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.

Lead-free alternatives: inspiration and tips

As a result of European regulations, lead is well on its way to being banned from sport fishing. Alternatives are therefore also desperately needed. Sportvisserij Nederland has a handy overview of the already available alternatives on its website.

New video: pike fishing in the Netherlands

The latest video of the international YouTube-angling channel Kanalgratis is all about pike fishing in the Netherlands – pike paradise! This cool video – with loads of fish and stunning landscapes – is ‘a must see’ for all predator anglers.

Bag limit for seabass in the last part of 2018!

From the first of October till the end of 2018 anglers are allowed to keep one seabass for the table per person per day. This success has a long history.

Fishing in Holland map: Maasplassen Roermond

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.

The Dutch fishing calendar

Would you like to know which period is the best to target the most popular Dutch fish species? Check the fishing calendar!

Fishing in Friesland

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.

New video: Giant Dutch perch

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.

New video: Dutch polder carp

Good news: in collaboration with online angling channel ANGELNplus we made a new video: Carp fishing in the Dutch Polders! Exclusive for we present a 15 minute version to you! De full movie – it lasts 30 minutes – is only available for subscribers of ANGELNplus and Blinker.

Summer surf fishing from Dutch beaches

Summer surf fishing from Dutch beaches. When you think of summer, you think of the beach. Did you know that fishing from Dutch beaches can be very good? During the summer months these beaches mainly produce sole and seabass, but especially in Zeeland you can even catch smooth-hounds.

Where am I allowed to angle with my VISpas?

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.

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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