Our marshes of Saint-Omer – Clairmarais, a large basin irrigated by the Aa, has more than 700 km of watergangs and rivers, 170 of which are navigable! In these rivers, life flourishes with more than 25 species of fish present.
Because of this varied fish fauna, fishing has always been a favorite activity in Saint-Omer, Arques, Clairmarais and the surrounding area. This custom is still current and attracts many curious people, eager to practice a calm, serene activity, in the heart of nature, with friends or family.
Discover here the history of fishing in Saint-Omer, the formalities (fishing cards, points of sale of equipment, etc.)
There was a time when people fished only to feed themselves and their families, but also to make a little money.
In the past, from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the XNUMXth century, fish were sold "under the cloak" on Lent and Good Friday, in restaurants and taverns in Audomaroise, but also on the market. At the "minck" and on the fish market square, river fish but also sea fish from Dunkirk or Gravelines were sold at auction, on the stalls. The history of Saint-Omer already bears witness to the presence of fishermen on its shores in the XNUMXth century when Audomar, bishop of Thérouanne, came to evangelize the area.
Since then, fishing has adopted appropriate regulations in order to preserve aquatic fauna, and fortunately! In the past, it was not uncommon to fish with nets in our rivers!
Consult our article on the fish of the Saint-Omer and Clairmarais marshes here.
If you are an amateur fisherman or a seasoned fisherman, there is no shortage of fishing spots in the Audomarois. You can fish for trout in some specialized ponds or catch many other fish in our rivers.
These are teeming with pike, zander, perch, tench, roach, bream, carp, stickleback, stickleback, gudgeon...
Be careful though! It is necessary to respect the regulations in force concerning protected species, minimum catch sizes per fish, fishing hours, prohibited fishing techniques, the various fishing permits issued by Concorde in particular…
Departmental Federation of Approved Associations for Fishing and the Protection of Aquatic Environments of Pas-de-Calais
Le Grand Vannage-Rue des Alpes-62510 ARQUES
Phone 03.91.92.02.03 www.peche62.fr
Departmental Federation of Approved Associations for Fishing and the Protection of Aquatic Environments in the North
BP 1231/59013 LILLE cedex
T. 03 20 54 52 51
To know the places of sale of fishing equipment (rods, hooks, wire, corks, repair equipment), to know the good addresses of trout fishing or the points of sale of fishing licenses in the Pays de Saint-Omer , follow the following link:
Also, if the 170kms of navigable rivers are open to all, the ponds and certain ditches are private. To land on a bank, you will inevitably have to obtain the authorization of the owners.