Although it is situated on the outskirts of La Louvière and its neighbouring towns, the old Canal du Centre and its banks offer pleasant and peaceful landscapes conducive to walking and relaxation. For our fishers, this partially abandoned waterway has many assets, one of which is a rich and diverse fish population and many easily accessible fishing spots.
The “historical canal” has a homogeneous physiognomy all along its length. Almost uninterrupted lines of trees fringe its banks. The right bank has a towpath, sometimes reserved for pedestrians, sometimes accessible by car for short distances. The embankments, perfectly unencumbered everywhere, are mostly vertical and fairly low. The average depth of this part of the canal is between 2 and 2,5 m.
The old Canal du Centre holds all species that tolerate stagnant water and is therefore frequented by both white fishers, carp fishers and those in search of predatory fish. All still water white fishing techniques can be used on the Canal du Centre, but long rod fishermen are the most numerous.
The old Canal du Centre is well populated with predatory fish. It is literally teeming with perch. Tracking them with a lure or live bait in the clear waters that characterise the old canal guarantees excitement and many catches. Pike are also present along the whole canal. They seem to be particularly well represented over the last two reaches, which are richer in aquatic vegetation and submerged obstacles.
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