Anglers often have to walk long distances to reach the country’s major rivers. But the stretch of the IJssel river near Deventer (which is fully open to VISpas holders) is easily accessible from several free parking lots, especially on the west bank to the southwest of the city. And the water is a great spot for any fishing discipline.
The IJssel is known for its constant current and for its high water periods, especially in (early) spring. During high water, the adjacent pools and floodplains are usually completely inundated. The IJssel varies in width from 100 to 120 meters near Deventer, and the hard river bed is composed of a mix of rocks, gravel and mussel beds.
Root-proof sheeting covers the bed in some places, especially near the groynes. The banks are covered with very large basalt blocks, and the constant current and shipping traffic limit the visibility under water. So the river generally lacks aquatic plants outside of the space between the groynes.
Coarse fish The strong current makes it an ideal place for almost-forgotten techniques, such as fishing with a pole using only cage feeders or under the tip, without a float. If you like float fishing the heavy current floats are best. Between the groynes, you can also use lighter floats to catch asp and common bleak on summer evenings.
To have a better chance at catching larger fish, like bream, ide, barbel or roach weighting more than a kilogramme, it’s a good idea to use a feeder rod.
Use a rod around four meters long, and a basket weighing at least 150-200 grams.
The ‘A1 kolk’ (look for ‘Wilpseplas on Google Maps) immediately south of the A1 motorway is an excellent starting point to catch less active coarse fish.
The barbel is a typical IJssel river fish.
Bolt rigs are used to catch almost all carp caught in the IJssel near Deventer, because of the strong current – even though the stock is mainly composed of long, powerful swimmers like common carp. Don’t be surprised if you have to unhook a large barbel, especially if you’re fishing in the middle of the current.
The A1 whirlpool is a popular spot for carp anglers because the water is easy to reach, and because the stock of fish is rich and constantly refilled when the river floods. Night fishing
, a third rod
and the use of tents and blinds are all permitted here for holders of the VISpas and the relevant supplementary permits.
The strolling angler can enjoy the banks of the IJssel year-round, but the best time to catch a pike or pikeperch is definitely in summer.
Use a rod and reel that is around 2.5 meters long combined with small soft plastics on jigs weight 14 to 28 grams.
On long, warm summer evenings, you can use small lures and quick casts on the surface to catch big asps and ides.
The marina in Deventer has a paid boat ramp if you prefer fishing on the water. The local wels catfish stocks are thriving at the moment, which makes them an ideal catch for adventurers who can appreciate a large, powerful fish.
Heavy shipping traffic When fishing along the IJssel, be aware of the shipping traffic and the resulting heavy waves and undertow, especially between the groynes. Use a sturdy rod stand that you don’t have to stick into the ground, and secure your rod when fishing for barbel and carp, because river fish can strike and run with a lot of power.