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Fishing in Portugal

Portugal is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, bordered by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. With over 65 lakes, a coastline of around 1,115 miles (1,794 km), and a little bit over 250 rivers, Portugal is undoubtedly the perfect fishing destination. We’re not even going to mention the lovely climate, and how Portugal has one of the highest fish consumption per capita in the world. This is exactly why any avid fisherman would love to visit Portugal at least once in their life.

Fishing comes naturally to the Portuguese, which is why you simply need to book yourself a spot on a fishing adventure today! So, grab your barbless flies and let’s geWhen it comes to sea fishing, Portugal's waters are home to hundreds of types of marine fish, including tuna, sardines, swordfish, bass, plaice, bream, blue fish, salmon bass, and even sharks.

As for freshwater, the season for river trout is March 1st to August 31st in certain bodies of water and April 1st to September 30th in others. Also from Pesca ICNF, during the period in which fishing for trout or trout fishing is prohibited, fishing for all other species in these waters is also prohibited. Night fishing is allowed for some waters but not all, which is one extra reason we recommend fishing with a guide who knows the local regulations. If night fishing isn't allowed where you're going, we recommend you discover the nightlife, or simply get a refreshing eight hours of sleep in preparation for the next day’s fishing adventure.

If you’re looking for shad, you can find it from February to July in all of Portugal’s rivers; outside that time frame, it’s only found at sea. You can find salmon in the Minho and Lima rivers, between March and July. The sturgeon can be found in pretty much all the rivers in Portugal, between January and July. If you’re interested in the barbel, know that it is available in all streams and rivers, between July and March. Search for largemouth bass between July to March in the Bonavente and Salvaterra de Magios, Agueda River region, Meranhão Reservoir, Valle de Gaio Reservoir, Elvas region, Algarve dams and a few other regions. The trout is available from March to July, in the lakes and streams in the Serra da Estrella mountains and the Alge, Mindho, and Lima rivers. As for the carp, find it from July to MarchFor deep sea fishing, where you can find tuna, sharks, swordfish, salmon bass, ray, broadbill, marlin, and scabbard, it’s best you go to Nazaré, Peniche, Sesimbra, and Sines. For bass, sole, bream, mackerel, red mullet, sea mullet, shad, blue fish, porgie, glaucus, golden bream, and conger eel the best spots are Alentejo coast, Povoa de Varzim, Sagres, Faro, Albufeira, Quarteira, Vila Real de Santo António, Peniche, Sesimbra, Lagos, and Portimão. For the grey mullet, bass, mackerel, squalus, whiting, and bream, we recommend Ericeira, the Algarve coast, Cape St. Vincent, and Sagres. Don't forget that the Azores and Madeira are a part of Portugal too! If you're visiting the Azores, consider North Shore Sea Tours on São Miguel Island or Pro Island Tour on Terceira Island for a fishing trip.

The top season for offshore fishing in Portugal in the Azores runs from July to late October, when the gulf stream brings blue marlin and bluefin tuna to feed off of the Azores. In addition to those trophy fish, there is the chance to catch white marlin, bigeye and yellowfin tuna, spearfish, swordfish, and mako sharks, too. In Madeira, the blue and white marlin seasons runs generally from May to October. In addition to the marlin, there are resident albacore, dorado, spearfish, bigeye tuna, bluefin tuna, skipjack, amberjack, and wahoo, ensuring there is fishing all year around. Blue sharks are the most commonly caught shark, but it is not unheard of to catch Mako and hammerhead, too. Most fishing here is done in small boats a few miles offshore, where most of these species of fish are the most plentiful and are more readily available. It is highly recommended to get a guide as they will help you in all of the logistics and planning, as well as have a more thorough knowledge of the area which will lead to catching more and bigger fish.

To summarize, during July through August the offshore fishing will be heating up for tuna and marlin since the gulf stream will be closer to shore, and there are plenty of resident pelagic fish to catch. If you're looking for offshore fishing in Europe, Portugal is one of the top places to go. It is a beautiful country and the scenery alone is worth the trip, but with its amazing fishing you will not want to ever leave.

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