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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.
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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.
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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 www.fishinginholland.nl.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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