Portugal

Fishing in Portugal

A wide variety of fish can be found in the rivers and lakes of Portugal, in the inshore coastal waters and deep sea, where big-fish angling is possible. There are various competitions for men, women, juniors and disabled and several major fishing festivals through the year. It is a fantastic fishingdestination with a long season and lots of different fish and angling experiences.

Popular forms of fishing in Portugal include big game fishing, fresh water fishing, beach casting and cliff fishing. More and more Portugal is a destination for coarse, specimen, feeder, and fly fishing and it has some of the best carp fishing in Europe.

What Types Of Fishing

In our seas, big game , tournament-sized marlin and bluefin tuna, mako and swordfish , beach casting for bass, mullet and mackerel, role fishing for whiting, bream and bass, inshore fishing all along the coastline, underwater fishing around several islands, dozens of deep sea world records.
Many of Portugal´s waterways are only rarely fished and so have a great reputation amongst those in the know for large fish, with particularly huge carp found near the dams. Other fish to try for include wels catfish, bass, barbel, shad, sturgeon, chub and pike. Anglers who prefer fly fishing should head to the Northern rivers for salmon, rainbow trout and trout where you’ll also find European bullhead and spined loach.
In Figueiró dos Vinhos council, and the whole mountain region of Portugal, rivers and streams hold a huge array of species like rainbow trout, brown trout, sea trout, barbel, black-bass, carp, perches, and pike to name just a few.

Licenses

An Enviroment Agency rod licence is required to fish in freshwater in Portugal if you are 16 years or over.

You will need a license from the national or local authorities for fresh water fishing in Portugal but fishing trip organisers and guides will normally arrange this for you and will be able to give you detailed information about seasonal restrictions and other regulations.

There are two types of licences available:
•The General licence (National, Regional or Municipal)
• The Special licence (Fishing Concessions and in Reserved Fishing Areas only) a general licence is required in addition to this special licence).
If you prefer to fish independently you can get a permit cheaply from the Enviroment Agency (General license) or the local council (Special license) but you will need ID and it may take a day or so to come through.
A General licence is needed for sea fishing, and a Special licence for fishing in inland waters is required for fishing in rivers and lakes. There are a number of different types of general licence:
• National Licence: allows the holder to fish all over the country where fishing is not restricted, including the offshore islands
• Regional Licence: allows the holder to fish either in the north, south or centre of the country
• Local Licence: allows fishing only in the rivers and lakes in a given local authority district Special Licences are also available:
• Special Licence for Restricted Areas: is required for fishing in protected or reserved zones at certain times of the year
• Special Licence: for some visiting anglers without a Portuguese Residency Permit

If you are a foreign citizen, you can buy a General Fishing license at the Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation (icnf@icnf.pt) and indicate the number of the passport, ID in the original country or the residence authorisation in Portugal.

rules:
Also, in the case of the foreign fishermen, non-resident in Portugal, they can fish only with Special Licences in the Fishing Concessions and in the Reserved Fishing Areas, and they are excused from obtaining a General Licence. It is an offence to practice angling without a valid license. If you are caught angling without license, you will be prosecuted and fined accordingly.
Cost of General licences:
• National – 6.49 €
• Regional – 3.49 €
• Municipal – 1.40 €
Cost of Special licenses depends on the local authorities rules.

Catch and Release

We would like all anglers to consider not only if, but also how they can practice catch and release. We recommend that anglers practice skilful catch and release to help preserve these valuable stocks and the quality of angling in the future.

Local rules rules

There is a series of local bye-laws in different regions and may vary from river to river and between fishing clubs and communities.
For more details see:
http://www.icnf.pt/portal/pesca/pdesportiva/cpd
Generally speaking, the freshwater fishing season runs between April and November. Fishing is not allowed between sunset and sunrise.

Find out about fishing permits and how to get one, Portuguese terms for fish and equipment, sea and freshwater (including information on the lengths of the seasons for each fish) fishing in:
• Portuguese Directorate-General of Agriculture and Fisheries
• Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation
• The Portuguese Sport Fishing Federation (in Portuguese)
• Município de Figueiró dos Vinhos
• Angling Holidays in Portugal (practical information on the fish to be found and regulations concerning catches)

Reminder of Rules

There are two types of licences available:
•The General licence (National, Regional or Municipal)
• The Special licence (Fishing Concessions and in Reserved Fishing Areas only) a general licence is required in addition to this special licence). foreign fishermen, non-resident in Portugal, they can fish only with Special Licences in the Fishing Concessions and in the Reserved Fishing Areas, and they are excused from obtaining a General Licence.
•Fishing season from April to November
•No night fishing (between Sunset and sunrise)