Commercial fisheries in Holland
There are some 40 commercial fishing ponds spread out over the Netherlands. After paying a fee, you’re free to angle here for a day – the VISpas does not apply here. The owner typically charges 15 to 20 euros a day.
There are trout ponds, carp ponds and even ponds with sturgeon (strong fish growing up to 50 kg!) and catfish.
Most ponds have a so-called ‘put & take’ system: a number of trout – mostly rainbow trout – are released for each visitor and whatever you catch you can take home. There are also ‘catch & release’ trout ponds – these are perfect for fly fishing. Some of these ponds harbour specimen rainbow trout that will put up a fierce fight when using a light fly rod. There are also pond complexes, where you may choose any of a number of ponds.
A day out fishing at a commercial fishing pond is very accessible and fun for everybody, the kids will love it too. Most ponds also sell food and drinks to enjoy with the fishing.