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 in lots of waters 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.

VISpas 2020: now available to order online!

The VISpas 2020 and the NachtVIS- en Derde Hengeltoestemming can now be ordered online at They will also be available for purchase at local angling stores starting in mid-December.

Need a fishing guide? Check out the Fishing in Holland map! (video)

The interactive map is an extremely useful feature of the Fishing in Holland platform. The map includes details of 26 professional fishing guides, spread all across the Netherlands. If you don’t have time to do your research, then hiring a fishing guide is the ideal solution.

Street fishing in Groningen

No less than 150 angling fanatics came together in Groningen on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, battling for victory in the first ever edition of Freestyle Live. This new competition was organised by Spro Freestyle, Franks Angeltouren and Sportvisserij Groningen Drenthe.

New Dutch record pike

Recently the old BNRZ-record for pike – a 134 centimetre long fish, caught by Nico Molkens in March 2017 – was smashed and improved by a whopping 4 centimetres. So now the official Dutch record pike measures 138 centimetres.

Winter: high season for pike fishing

The Netherlands has some wonderful pike waters. In winter, the aquatic plants begin to die off, making the waters ideal for fishing for predator fish. Wander through the polders or cast a line from a boat through the waterways, canals or rivers - it’s up to you. Pike are also in excellent condition this time of year.

New water in the VISpas

Each year, Sportvisserij Nederland works to add more fishing waters to the VISpas. In 2019, almost 1,000 hectares of new water were opened to fishing with the VISpas, so your VISpas is worth even more every year. All of these new fishing waters are listed in the VISplanner.

Fishing and Boating Show 2019 – online ticket sales are open!

Order your ticket online today and enjoy a 25 percent discount, plus win a chance at a fishing trip for four people to Iceland, valued at 6,000 euros! From Friday, 29 November to Sunday, 1 December, the Jaarbeurs Utrecht will be home to the 18th edition of the Fishing and Boating Show; Europe’s biggest fishing event! Order tickets online today for a 25% discount (excl. € 1 transaction fee) and avoid the line at the entrance. manage your details online is an online service environment by Sportvisserij Nederland, in which you as a VISpas holder – even a German VISpas holder – can easily manage your personal information! Depending on your PC settings, a German language version can be generated automatically or manually via Google Translate. Register today and benefit from even faster and better service.

Here it is: the VISpas 2020

The design for the new VISpas 2020 is now complete. From almost 1,500 submissions of the best fishing photos for the VISpas 2020, we have chosen five finalists. We’ll tell the stories behind the five winning photos below. The German members can expect to receive their VISpas 2020 by post in December. New members can also order the VISpas 2020 via starting from 1 December.

Come over and catch a Dutch pike!

Are you a pike angler or do you fancy to catch this cool predator? Then plan a fishing holiday to Holland. Pike fishing can be done everywhere in this country abounded in water, using all kinds of different fishing techniques. Moreover March is a very good month for pike fishing.

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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