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Croatia’s stunning emerald waters have captured the interest of vacationers the world over, from Plitvice National Park to Dubrovnik. Perfect for a little relaxation as well as epic scenes from the hit series Game of Thrones, there’s much more to these shores than pleasant scenery. Try fishing in Croatia once, and you’ll discover some of the best angling in Europe.

Top Fishing Spots in Croatia

The Adriatic Sea

The bright blue water of the Adriatic Sea is this region’s crowning jewel. The 430-mile long basin between Italy and Croatia is an endless source of adventure, whether you’re one for diving, snorkeling, luxury cruising, or deep sea fishing.

For anglers, the main attraction in these waters is Bluefin Tuna. Small and medium-sized Bluefins inhabit the southern Adriatic year-round, but it’s the giants which local anglers are mostly interested in. Big Bluefins make their entrance in spring, eventually reaching the northern part of the Adriatic in June. Anglers to the north catch them until November, while those on Croatia’s southern coast have the chance to fish for them through the end of the year.

The big game fishing Croatia has on its doorstep includes much more than Bluefin Tuna. Albacore, Swordfish, and Sharks are a common bycatch in these waters. Mahi Mahi appear in late summer and fall, while Seabream, Grouper, Mackerel, and many other bottom fish provide year-round action on the reefs just a few miles from shore. If you’re not keen on a day of deep sea fishing, a half day trip to the reefs is just the thing!

Danube River

Freshwater anglers will also have a field day fishing in Croatia. Among this country’s many lakes and rivers is the legendary Danube River, which weaves its way along the border between Croatia and Serbia in the north.

As the second largest river in Europe, the Danube offers anglers some big opportunities. Here you can fish for Carp, Catfish, Sturgeon, Bream, and Pike-Perch. June tends to be the most productive month, after the spring floodwaters recede. One of the best places to cast your line is the backwaters of Kopački Rit Nature Park, about a half-hour drive from Osijek.

The nearby Drava River also offers good sport fishing, where many anglers come to catch Pike, Carp, and Catfish.

Korana River

One of Croatia’s most accessible rivers is the Korana, which rises from the renowned Plitvice Lakes and stretches for 116 km (72 miles). After a day or two on the lakes, tourists can head here to fish for Pike and river Trout.

Gacka River

Gacka River is considered one of the best Grayling and Trout fishing waters in Europe. It’s not uncommon to land 3-4 kg (6.5-9 lb) Trout here. Only the upper part of this river is open to angling, and it’s restricted to fly fishing—excellent news for light tackle and fly fishing enthusiasts! Many people stay in and around Otočac when fishing the Gacka River.

Need to Know

Fishing Techniques

You can count on plenty of drift fishing on nearly any given big game fishing charter Croatia has to offer. Local anglers use this technique to target Tuna, Swordfish, and Sharks. Trolling is a secondary technique, usually used in spring to catch Mahi Mahi and smaller Tuna. Vertical jigging produces Dentex, Bonito, Amberjack, and other species near the reefs.

Other popular fishing methods include fly fishing and spearfishing, which has a long history in Croatia.

Regulations

A Croatian fishing license is required for anglers age 15 and older, whether fishing from a boat or on land. Many local charters provide a license for their customers, but it’s best to confirm this with the captain ahead of time.

Residents and visitors can buy a Croatian fishing license at local travel agencies, tourist offices, and port authorities. You must present your passport or another official form of ID upon purchase.

Visitors are welcome to purchase a fishing license for 1, 3, 7, or 30 days. Annual licenses are only available to citizens and permanent residents of Croatia.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with local regulations ahead of time, since some areas are not open to recreational fishing. Sport fishing in harbors, small ports, and public beaches is prohibited from May 1 - October 1.

Budget

You can typically expect to pay $600-$700 for a full day big game fishing trip in Croatia, depending on the size of your group. The ever-popular city of Dubrovnik tends to be more expensive, where full day trips range from $800 to over $1,000. Half day big game trips are less common, but you can find some for $300-500.

Reef fishing trips generally cost $300-$500. A shared trip may cost as little as $80 per person. Rates for night fishing and overnight charters are usually negotiated with the captain.

Getting Started

You’ll find fishing charters all along Croatia’s coast. Major fishing destinations in the south include Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Šibenik, Jezera, and Zadar. If you’re heading out of the Istrian Peninsula to the north, look for charter boats in Rovinj, Vrsar, and Poreč.

Chances are, an epic experience is waiting on these waters no matter where you set sail!

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January

The best of Croatia’s big game season is months away. For now, Conger Eel, small Tuna, and Seabass will keep you busy.

February

If you’re eager for an adrenaline rush, Shark fishing can produce excellent action early in the year. Blue and Thresher Sharks are a constant source of action around here!

March

In some years, larger Bluefin and Albacore Tuna start arriving in March. Meanwhile, fishing for Amberjack, little Tunny, and Bonito is excellent.

April

Monster Bluefin season is underway in the southern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. Spend a day chasing these bad boys and catch Swordfish, Sharks, and more while you’re at it!

May

Summer tourists are showing up, which makes this a great time to beat the crowds (and the heat) with some big game fishing offshore! Dentex and Mackerel provide good action on the reefs.

June

By June, big Bluefin Tuna have made their way all the way up to the Istrian Peninsula. Anglers up and down the coast are busy making the most of the peak season.

July

Head to the island of Korčula for their annual angling competition organized by the “Kanjac” fishing association. All are welcome to enter in this competition, held on July 27.

August

August offers nothing less than the best of Croatian big game fishing. Massive Bluefins are biting everywhere from Porec down to Dubrovnik, less than 10 miles from shore.

September

Tourists are making their way home and big game fish are swimming closer to shore than ever! Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and plenty of other trophies are in store.

October

Big game fishing continues to deliver, with every big game species at its peak—from Bluefin Tuna and Mahi Mahi to Swordfish.

November

Anglers on the north Adriatic are making the most of monster Bluefin Tuna season as it draws to a close. Farther south, fishermen will continue catching these brutes until the end of the year.

December

Weather permitting, you can enjoy great success on the sea at this time of year. Tuna, Amberjack, Sharks, and much more are biting. Make it a holiday to remember!

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Buy a squid like fake baits. Every fish like to eat them. Apart u can catch loads of mackerel so sabikies would be your choice. Bottom rigs with size from 4 to 1/0 hooks topped with small pieces of squid, mackerel, mussels and prowns would catch u anything. For bigger fishes bigger pieces of mackerel or squid and located in deeper places. Biggest species are out in the sea and best to be located with boats. Best regards ?
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Buy a squid like fake baits. Every fish like to eat them. Apart u can catch loads of mackerel so sabikies would be your choice. Bottom rigs with size from 4 to 1/0 hooks topped with small pieces of squid, mackerel, mussels and prowns would catch u anything. For bigger fishes bigger pieces of mackerel or squid and located in deeper places. Biggest species are out in the sea and best to be located with boats. Best regards ?
Wladyslaw  J.
Wladyslaw J. Germany
Great for Tuna, Bonito and Dentex! Book a few days with an experienced guide for a true adventure ?
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great for Tuna, Bonito and Dentex! Book a few days with an experienced guide for a true adventure ?
Vukan  S.
Vukan S. Beograd, Grad Beograd
Don't fish by your own - book a charter for sure, because they know some good spots and you will be successful :)
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't fish by your own - book a charter for sure, because they know some good spots and you will be successful :)
Michael  P.
Michael P. Rovinj, 18
Go for quantity and various species rather than targeting Tuna which aren't spawning in July.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go for quantity and various species rather than targeting Tuna which aren't spawning in July.
Andrew  D.
Andrew D. Zagreb, City Of Zagreb
Make sure you’re fishing the appropriate season depending on the fish you are going after. Sometimes moving your trip just a week can make a huge difference in terms of catch.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you’re fishing the appropriate season depending on the fish you are going after. Sometimes moving your trip just a week can make a huge difference in terms of catch.
Vukan  S.
Vukan S. Belgrade, Belgrade
Everything is well arranged. Make sure to communicate your plans and wishes properly through the messaging app or phone.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Everything is well arranged. Make sure to communicate your plans and wishes properly through the messaging app or phone.
Billy  S.
Billy S. Rotterdam, South Holland
Pick your days well, and give it time, dont get dissapointed early. Waiting does pay off!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Pick your days well, and give it time, dont get dissapointed early. Waiting does pay off!
Tomislav  K.
Tomislav K. Santa Cruz, El Beni
Take it easy! Lots to do besides fishing! Go snorkeling, swimming, island hopping etc!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take it easy! Lots to do besides fishing! Go snorkeling, swimming, island hopping etc!
Tan  S.
Tan S. Singapore, 01
Try and go very early or very late in the day. We went in the middle of the day but were still fortunate enough to catch a lot because of the Dragan and Ante’s experience.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try and go very early or very late in the day. We went in the middle of the day but were still fortunate enough to catch a lot because of the Dragan and Ante’s experience.
John  T.
John T. Zagreb, 21
beautiful weather and calm sea .. just the most beautiful day in Dubrovnik thanks to Maro!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
beautiful weather and calm sea .. just the most beautiful day in Dubrovnik thanks to Maro!
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FishingBooker Member Zagreb, City Of Zagreb
I can only say best water best weather and the friendliest people who could get to know you with all the fishing adventures. Do not be deceived.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I can only say best water best weather and the friendliest people who could get to know you with all the fishing adventures. Do not be deceived.
Stefan  H.
Stefan H. Berlin, Land Berlin
Many great positions from the coast, but the best is to go out with the boat!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Many great positions from the coast, but the best is to go out with the boat!
Ivan
Ivan Zagreb, City Of Zagreb

Vacation 4tuna
Vacation 4tuna
Fishing charter in Krk
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
miha's guiding focuses on the essentials, no frills. he was very well prepared (bait) and very flexible (best fishing times). you can tell he loves the sea and fishing. he has a comprehensive knowledge, including fish ecology and biology, and passes it on in an understandable way. jonathan and i enjoyed the tour very much. the catch of a wonderful dentex was based on the experience and preparation of miha. thanks a lot for that. we look forward to seeing you again. martin und jonathan
Martin  M.
Martin M. Wörgl, Tyrol
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Fishing charter in Dubrovnik
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Capitan excellent Fishing excellent Absolutely brilliant day coughs loads of fish the captain when above and beyond to help us 🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠
Neil  B.
Neil B. United Kingdom
Sparus Boats
Sparus Boats
Fishing charter in Split
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Had a great trip with Marin and had a lot of fun. The day began with a stonefish double drill which was very funny - unfortunately, it were our last ones but we caught some other fish species like the spider fish. We can recommend it :)
Tea  K.
Tea K. Teltow, Brandenburg
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Fishing charter in Dubrovnik
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Wir haben die Zeit mit Serdan sehr genossen. Wir waren 4 junge Männer aus Deutschland und hatten einen ganzen Tag mot Serdan auf dem Wasser gebucht. Alles war sehr unkompliziert auch die Kommunikation. Wir haben einiges gefangen und Serdan hat uns ein paar Coole Spots gezeigt. Wir hätten uns ein bisschen mehr Kommunikation auf dem Boot gewünscht, so nach dem Motto was wir fangen wollen, wie und was als nächstes auf dem Plan steht. Ansonsten war alles super, auf Wünsche wurde gut eingegangen.
Silas  B.
Silas B. Croatia
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
Parfaite organisation, le jeune qui nous a accompagné était très sympa. Nous n'avons pas attrapé des gros poissons mais la pêche était malgré ça très intéressante ! Nous avons eu énormément du plaisir et n'avons pas vu le temps passé !
Molodova  L.
Molodova L. St. Gallen, Saint Gallen
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Fishing charter in Dubrovnik
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
We took half day fishing tour, the most I liked that Srdan fully supported us to prepare kits - we didn’t even touch dead fish, only what we caught, he showed different places around and was friendly
Maria  K.
Maria K. Moscow, Moscow
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
Experienced crew and good spots. Also nice boat and equipment. We did the trip with our children, who also had a lot of fun. Everything was fine. We had a great day with some well tasting catches 😀.
Jochen  B.
Jochen B. Munich, Bavaria
Sparus Boats
Sparus Boats
Fishing charter in Split
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We had absolutely fantastic half day fishing trip with Marin as a skipper and master fisherman! Qe were able to catch big scorpion-fish and snake-fish apart from lots of small ones. Marin knows a lot of fishing spots with really high chances of catching!! All my family and even my wife and kids enjoyed this trip. Marin helped all of us to learn how to fish and come out as a true fishermen! Highly recommend this unforgettable experience!!
Ivan  G.
Ivan G. Croatia
Vacation 4tuna
Vacation 4tuna
Fishing charter in Krk
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
It was a great day although we didn't catch anything! I gained a lot of experience how to fish with livebait and learned a lot. All in all it was a very nice day! I can recommend this trip for everyone who is interrested in seafishing. Thank you for the trip! Lorenz
Lorenz  R.
Lorenz R. Croatia
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Tisno
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 11 reviews
Very competent and friendly Captain. Top Equipment as well. And good results 🥇 best Big Game ever 💪🏼🎣😊
Lennard  R.
Lennard R. Germany
Cabo Big Game Fishing
Cabo Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Vodice
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Brilliant day out with a knowledge and friendly guide landed 2 awesome Tuna, thoroughly recommend
Martin  C.
Martin C. United Kingdom
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 55 reviews
It was a great experience for the family including for those not fishing. Daddy and son were fishing while sister and mother were assisting. It was a bit windy and wavy day, but our crew did their utmost to turn the morning into success. Whilst we were not lucky with any serious catch small entertaining catches killed the time 😀!
Balazs  E.
Balazs E. Karad, Somogy Megye
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
We celebrated my dad’s birthday, paying for this fishing trip that was amazing! We had a great time, thank you! I recommend everyone to try it! I almost forgot the blue laguna…
Kalydi  R.
Kalydi R. Zagreb, City Of Zagreb
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
Great captain boat and fishing equipment. Caught alot of different species of fish. Also ivan brought us to a beautifull swimming place to cool off after all the fish we caught. Would have booked the full day trip for big game fishing if i had the time. Amazing experience!
Marco  M.
Marco M. Netherlands
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Tisno
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 11 reviews
Great day at sea with the captain, i really recommend this trip to people who loves fishing
Sime  T.
Sime T. Newnan, GA
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Fishing charter in Dubrovnik
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
We had an amazing time with Srdan the whole trip. He was very friendly and knew amazing locations. The fishing was very educational and high performing despite challenging conditions. All recommendations for Srdan and Dubrovnik area.
Ilija  O.
Ilija O. Zagreb
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Dubrovnik Fishing – 23'
Fishing charter in Dubrovnik
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Great trip, the boat and all equipment was great, Srdan is very helpful and experienced fisherman. We even caught a rayfish!
Ausra  G.
Ausra G. Vilnius, Vilnius
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Sharky Big Game Fishing
Fishing charter in Tisno
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 11 reviews
The captain are very pacient,know places on sea where big fish eat.Was a good experience
Visan  R.
Visan R. Sukosan, 13
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing Adventure Trogir
Fishing charter in Trogir
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 55 reviews
We had a great time and bountiful fishing. I definitely recommend, and will come back if I have a chance!
Marcin  P.
Marcin P. Zagreb, City Of Zagreb
Tunana Fishing Charter
Tunana Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Medulin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Thanks so much for that unbelievable Moments on Board! Such a nice Crew, perfect boat and an awesome fishing day! I will come back again.
Tobias  K.
Tobias K. Croatia

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Croatia

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Croatia costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $446, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $709. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Croatia is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Fishing Adventure Trogir, eFISHent, and Valfinity Sea Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Croatia. Full list of top fishing charters in Croatia.

Fishing Adventure Trogir, eFISHent, and Valfinity Sea Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Croatia.

The best way to experience fishing in Croatia is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Croatia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dentex, Amberjack, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, jigging, and trolling. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Weather permitting, you can enjoy great success on the sea at this time of year. Tuna, Amberjack, Sharks, and much more are biting. Make it a holiday to remember! Check availability for local fishing charters in Croatia.