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 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.

Bill for European lead ban

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has proposed banning the use of lead for hunting and fishing within the European Union. This proposal is the result of research and evaluation of the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead in these sectors. The proposal to the European Commission is to ban both the sale and the use of lead in angling (as weights and lures) within the next few years.

Record catches overview 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before went fishing in the Netherlands in 2020. With more people fishing, there were far more opportunities to break records, and both the Nederlandse Commissie Record Zeevissen (NCRZ) and the Nederlandse Recordlijst Zoetwatervissen (BNRZ) received unusually high numbers of record claims.

Two World Championships in the Netherlands

This year, the Netherlands will host not one, but two World Championships. In August, the Women’s Freshwater Fishing World Championship will be held on the Lange Vaart near Lelystad, followed by the very first Streetfishing World Championship in November.

Coronavirus and fishing in the Netherlands

The situation related to the coronavirus can change at any time. In the event of a new outbreak, the Netherlands may take strict control measures, such as closing off areas of the country or even closing the national borders to travellers. International anglers travelling to the Netherlands should therefore understand that it is their responsibility to decide if they wish to accept that risk.

Updated 'frequently asked questions'

‘Can I use the VISpas to fish anywhere? And ‘Can I fish anywhere in the Netherlands at night or with three rods?’ are just a couple of the questions that are often asked. Answers to these questions and others are now easy to access in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ module at www.fishinginholland.nl.

Construction of fish migration channel officially begins

On 28 May 1932, the last gap in the Afsluitdijk was filled in. But now, almost 90 years later, a new gap is being created. With the construction of the ‘coupure’ through the Afsluitdijk, work has officially begun on the fish migration channel at Kornwerderzand. Over the next four years, a unique fish passage will be built right across the Afsluitdijk, allowing fish to swim freely between the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. As a result, many species of fish will be able to reach their breeding grounds and other habitats, in some cases as far away as Germany and Switzerland.

Angling fine amounts 2021

The fine amounts for 2021 have recently been announced. The public prosecutor’s office has increased several of the fines.

VISpas Hotspots: Het Oude Maasje

When the Maas river was dammed near Hedihuizen in 1273, much of the downstream riverbed remained full of water. One of these so-called ‘Oude Maasjes’ (Old Maas) is the 13 kilometre-long stretch near Waspik (see photo right) that has been open to fishing with the VISpas for many years.

New VISpas water

Thanks to the continuing collaboration between angling associations, federations and Sportvisserij Nederland, the list of VISpas waters has recently been expanded. You can find all of the new fishing waters in the VISplanner app and the 2021 Supplement to the VISpas 2021.

Rules on sea bass, January-March 2021

As a result of Brexit – which also requires amendments to countless laws and regulations in relation to fishing – we have only been given confirmation of the rules on sea bass for the first quarter of 2021. In January and February, anglers must release all sea bass that they catch, while in March a ‘bag limit’ of two fish will apply, with due observance of the minimum size of 42cm.

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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