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Fishing in the Netherlands

The main fishing areas in the Netherlands are the North Sea, rivers and big lakes - there are also good fish supplies in the eastern part of the Netherlands in rivers, canals and seas. Trout breeding clubs can also be visited, and in the Amsterdam area, the Bosbaan artificial pond is worth a visit (south of the city). Sport fishing in the Netherlands is organised and monitored by Amateur Fishing Netherlands (Sportvisserij Nederland). Permits are required to fish. The VISpas (fishing pass) is a credit card-sized permit which allows the holder fishing rights according to the terms of the pass they have chosen. The VISpas, introduced in 2007, replaced the previously required permits, the Sportvisakteand the Vergunningen. Various types of VISpas are available and each acts as proof of membership of a fishing club. The holder must also have a booklet (issued with the card) which lists permissible fishing waters, the Lijsten van Viswateren. A standard VISpas permits fishing with two rods and all permissible bait.Anglers under the age of fifteen are allowed to fish without an angling licence as long as they are accompanied by a permit holder. If a person under fifteen wishes to fish with two rods they require a Junior VISpas - the JeugdVISpas. The Small Fishing Pass (KleineVISpas) is available to people who are not members of a fishing club and allows fishing in a limited number of waters and with one rod only.

Night fishing is allowed across the Netherlands on most stretches of water from 1 June through 31 August. For the remainder of the year, angling is not permitted from two hours after sunset until one hour before sunrise. The LNV has exempted some waters from these regulations and night fishing is not allowed at any time on Lake IJsselmeer and the open harbours bordering it. The permit issued by the owner of the fishing rights will provide further information. There are closed seasons for certain species of fish. If any such fish is caught during the closed season, it should be released, unharmed immediately in the same stretch of water in which it was caught. Certain species are protected by Dutch conservation or endangered species laws. It is forbidden to fish (catch or use an angling technique that is known to specifically target) the following species: Spotted bleak, brook lamprey, lampern, stone loach, bitterling, minnow, sheatfish, large and small gudgeon, bullhead, sturgeon, catfish and houting. If one of these species are caught by accident, it should be released immediately in the same stretch of water in which it was caught. Likewise if the fish caught is smaller than the size limit for that species, it should be released unharmed immediately in the same stretch of water in which it was caught. If the fish cannot be identified, it is best to release it.

Grass carp should always be released as the species has a role in controlling underwater vegetation. Stocking grass carp may only take place with the permission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. A peur is a hookless line, usually connected to a stick, to holds a clump of worms on a length of wool. This type of tackle is used for specialised eel fishing. A peur licence is needed in addition to other permits as the other documents. There is a limit on the number of peur permits issued.

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Mike is beyond Knowledgeable about fishing and he is great to spend time with on the boat!


Michael is a great guy with a lot of know-how! A tour with him is highly recommended! Service is very important here! Best regards, my friend


Great day fishing yesterday with Michael and I will have to say that I have used many other guides and Michael has a top notch operation. Very nice organized boat with very nice tackle. We were able to get 4 fat Zander and a large bonus pike! Besides that, the area wes great also. The air smelled of chocolate and real working windmills in the backdrop! Thanks again for a wonderful time!


We had an AMAZING time fishing with Michael. He is extremely talented, friendly, and his English is great. We caught some great zander, and the biggest pike I've ever seen. He recommended us a great place to get some herring when we were done, showed us the local windmills, and dropped us off in a park to stroll through on the way back to the train station. If I'm ever back in Amsterdam, I'm going fishing with Michael again.

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