The fishing spots are managed in a patrimonial fashion in
order to sustain wild populations of native Belgian fish : the common
trout (or brown trout) and the common grayling are the two usual
angling catches. The taking on the fish populations is minimal in order
to promote natural reproduction. Trout and grayling stay well adapted
to their environment and feed according to the activity of insects and
crustaceans. This favours quality angling based on observation and
understanding of river life.
The other species of fish are also
important because they constitute a food reserve for the trout. Among
these we find the "chabot" (bullhead) and "vairon" (minnows).
The quality of fishing spots depends
on the quality of the water and habitat of the fishes and insects.
Habitat is optimised by creating hiding places in the underbanks and
hunting posts (submerged tree trunks and blocks of stone).
Redds and aquatic plants also need a
Personalised consulancy for the
management of rivers and expertise for developing fishing spots are
available from engineers and specialized technicians at « Stream and River Consult ».