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.

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.

Come and stalk carp in the Netherlands!

Are you a carp angler? Then you can indulge yourself in the Netherlands with all its ditches, polders, urban waters and ponds. In every water you’ll find carp, and by stalking them you are bound to spot the fish easily. Spring is the perfect season for mobile carp fishing.

Still don’t have a VISpas 2022? Then order it online today!

The VISpas 2022 is now available for purchase online or via Dutch angling retailers. VISpas 2022 holders can fish in waters all over the Netherlands for the entire calendar year.

Closed season: what’s the deal? (video)

When fishing in the Netherlands you have to take into account a number of closed seasons. For example, there is the closed season for certain types of bait and the closed season for certain fish species. Especially for pike, zander and perch this sometimes gives rise to confusion. In this video we will explain the deal on the different closed seasons.

VISpas permissions: where are they valid?

Many fanatical anglers order the national NachtVIStoestemming and/or Derde Hengeltoestemming along with their VISpas. Some of them think they allow them to fish at night or with three rods anywhere in the Netherlands, but that is unfortunately not the case.

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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