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.

VISpas 2021: now available to order online!

The VISpas 2021 and the NachtVIS- en Derde Hengeltoestemming can now be ordered online at www.vispas.nl. They will also be available for purchase at local angling stores starting in mid-December.

920 hectares of new water added to the VISpas

In 2020, thanks to lots of angling associations and federations, more than 920 hectares of new fishing waters have already been added to the VISpas. This means that you can use your VISpas in more and more fishing waters throughout the Netherlands.

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.

Fishing rights not necessarily access rights

Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch Angling Association) often receives the question of whether the VISpas allows you to enter the banks next to waters marked in dark blue in the VISplanner. The answer to that question is occasionally ‘no’. The right to fish in certain waters does not automatically give you the right to enter private property.

Keeping your catch: what do I need to know?

The Netherlands follows the ‘catch-and-release’ principle, especially in fresh waters. That means fish can grow to an impressive size here. However, your VISpas does allow you to keep a limited number of fish for your own consumption. Some of the most important rules for keeping your catch are explained below.

Lead-free angling

Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch angling association) has been working for several years to reduce the use of lead in angling due to its environmentally harmful effects. This report provides an update for German anglers on the use of lead in angling.

Raining record fish

Multitudes of anglers have been fanatically fishing in the Netherlands’ waters over the past few months, and they have caught some beautiful fish, including some potential record-breakers. Freshwater records are maintained in the BNRZ list (www.bnrz.nl), and saltwater records are updated annually in the NCRZ list (www.ncrz.nl). The size of the fish in the record lists are a good indication of the Netherlands’ potential as a sport fishing country.

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.

NachtVIStoestemming and Derde Hengeltoestemming: what you need to know

In many of the Netherlands’ fishing waters, you can fish at night all year long, but you must have a NachtVIStoestemming in addition to your VISpas. If you wish to fish using three rods in the Netherlands, then you also need a Derde Hengeltoestemming (Third Rod Permit).

Top-20 fishing destinations in the Netherlands

The tiny country of the Netherlands offers so many fishing waters that the choice can be overwhelming for many visiting anglers. Where should you begin? Fortunately, the fishing is good just about anywhere you go. In order to help you on your way, www.fishinginholland.nl has drawn up a list of the 20 most interesting sport fishing waters in the Netherlands.

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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