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 www.vispas.nl
. After payment by VISA or Mastercard you'll receive an automatic e-mail with a temporary permit that allows you to go fishing immediately.
Not many places along the Dutch border provide so many sports fishing opportunities as the Maasplassen, situated next to Roermond. Here you’ll find lots of different species, from hungry predatory fish like perch, pike, zander and catfish to specimen bream and roach.
Would you like to know which period is the best to target the most popular Dutch fish species? Check the fishing calendar!
Friesland is among the most water abundant provinces of Holland and an excellent region for anglers as well. Because it’s also easily accessible, more and more foreign anglers are visiting Friesland to try their luck. Leeuwarden, the province’s geographical hart and capital, is situated only 1,5 hours driving from the German border.
Kanalgratis launched two cool video’s about fishing for big perch in Holland. Swedish angler Tobias Ekvall heard rumours about record perch being caught and travelled to Holland.
With your VISpas you’re allowed to cast a line in over 90% of the Dutch surface waters. These waters are listed in the accompanying “Gezamenlijke lijst van Nederlandse viswateren” (Joint list of Dutch fishing waters), the booklet. VISplanner shows these waters in dark blue.
From now until October you have the best opportunity for an encounter with a specimen bass in the Dutch coastal waters. Apart from Zeeland and IJmuiden the port area of Rotterdam is the place to catch this silver gamefish. Brian Elward shows in his video how spectacular flyfishing for bass can be here.
Just by looking at the records you can see why the Netherlands is a superb country for anglers. Thanks to our ‘catch & release-culture’ fish can reach specimen size. In spring 2017 Sportvisserij Nederland and angling magazine Beet joined forces to register all freshwater angling records in the BNRZ list.
Lead does not belong in our waters. It’s unwanted and can be toxic. Certainly the self-lead casting is dangerous. Anglers lose sinkers containing lead and this is unwanted. The angling community likes a clean water environment and good fish stocks.
And off course…. a clean environment starts with yourself.
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.
In the Netherlands you’re allowed to engage in night fishing all year through. You do however – in addition to your VISpas – need a Night Fishing Permit. If you want to angle with three rods, you need a Third Rod Permit.
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