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.

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.

Seabass season in full swing

From now until October you have the best opportunity for an encounter with a specimen bass in the Dutch coastal waters. Apart from Zeeland and IJmuiden the port area of Rotterdam is the place to catch this silver gamefish. Brian Elward shows in his video how spectacular flyfishing for bass can be here.

Check the Dutch freshwater records!

Just by looking at the records you can see why the Netherlands is a superb country for anglers. Thanks to our ‘catch & release-culture’ fish can reach specimen size. In spring 2017 Sportvisserij Nederland and angling magazine Beet joined forces to register all freshwater angling records in the BNRZ list.

Lead-free angling

Lead does not belong in our waters. It’s unwanted and can be toxic. Certainly the self-lead casting is dangerous. Anglers lose sinkers containing lead and this is unwanted. The angling community likes a clean water environment and good fish stocks. And off course…. a clean environment starts with yourself.

Angling clubs are important

As a VISpas owner you are a member of an angling club. Angling clubs are the veins of angling in the Netherlands. They represent the local angling interests, rent fishing rights and give the VISpas which allows you to fish.

Regulations and culture

In order to make sure that angling takes place in a responsible way, the Netherlands has a number of important rules. In the Netherlands catch and release is part of our angling culture.

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.

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.

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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