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.

New bnrz pikeperch record: 106 centimeters!

On 30 March 2021, German angler Andre Gießing was fishing in the Hollands Diep when he caught a pikeperch measuring no less than 106 cm. The record claim was recently received and approved by the BNRZ record committee. Gießing has therefore beaten the former Dutch record for pikeperch of 105 cm, set by Igor Vucenic in 2020, by 1 centimeter.

Summer predatory fish angling tips

Although predatory fish anglers might enjoy the best fishing during the summer, it is not always easy to catch fish during the warmer months of the year. We’ve listed the most important tips for catching four species of predatory fish in summer. Read on!

VISpas Hotspots: IJssel river near Deventer (Overijssel)

Anglers often have to walk long distances to reach the country’s major rivers. But the stretch of the IJssel river near Deventer (which is fully open to VISpas holders) is easily accessible from several free parking lots, especially on the west bank to the southwest of the city. And the water is a great spot for any fishing discipline.

28 May end of closed season - so start fishing! (video)

The closed season for different types of bait ends on Saturday, 28 May. That means starting from 28 May, you can once again fish using artificial bait and flies larger than 2.5 cm. So what are you waiting for? Get out on the water!

Charting the rise of the wels catfish

Fifteen years ago, the rise of the wels catfish in the Netherlands prompted Sportvisserij Nederland (Dutch angling association) to set up an online ‘Wels catfish hotline’ in order to map the spread of this significant sport fish. Catches have recently been registered by means of this hotline, enabling even better mapping of the distribution of this mysterious fish.

VISpas Hotspots: Maas-Waal Canal (Gelderland)

Although it is only 13.5 kilometres long, the canal connecting the Maas and Waal rivers is a popular water among anglers due in part to its wide variety of fish stocks. And you don’t need a local fishing permit, because the entire water is covered by the VISpas.

Online map: angling accommodations in the Netherlands

If you’re planning on angling in the Netherlands, then you probably want to stay as close to the water as possible so you don’t have to travel too far to your fishing spot. To help you find the perfect accommodations for your fishing trip, we’ve provided an overview of the best angling accommodations in the Netherlands via the interactive map at

Viewing tip: European Fishing League (video)

The Netherlands is a paradise for anglers according to the beautiful images in the YouTube series, European Fishing League (EFL). In this exciting lure fishing competition, the competitors fish in our very own beautiful waters.

New video: pike in the polder

At the end of February, a film crew from the German angling magazine Blinker visited the Netherlands for a few days to make videos about pike in the Netherlands. They were promised beforehand that there would be pike at every turn in the channels and polders around Woerden and Gouda. You can see for yourself if that was the case, in this great video!

VISpas Hotspots: Prinses Margrietkanaal (Friesland)

The almost 65 kilometre-long Prinses Margrietkanaal – running from the IJsselmeer at Lemmer all the way to the provincial border with Groningen – is an excellent angling spot for numerous reasons.

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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