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Places to go fishing

An anterior man sitting on a foortbridge while fishing in the lake, in the background the Alps
Wherever they go in Germany, fishermen will come across plenty of places with large, varied fish stocks. All of Germany's regions have any number of lakes, rivers, brooks and canals offering a combination of excellent water quality and large, varied fish stocks. From a little rowing boat on a lake to some serious deep-sea angling - in Germany, you can do it all. For information about the choice of rivers and lakes - and about fishing regulations, which vary from region to region (close seasons, etc.) - visit (German only) or contact the regional angling associations.

Fishing permit
To go fishing in Germany, you need to have a certificate of competence (fishing permit), though people whose permanent residence is outside Germany are exempt from this regulation. For more information, contact the fishing associations of the individual federal states. In addition to a fishing permit, you also need to have authorisation to fish in a particular stretch of water during a specific period. This can be purchased locally from the owner or leaseholder (generally a fishing club). Local tourist information offices can tell you where to do this.

There are exceptions: in Schleswig-Holstein's coastal waters, for instance, a fishing permit - or the exemption for non-residents - is sufficient and specific authorisation is not required.