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Fishing in Chiny


The Semois is a 2nd category river (mixed water). This basically means that the average speed of its current is too low to consider it a trout river. There is therefore naturally a wide variety of fish species. Each species corresponds to an authorized fishing period (or a ban). Authorization/prohibition periods make it possible to preserve the reproduction of species.

In Chiny, we therefore mainly fish:

– “White”, generic termthat encompasses all fish that are not predatory

– The predator: perch and pike

- Trout

– Grayling, which is a fragile, non-carnivorous fish that can be fished on the fly

Every year, in Chiny, the Semois is restocked with pike, perch, roach and trout.


To fish in Chiny you first need:

1. The permit of the Walloon Region (RW): – This permit is sold only  by internet:

– “large permit” to fish in the water or “from the middle of the water” on a pontoon or a boat: €37.18

– “small permit” to fish from the shore: €12.39

2. The license of the local fishing company: "Les 3 truites": is on sale at the Tourist Office of Chiny, at Epi-Cerise, at Moulin Cambier and at Jacquet Pêche in Izel on presentation of the RW license

– For a fortnight: €25.00 (only in July-August)

– For the year: € 50.00

You therefore need at least 2 permits to fish in Chiny, or even 3 if you fish in DNF license areas. The course is interspersed with some private sections, for these areas, you simply need the license of the Walloon Region and the agreement of the owner.



Legal fish catch size (mesh)

Barbeau30 cm         Hotu25 cm

Black-bass18 cm     Ombre28 cm

Brochet60 cm          Perche24 cm

Carpe25 cm          _cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_  Rotengle15 cm

Chub25 cm      Tench25 cm

Crayfish12 cm      _cc781905-5cde-3193-bb3b2badite cm

Local peculiarity in Chiny

Pike60 cm

Perch24 cm

Trout24 cm

Today many fishermen practice NO-KILL fishing –  It's about getting  your fish back into the water in great shape, without stress or injury.

How to do ? Barbless on your hooks, with a landing net, and strong fishing line.

Crushing the barbs is also for your safety.

With a landing net to avoid squeezing the fish in your hands when releasing it. Wet the net and your hands before touching the fish to preserve the mucus that protects it from infection. Many released fish are so crushed on the inside after release that they die within minutes. The pleasure of releasing a fish is much greater.

Do not fish too fine, to avoid making the fight last too long (production of lactic acid fatal to trout afterwards)

Trout restocking dates:

2020: June 5: 110 kg –  June 19: 50 kg    (subject to a change in dates due to a change of dates fish farmer)

Fishing prohibited on restocking days.

Fishing company of Chiny: “Les Trois Truites”

President: H. Limpach: 0476/64.96.24 – Vice-president: E. Schmit: 0477/ 82.78.86 –  Secretary/treasurer: V. Genin: 0495/54.93.72


Carp fishing is a particularity of the Vierre dam. You need a permit from the Walloon region and a permit from the Vierre (lake-dam). This fishing permit is also available at the Syndicat d'initiative de Chiny or at Jacquet Pêche  Rue Albert 1er, 10 à 6810 Izel The annual permit costs 40€. It runs from January to December.

The Vierre is a 1st category river: at Suxy the course is interesting and varied, alternating rapids and flats, “easy borders” and crowded borders.

The course at the dam  has a few fishing stations fitted out for people with reduced mobility.

Fishing is prohibited on days when  restocksment, during the beats as well as during the enduro of the carp anglers. This date changes every year!


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