Fishing in Holland

The Netherlands is the ideal holiday spot for anglers! Let yourself be surprised by the great fishing adventures you can have here!

A large part of the Netherlands is situated below sea level, making it one of the most watery countries in the world. From mighty rivers and the river delta to vast areas of wetland. From the characteristic polders to the canals of Amsterdam; the Netherlands has it all, and all these waters are great for angling. Go on big fishing adventures with monstrous pikes, huge perch, beautiful carps and strong sea bass. Or take it easy, angling for bream, tench or the common roach from your lazy chair.

Would you rather go catch some marine fish? That’s also possible in the Netherlands. There are plenty of hotspots along our 523 kilometres long coastline. Beaches, ports, piers, the famous Zeeland Delta and the Wadden Islands. All these spots offer an opportunity to catch a wide variety of tasty marine fish.

In the Netherlands we like to make you, the angler, comfortable and we like to keep things as affordable as possible. Here it is possible to catch fish all year through throughout the whole country with only one document – the VISpas – for about just 40 euros per calendar year! The Netherlands is the angling country par excellence, it’s only a few hours from belgium, Germany, Great Britain or France, see you soon!

Going fishing? Bring your VISpas!

The VISpas allows you to fish in all waters stated in the accompanying booklet entitled Lists of Fishing Waters (Gezamenlijke Lijst van Nederlandse Viswateren). That's more than 90% of the surfacewater in Holland.

The average amount you pay for a VISpas is around 40 euros. When you become a member of a fishing club, you receive the VISpas automatically. Every VISpas is valid until December 31st.

Order your VISpas easy online at After payment by VISA or Mastercard you'll receive an automatic e-mail with a temporary permit that allows you to go fishing immediately.

Closed seasons: this is how it works!

The closed seasons for specific types of bait and fish are a source of confusion for anglers every year. Especially because the closed season for pike starts earlier than that for fishing with artificial bait, a piece of fish or a dead fish.

Changes in regulations on seabass

As of 1 January 2017, the Council of European fisheries ministers amended the regulations with regard to seabass.

Watch out for ticks! (video)

A growing percentage of ticks in the Netherlands is infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Anglers scouring the water’s edge are at a significant risk of a tick bite, so make sure to take precautions.

New waters included in the VISpas

One of the most common requests from anglers is that they want to be able to fish in as many waters as possible while using only one single VISpas. In 2017 we will regularly add new waters to the Joint list of Dutch fishing waters. Sometimes these will be waters that previously were only open for fishing to a single angling association. In other cases, it’s about a body of water that is completely new to angling. As of currently these waters have been added to the VISplanner.

Trout released in the Lauwersmeer (video)

Last week 650 kg of (sea) trout was released in several places around the Lauwersmeer. These releases were part of the project ‘Vissen voor verbinding’ (‘fishing for connection’): in order to make the original system of creeks running from the head reach in Drenthe (Peizerdiep) to the Lauwersmeer work as one ecological whole again.

Fishingdestinations, -spots and -facilities map

With our Google Map below you find an overview of fishing destinations, - spots, -guides, - accommodations, - ponds and charterboats. These 'points of interest' can be filterd by fishspecies and -methods. You can also go to their website or Facebook fanpage or search by residence.

-> Check the Fishging in Holland Map

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