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The Netherlands is one of the world’s most “watery” countries. With almost the whole country below sea level, it’s practically a maze of waterways. Come fishing in Holland and discover wide rivers, narrow canals, and deltas. You can even head out to the North Sea to land some prized fish. 
 
With such a range of waters comes a range of fish, too. Some of Europe’s most delicious creatures call the Netherlands home, and you’ll get to test your skills to fill your charter boat with them all. Pike, Perch, Zander, Bream, Seabass, Cod, Mackerel – all the greats are here.
 
Hop aboard a fishing trip in Europe’s largest freshwater tidal range, the Biesbosch Natural Reserve; head out to sea nearby from Vrouenpolder or Vlissingen; or discover the capital’s famous Amstel River and beyond with a trip out of IJmuiden. 
 
There’s something for everyone when fishing in Holland, with charters catering for anywhere from two to 10 customers. Aboard anything from a kayak to a monster offshore sportfishing vessel, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day out. Choose from a half day or full day trip, and you can even jump on a shared trip to save on costs. 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler over the age of 15 in Holland requires a fishing license, called a “VISpas.” These permits will give you the right to fish in any of the country’s public waterways. These cover around 90% of Holland’s surface water, so it’s definitely worthwhile.
 
Other than that, you should always pay attention to the fishing seasons, but your experienced charter guide will make sure you only target those that are in season.
 
And now you’re ready to go fishing in Holland. Discover some of Europe’s most productive fishing grounds, and you’ll be sure to come back for more!
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Netherlands Fishing Seasons

January
Start the new year in true style, as you engage in some angling along Europe’s prime freshwater fishing grounds. Test your angling skills against some prized fish, before heading home with something tasty too.
February
Wrap up warm and hit the rich lakes and streams in central Holland, as you go on an exciting fishing trip to flee the winter blues. Perch and Zander will be top of your list, as you look to land a warming treat.
March
Saltwater fishing is starting to pick up come March, even if the weather can be hit and miss. Target Whiting in the bays, as well as plenty of prized freshwater fish on a thrilling trip to sea.
April
Tourists from all over the world flock to the Netherlands come spring, with the blooming tulips offering plenty in the way of beauty. Don’t forget to hop aboard a charter and get your fish on to make the most of it.
May
It’s time for the fishing to really come alive, as some of the offshore beasts team up with the inshore beauties to give you a real treat. Go after Mackerel, Carp, Garfish, and many more when May hits.
June
As the weather heats up, so does the fishing, with even more prized creatures appearing inshore, nearshore, and offshore. Perch and Seabass are the most noteworthy addition, so get your fish on!
July
As summer kicks in and the kids break up from school, there’s never been a better time to go fishing. Bring the whole family along and get everyone hooked on a healthy, fun, and productive activity.
August
With the great weather still shining down, for the most part, it’s also a great time to get on the water. Pike, Carp, and Zander feature inshore, while Mackerel, Garfish, and Seabass fill the seas for a fun-filled day out.
September
There’s always the chance that the summer could extend into September, so why not book a charter and make the most of it? The fishing is just as good as before, with the quieter waters providing better action.
October
While the season may feel like it’s drawing to a close, freshwater fishing has actually never been better. Perch and Pike hit their peak, while there are plenty of Carp and Zander still around for you to target.
November
Don’t miss your chance to get out on Holland’s productive fishing grounds before it’s too late. Hit the freshwater streams and lakes for the best action come November and go after some delicious creatures.
December
See out the year with an exciting fishing trip that’ll get the pulses racing and keep you warm. Target Perch, Pike, and Zander as you push your skills to the limit, and head home with something for dinner too.

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