved by the National Education and by Youth and Sports , it is made up of qualified professionals (nature coordinator and BPJEPS instructor) who work with the real pleasure of transmitting and supporting children and adults at the water’s edge.

Fishing and nature activities on offer are aimed at a wide range of audiences and are organized throughout the year throughout the department.

Animations For schools

We offer discovery sessions of the aquatic environment and fish populations. By adapting it to educational programs, locations and teachers’ expectations, we are implementing sessions or session programs combining classroom interventions and / or field trips . A set of educational materials and workshops have been developed in connection with the theme to build a framework of fun and informative discovery. From 6 years old


.Consult an example program for Cycles 3

Consult our animation “A day at the water’s edge – SCHOOL 2023”

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activities For youth structures

Around water and fish we offer nature activities while having fun for summer camps, holiday centers and all groups. Half-day, day or program of interventions as part of the stay, we set up animations of discovery of aquatic environments and introductions to fishing in all its forms . From 6 years old


Consult our general animation brochure

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entertainment For the general public

We organise workshops, courses or evenings to discover and learn the different modern fishing techniques (blow, feeder, carp and predators) in small groups. These different formulas are offered throughout the year on several sites in the department and are intended for individuals. We also work in the context of events for which we are developing dedicated events and stands in partnership with the organizers.

Consult our 2021 internship and evening poster

Consult our 2021 Itinerant Nature Fishing Workshops poster

For the general public

two forms of exchange and learning

Itinerant nature fishing workshops
Two young fishermen with their respective catches

These workshops are aimed at children aged 8 to 18 wishing to discover and learn modern fishing techniques. These itinerant nature fishing workshops are set up in partnership with local fishing associations for a period of one month per sector .

practical information

4 Wednesdays per sector and 6 sectors per year (ONESSE / March, St SEVER / Avril, MUGRON / May, St PAUL LES DAX / June, PEYREHORADE / September, HAGETMAU / October)

HOURS : 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

PRICES : 50 € with fishing kit included + free fishing license

Fishing courses and carp evenings
Carp fishing courseCarp fishing course with group of children with group of children

These fishing courses without accommodation and evenings are aimed at young people from 9 to 16 years old. They are themed by fishing technique (predators, carp and shot) and are organized in small groups open to all during school holidays.

practical information

STAGE Coup (2 in April and 2 in August) – CARP EVE (3 in July) – Carnivorous STAGE (2 in August) – BOARD / BOAT COURSE (1 in October)

HOURS : 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (courses) – 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (evenings)

PRICES : € 60 for the Coup et Carnassiers course – € 30 for the evening – € 80 for the Onboard / Boat course

Fishing schools

They are managed and animated by local fishing associations (AAPPMA) which set up initiations and training in fishing techniques for young people.

And yes fishing can be learned! Knowing where is the best place at the moment, what technique used, how to set up a line, how to tie a knot, how to prepare your shot, what are the regulations in force, but also know the habits of our playing partners and know how to observe them for to understand them better are all elements which do not appear obvious to the novice.

Initiation of a group of children to fishing

Fishing receptions

The volunteers of these fishing schools, supported in some cases by BPJEPS qualified instructors, set up fishing receptions to pass on their knowledge and train those interested . They direct their action mainly towards young people and set up training courses from the sunny days. Most of the sessions take place outside and in case of bad weather some of these schools even have rooms equipped for an indoor session. The equipment is of course made available . Do not hesitate to contact them for more details on how they work.

the fishing guides

These graduate professionals will save you precious time during your fishing trip or learning a technique . They are waiting for you at the water’s edge to share a pleasant moment around a common passion: water and fish.

CIMAP fishing guide with child and perch catch

Lakes of Cazaux-Sanguinet and Parentis-Biscarrosse

Roxfox fishing guide with pike

Lakes of Cazaux-Sanguinet and Parentis-Biscarrosse

Made in River Fishing Guide

Etang Blanc, Etang du Hardy and Etang de Soustons

know the fish and astacicole fauna of the moors

The extent and diversity of the aquatic environments present in the Landes make it possible to benefit from the presence of more than 50 species of fish and 4 species of crayfish .

Some are known to fishermen but others are more discreet, protected from a regulatory point of view or quite simply less conducive to catches by angling. They are nonetheless important and deserve our full attention. .

Landes fish poster
Cyprinids - white fish

Ablette – Amour – Barbeau – Able de Heckel – Bouvière – Common bream – Crucian – Carp – Chevesne – Roach – Goujon – Loach – Rattl – Tench – Toxostome – Vairon – Vandoise


Black-bass – Pike – Perch – Zander – Catfish


Rainbow trout – Brown trout


Mock shad – Eel – Large shad – River lamprey – Sea lamprey – Mullet – Atlantic salmon – Sea trout

The unwanted

Catfish – Sun Perch (Release prohibited) – Pseudorasbora (Release prohibited)

THE Other species

Sculpin – Stickleback – Fluvial blenny – Gremille – Gliding lamprey


White-legged crayfish (no fishing) – American crayfish (Release prohibited) – Signal or California crayfish (Release prohibited) – Louisiana crayfish (Release prohibited)