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Le Lévézou

Fishing for sport or relaxation

The Lévézou is home to many streams and rivers, as well as the largest concentration of lakes in Aveyron. The dams on the River Tarn also offer magnificent opportunities for fishing in verdant surrounds.

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Sales, repairs and hire of boats and nautical equipment.

Place :
SAS Pasielsky
Les Vernhes , 12410 Salles-Curan Telephone 33 (0)5 65 46 00 48 Website Facebook :

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Jean-Michel is a fishing guide specialised in carnivore fishing and the use of echo sounders. Whether you are beginner anglers or experienced, I will introduce you to fishing for carnivores on a boat on the lakes of Lévézou. I also propose training courses to learn how to set and use an echo sounder. Booking required. From 8 years old accompanied by an adult.

Place :
Pêche Passion Aveyron
12410 Salles-Curan Mobile phone 33 (0)6 76 41 29 54 Website Facebook :

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Lacs et rivières du Lévézou
12410 Salles-Curan Mobile phone 33 (0)6 83 44 77 90 Website Facebook : https://aveyron pêche adventure

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SARL Relais du Bois du Four
Le Bois du Four , 12780 St-Léons Telephone 33 (0)5 65 61 86 17 Fax 33 (0)5 65 58 81 37 Website Social Networking :

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Besset Bateaux location bateaux
Route de Rodez , 12410 Salles-Curan Telephone 33 (0)5 65 67 20 61 - 33 (0)5 65 67 45 23 Mobile phone 33 (0)6 07 83 89 29 Website

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route de Rodez , 12410 Salles-Curan Telephone 33 (0)6 85 66 50 85

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A kingdom of fish... and fishermen

With the greatest concentration of lakes in Aveyron, including the 1239-hectare Lac de Pareloup, the 190-hectare Lac de Pont de Salars and the 178-hectare Lac de Villefranche de Panat, to name but the biggest, the Lévézou is great for all kinds of fishing. The sportiest practitioners can fish for trout in the area's many streams (with flies or natural bait), while whitefish such as roach, bleak, bream, carp (there are many night fishing areas) and barbell can be caught in the rivers, with techniques including angling, "English-style" medium-to-long-range fishing in shallow waters, Bolognese fishing and feeder fishing... It is, of course, also possible to fish as a family (gudgeon, bleak, etc.).

Finally, the lakes of the Lévézou are famous for the opportunities they offer to fish for predatory species: the lakes are legendary for their pike, perch and pike perch, with record-breaking fish often mentioned in the fishing press, and are used for many competitions. These fish can be hunted from the lakeside, but the best approach is to take a boat out into the hard-to-access areas and the jagged coves to try your luck with artificial lures, flexible lures, dead bait or other techniques.
The record to beat is a pike measuring 1.39 metres and weighing 19.6 kilos!

We hope to see you on the banks soon...



Lac de la Gourde (16 hectares)

La Gourde lake, with a surface area of 16 hectares

This lake has a natural feature that make it special:  it's the preferred gathering and mating site forwaterfowl, wild ducks and teals. Fishing and walking is forbidden in the upstream section in order not to disturb the nesting birds. The lower section has good fishing: trout, freshwater fish and perch.

On the Viaur river

This meandering river is regulated by the Pont de Salars dam.

Its banks can be easily reached from villages such as Pont de Salars, but the gorges are only accessible to experienced and agile fishermen. Fine trout can be caught in this river.


  • Wild trout
  • Minnows, gudgeon and common dace


The lakes of Pareloup, Pont de Salars, Villefranche de Panat and Bage are in the 2nd category. They are open for fishing all year round, subject to open and closed season for the different species.


Pont-de-Salars Lake

The lake for families who love fishing

At an altitude of 700 metres, situated on the Lévézou plateau upstream of the village of Pont-de-Salars, this lake is at a dam on the Viaur river.

The edge of the lake has plenty of access points, but the banks are steep in places and there are a lot of submerged posts, which are a good reason to fish from a boat, particularly for predators. Please note that there are speed restrictions in force on this lake.

Best times of the year: spring and autumn for predators. From spring to autumn for freshwater fish. Temporary zone restrictions in spring on the upstream section of the lake where all fishing is prohibited at any time of the day or night.


  • Very well stocked with perch and pike perch.
  • Low stock of pike.
  • Good stock of freshwater fish (bream, roach).
  • Average stock of carp with some large specimens (over 20 kg).
  • Presence of black bass ("no-kill" policy enforced)


Bage Lake, with a surface area of 53 hectares

A superb stretch of water reserved exclusively for fishing (all watersports are prohibited here)

Fishermen love it for its clear water, its easily-accessible banks and its plentiful fish.

You can catch farmed trout, freshwater fish, perch and carp.


Pareloup lake

At an altitude of 800m, this vast lake of 130km and 1290 hectares has deep inlets with a great many coves and beaches.

This lake is a famous spot for fishing for large predators, and record catches are often quoted in fishing magazines. Pike, perch and pike perch abound in this lake.
It is also well populated with carp, with catches sometimes exceeding 25 kg. Night fishing is permitted on all parts of the lake.

On Pareloup lake, every type of fishing is permitted for everyone who enjoys fishing, whether on a regular or occasional basis.


  • Pike: plentiful and large (over 1 metre)
  • Perch and pike perch
  • Carp
  • Many freshwater fish (ream and roach)
  • Good numbers of crayfish

Launch points on Pareloup lake


Villefranche de Panat lake

This is the 3rd of Lévézou's great lakes, ideal for angling and waggler fishing. It is well stocked with freshwater fish.

This stretch of water is as well suited to novices as it is to experienced fishermen.

For boats, there are two  launching ramps on this lake. One is behind the sports hall, and the other is near Granouillac beach.

Near there you'll also find a specially-adapted pontoon where persons with reduced mobility can fish comfortably.


Buy your fishing permit online without leaving the house!  visit:


Guide TO FISHING In Aveyron

Predatory fish

Fishing in LévézouLac de Pareloup
Lac de Pont de Salars


Lac de Pareloup


Lac de Villefranche de Panat
Lac de Pont de Salars

Family fishing

Lac de Villefranche de Panat


you can purchase your fishing permit online!  Simply go to:


List of fishing permit vendors in the Lévézou:


  • Hôtel Restaurant Les Tilleuls : M Grimal. Tél. :  +33 (0)5 46 75 44. 12120 Arvieu
  • Au P'tit Bout d'Où : Tél. :  +33 (0)5 60 00 19 12120 Arvieu. Permit and fishing material sale. 
  • Médiathèque Le Cantou : Tél. :  +33 (0)5 46 06 06


  • L'Oustal Bar: Mr Patrice Calvet. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 46 83 83. 12290 Canet de Salars
  • Camping le Caussanel :+33 (0)5 65 46 85 19


  • Maison de la Presse : M Raynal. Tél. : +33 (0)5 65 46 85 59
  • Camping les Terrasses du Lac : +33 (0)5 65 46 88 18
  • Office de tourisme de Pareloup Lévézou. Tél. :+33 (0)5 65 46 89 90

Saint Léons : 

Bureau d'Information Touristique Tél. +33 (0)5 65 61 80 52 

Salles Curan :

Bureau d'Information Touristique Tél. :+33 (0)5 65 46 31 73 

 Villefranche-de-Panat :

  • Tabac Presse Mme Benedet . Tél. : +33 (0)5 65 46 40 24
  • Bureau d'Information Touristique de Villefranche de Panat. Tel. :+33 (0)5 65 46 46 53 


Prices of fishing permits 2016:

Carte interfédérale personne Majeure (Inter-federation adult permit)
Adults aged 18 or over on 1 January (Category 1 and 2, valid from 01/01 to 31/12, for all types of fishing in all member departments of the Club Halieutique or the Entente Halieutique du Grand Sud Ouest): €95

Carte Personne Majeure (Adult permit)
Adults aged 18 or over on 1 January (Category 1 and 2, valid from 01/01 to 31/12, for all types of fishing in the department of Aveyron): €73

Carte Découverte femme (Women's "taster" permit)
Women aged 18 or over on 1 January (Category 1 and 2, valid from 01/01 to 31/12, one line only, all types of fishing): €32

Personne Mineure (Minor aged 12-17)
Young people aged between 12 and 18 on 1 January (Category 1 and 2, all types of fishing, including rod-and-reel and crayfish, valid for one year): €20

Carte Découverte (Under 12s "taster" permit)
For minors aged under 12 on 1 January (Category 1 and 2, all types of fishing, including rod and reel and crayfish, valid for one year): €6

Carte hebdomadaire (week permit)

Valid for one week, 7 consecutive days may be issued at any time of year, includes all types of fishing, categories 1 and 2 : €32

Carte Journalière (Day permit)

Open to anyone (Category 1 and 2, valid for one day, all types of fishing): €10

Permis ''Vacances'' (Holiday permit)
(valid for 7 days, may be issued at any time of year, includes all types of fishing, categories 1 and 2): €30

Vignette Club Halieutique : €30


Where to find a permit in Aveyron

Useful address:
Fédération Départementale de la Pêche : Moulin de la Gascarie-BP305-12003
Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 68 41 52 - Fax : +33 (0)5 65 68 30 22


The LÉvÉzou experience

Welcome to the Lévézou,
a land of vast lakes, unspoilt countryside and unforgettable scenery for you to explore !

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