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Fishing on foot on Oleron Island

On Oleron Island, fishing on foot is without a doubt a tourist activity not to be missed, which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Fishing aficionados will certainly find their happiness in this paradisiacal corner rich in shellfish that is the island of Oleron. Discover right away the best areas to fish on foot during your vacations in camping on the île d’Oléron and the rules to follow.

Fishing spots on foot on Oleron Island

The weather is good and you are ready to go fishing, equipped with buckets and landing nets? Then it’s perfect! Oleron Island abounds in edible sea creatures. Take advantage of the low tide to unearth seafood. You will find some in the different rocky and sandy foreshores all over the island like for example on the outskirts of Saint-Pierre d’Oléron, at La Cotinière, at the Boyardville beach or in Saint-Denis d’Oléron. You can fish on most of the island, with the exception of a few places, such as the ports, the Moëze-Oléron nature reserve, the Chassiron Scientific Concession, the channels and the areas located less than 25 m from the dams, oyster beds and mussel beds. Explore the nooks and crannies of the beach by digging into the sand with a rake. You will find different shellfish and crustaceans to catch: spider crabs, crabs, knives, oysters, donace, shrimp and bernias, but also fish. If you are looking for clams, you won’t be disappointed, the island abounds with places to find them easily. Some Oleron seaweeds are also edible, perfect to accompany your daily shellfish menu!

Fishing on foot on the island of Oleron: the rules to follow

Anyone can practice fishing on foot in Oléron, but since it is regulated, certain principles must be followed to the letter. Fishing on foot is thus forbidden at night. In a logic of environmental preservation, you must only catch adult males and must put back the stones you turn over.

As far as size is concerned, you should know that shellfish and other seafood can only be caught from a certain size. Scallops, clams, mussels and prawns must be at least 4 cm long (2.5 cm for donace and 3 cm for cockles). The width of a crab must be a minimum of 13 cm while a minimum size of 12 cm is required for spiders, to be fished at the maximum number of 6. The cutaults must be not less than 10 cm and the minimum length of strongs is 6.5 cm. Finally, please note that each person can only leave with a maximum of 5 kg of seafood from their catch.

In the vicinity of the Sables Vignier Plage campsite on the Ile d’Oléron, you will find many places to go fishing on foot with family or friends, for unforgettable sea discoveries.