Pêche en lac

Fishing holidays: fishing boat hire

Our top boating recommendations for catching the big-one

Europe’s well-stocked rivers are a haven for both rod and line anglers! You can troll while you’re underway, cast from the banks when your boat is moored or even hire a dinghy and outboard motor so you can reach the most secluded spots.

A number of our river destinations offer the dinghies for hire, and most of our bases sell fishing gear. Our base teams are happy to tell you the best places to cast your line, and they will help you with local permitting requirements.

Our best houseboats for fishing holidays

Fishing holiday on the Rideau Canal, Canada

Three men in a fishing boat

The entire length of the Rideau Canal boasts world-class fishing, with plenty of peaceful inlets and expansive lakes for the budding angler to enjoy. A particular favourite spot for locals is the village of Newboro, which has been one of the major centres for fishing on the Rideau for over 120 years.

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Fishing breaks on the Shannon & Erne, Ireland

Trout fishing

Head south from our Portumna base into Lough Derg, a spectacular stretch of water and probably the best in Ireland for fishing, with huge shoals of quality bream, roach, hybrids and big pike. The lough is huge – over 25 miles long – and aboard your boat your will have the pick of the swims...

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Fishing on the Caledonian Canal, Scotland

Children fishing together

Before heading north, linger in Loch Lochy where no fishing permit is required. Loch Lochy is traditionally good for wild Brown Trout but escaped Rainbow Trout can also be found in the loch as well as good sized Pike. Next, head north to fish for Ferox, Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery of Loch Ness...

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Charente, France


The pretty River Charente is tidal for some distance inland and is a good habitat for large specimens of carps, pike and perch. There are also bream, roach and bleak here and Mullet also comes in from the sea. In May and June shad swim up river to breed. For a change, the sea fishing off La Rochelle is excellent. You can go fishing at night, even during the summer months to catch conger and skate.

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Fishing boat hire in the Lot, France

Fishing hooks

The River Lot is slow and deep making it an ideal habitat for pike, carp, black bass, the European catfish (silure) which can reach significant weights, as well as other coarse fish. Catfish of up to 10 or 11 kgs are not uncommon and much larger ones have been reported. Because the banks of river are often steep and covered in undergrowth a boat is the best place from which to fish.

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Mecklenburg & Brandenburg, Germany

A boy and a dog on a fishing boating holiday in Germany

As soon as you arrive in Marina Wolfsbruch, you have the possibility to fish around. A good occasion to try to catch the different perches, carps and pikes here, as you enjoy your cruise among the numerous natural landscapes of Germany.

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Our best houseboats for fishing holidays

We have over 50 boats types to chose from, suitable for any size group and budget. For your fishing holiday, we have selected these models, which are especially well-suited to the activity thanks to their swimming platform with seating at the back:

Our Salsa, Calypso and Tango boats are also well suited to fishing thanks to their seating space at the front.

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Looking for more holiday inspiration?

Take a look at all our inspiration pages to see what else you could discover on your Le Boat holiday. 

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