Catfish in Holland

Back in the days you would have to go to Spain to catch one of these, but today the Netherlands is one of your go-to destinations if you’re looking for these fresh water monsters.

Underwater picture of a catfish

Catfish stocks in the Dutch rivers have increased enormously, and especially in the Maas, Ijssel and the Waal you’re in for some catfish successes – for instance by angling from a belly boat. There is a closed season for catfish during the whole year. That means that every catfish should be released immediately in the same water.

Catfish caught from a belly boatFoto: Thomas Boelaars

Just like in other countries the nightly hours are the ideal time to fish for catfish, even though you can also catch respectably sized specimens during daytime (over 2 metres). 
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