Captain your own fishing cruise

With canal boat hire from Nicols, you can take a trip that lets you fish from the deck of your own boat. From seasoned anglers to families discovering the pleasures of fishing, a weekend or longer on a boating holiday lets you choose where and when you moor up and cast your rod. It’s the perfect combination of relaxation and activity in the great outdoors.

Your boat your type of fishing

Whatever kind of fishing you enjoy, you can do it with Nicols canal boat rental. From fly and live bait fishing to lure and rock fishing, cruising on rivers and canals gives you the opportunity to practice any technique. All you need is your equipment and a fishing permit - available on or at tobacconists and specialist shops.

On your Nicols boating holiday you can enjoy:

  • catching trout, carp, pike, perch and eels in the Charente
  • finding catfish in the waters of the Saone, Seille or Doubs
  • catching carp in the Lot
  • fishing in Great Lago in Portugal

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Great fishing destinations

Nicols offers a wide range of destinations for your fishing holiday with a choice of canals, lakes and rivers to cruise throughout many regions. Each one has different fishing opportunities and favoured fishing techniques.

The waters of the Charente river, which gives this region its name, are full of trout, carp, pike, perch and eels. In Saint-Simeux, you can even discover old eel fisheries, called "Essacs".


The waters of the Saone challenge you to catch one of its famous catfish which can be up to two metres long! Here you can also catch carp and pike.

Saône Valley

The above destinations are just a few examples of the many fishing opportunities that can be found on the rivers and canals of France. Our base managers can tell you more about fishing areas and any restrictions you need to know.


Lago Alqueva in Portugal is the largest artificial lake in Europe and offers anglers an incredible range of opportunities. Here, from the deck of your boat, you can fish all year long for black bass, carp and comizo barbels to name just a few.

Grande lago

What our clientssay

"I enjoyed a week of fishing from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie on the Lot. I was able to fish from my boat and also on the banks with easy access thanks to the many arranged pontoons. And what a pleasure to be able to cook and taste the pikes I caught on my boat!"

Simon – 56 years old

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The perfect choice of fishing destinations

With so many different boating holiday options, Nicols is sure to have the perfect destination for you to enjoy an unforgettable fishing trip – whether you’re an accomplished sports fisherman or a family keen to discover the joys of fly fishing.