Rhone is the 5 th biggest river of the Europe according to the water flow (1690 m3/s) of the river not to its lenght. After Nile it is the second largest river leading to Medditerranean sea. It springs from the glacier of the same name in Switzerland in altitude of 2209 m. From this glacier it runs into the lake of Geneve. Once it leaves this lake it becomes a bed rock river of France and runs to the Middeterranean sea in the south. Saône is its biggest affluent and joins the river Rhone at Lyon. From this city whole way to the south are the dams of river Rhone modulated as a security flood prevention. Which means the river is straight and serves as a high way for ship transportation. During the summer season temperature of this river keeps between 20oC and 30oC during the hottest days. Thats why some fish spicies such is wels catfish are able to spawn twice a year. The southern sun is not the only cause of this. There are several nuclear plants along the river banks that flush the cooling water back to the water. These energy factories had some minor accidents during the years, but some of locals think that is the reason why these fish grow so much. They call them “nuclear catfish”.
Small Rhone is the translation for this river, but don´t get it wrong. This river can get over 200 m wide with depths around 15m. This river splits with the main Rhone in the town Arles and flows through national park Camargue to the Medditerranean sea. It is completly different than the river Rhone. It´s dams are not modulated so there is no way of speaking about straight river. There is abundance of turns, curves, sand beaches and other river elements that are not present in the main river Rhone. That makes this place so attractive. Many of the biggest wels catfish were caught here. If you choose the summer season to come here, don´t forget your mosquito net, otherwise you won´t survive.
Small river that is the right affluent of the river Rhone near the town Beaucaire. Upper parts are home for brown trouts, but the interesting part is just before it joins the river Rhone. It is well reputated by bait casting anglers (perch, black-bass, pike) as well as by carp anglers or wels hunters. There is no ship transportation on this river, so it is more quitefull for those who seek the wildrenesse as it´s own.
This is a left affluent of the river Rhone near Avignon. It springs in the Alpes and runs through the lake Serre Poncon which is well known for its enormous catches of brown trout, perch and pike. Any small rain can change the flow of the water dramatically. Shallow bed rocked valleys of this river allow to run the water down very fast. The lower part of this river before the first rapids is a favourite place where to catch wels catfish or carp.
Thanks to undewater cave source where this river springs keeps the temperature very low even through the hot summer months. It is the only creek in Provence rich in brown trout and grayling. Parts of this creek are divided into sectors with different regulations. In some parts you can do only flyshing, in other parts you can not step into the water and in other parts you can fish with live bait.
These are my favourites waters. There are hundreds of them in Provence. With a surface over than 20 hectars and depths up to 10 m it is ideal for all fresh water fish species. Big advantage are steady conditions. Even you are not lucky and you get bad weather you have a good chance to catch your trophy fish. You can´t say this while fishing the river Rhone in bad conditions.