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.

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. 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.

Kanalgratis goes zander fishing in Holland (video)

In the newest Kanalgratis video Tobias Ekvall teams up with Fishing in Holland team member Pieter Beelen to go fishing for zander in the Netherlands. They fish in the river Eem near Amersfoort – a real hotspot for zander!

September: peak month for the sea angler

September might announce the end of the summer, but ‘summer guests’ as mullet, mackerel, sole, needlefish and sea bass are still to be caught in the upcoming weeks. The seawater temperature only starts to decrease from October, which will announce a gradual shift towards winter species as dab and whiting – sea bass can be caught during the whole month of October.

Italian YouTube crew fishing for XL-perch in holland

The Netherlands are a fantastic place to fish for perch, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed in Italy either. After seeing record size perch being caught in the Dutch rivers and the adjacent lakes, Paolo, Luca and Francesco form the Italian ‘Fisheye Club’ YouTube channel decided to visit the lowlands earlier this year in March.

Blinker staff visits the Netherlands

During the opening days of the predator season Blinker editors Florian Pippardt and Johannes Radtke went fishing on the river Eem near Amersfoort. They teamed up with Fishing in Holland team member Pieter Beelen and rented bikes to get around – no high-tech fishing boat or car this time!

Caza Y Pesca (video)

In December 2018 Ignacio Rojo travelled to the Netherlands for a fishing trip. The presenter of the Spanish hunting and fishing programme ‘Caza Y Pesca’ and his film crew wanted to capture the Dutch predator fishing in winter.

Lurefishing in the Netherlands: the season is almost open!

On the last Saturday in May - which falls on the 25th this year - anglers will once again be able to fish using all types of lures and dead bait in Dutch inland waters. Late May and early July is a great time to fish for zander, but also for asp.

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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