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.

American angler wets a line in Amsterdam

In the USA you might be used to catch walleye en yellow perch, but here in Holland we have other species who grow bigger. We have zander and perch. Check out this video where you see an American angler catching good fish in our capital city.

Check the Dutch Fish-calendar

In our fishing calendar you can see exactly when it's the best period to catch specific species in The Netherlands. It also shows you exactly when there's a closed season (R).

Where am I allowed to fish? Check VISplanner! (video)

The VISplanner was specially developed for you, the angler, so that you can find out in an instant where you’re allowed to angle with your VISpas. The VISplanner is freely available as an app for iOS and Android and as a website and a mobile site.

Nightfishing and third rod

In the Netherlands you’re allowed to engage in night fishing all year through. You do however – in addition to your VISpas – need a Night Fishing Permit. If you want to angle with three rods, you need a Third Rod Permit.

Closed seasons: this is how it works!

The closed seasons for specific types of bait and fish are a source of confusion for anglers every year. Especially because the closed season for pike starts earlier than that for fishing with artificial bait, a piece of fish or a dead fish.

Changes in regulations on seabass

As of 1 January 2017, the Council of European fisheries ministers amended the regulations with regard to seabass.

Watch out for ticks! (video)

A growing percentage of ticks in the Netherlands is infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Anglers scouring the water’s edge are at a significant risk of a tick bite, so make sure to take precautions.

New waters included in the VISpas

One of the most common requests from anglers is that they want to be able to fish in as many waters as possible while using only one single VISpas. In 2017 we will regularly add new waters to the Joint list of Dutch fishing waters. Sometimes these will be waters that previously were only open for fishing to a single angling association. In other cases, it’s about a body of water that is completely new to angling. As of currently these waters have been added to the VISplanner.

Trout released in the Lauwersmeer (video)

Last week 650 kg of (sea) trout was released in several places around the Lauwersmeer. These releases were part of the project ‘Vissen voor verbinding’ (‘fishing for connection’): in order to make the original system of creeks running from the head reach in Drenthe (Peizerdiep) to the Lauwersmeer work as one ecological whole again.

Sharkfishing in The Netherlands? That's possible!

Denk je aan Nederland, dan denk je waarschijnlijk niet meteen aan haaien. Onterecht, want de haaienpopulatie langs de Nederlandse kust is aan een sterke opmars bezig! Zo worden er de laatste jaren door diverse charterboten in Zeeland al speciale, zeer succesvolle haaientrips georganiseerd. Daarbij wordt doorgaans kort onder de kust en zelfs op de Oosterschelde gevist op gladde haaien – een relatief onschuldige maar zeer fraaie haaiensoort die tot ruim over de meter lang wordt.

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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