Freshwater fishing (angling) in Croatia is regulated by law. Anglers buy angling licenses valid for particular fishing area or fishing zone from owners of the fishing rights. These licenses are valid for the particular fishing zone and for some neighbouring fishing zones.
Fishing licenses are issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development and are valid for
- one day (24 hours from the hour of issue)
- one year (calendar year).
Prices of a Yearly License
200Kn: women and juniors (age 15-18)
400Kn: men over 19
Price of a Daily Fishing License
- 60Kn for all fish species except salmonid (trout, greyling)
- 150Kn for salmonid
- 250Kn for the Gacka river and Otocac
- 150 kunas for angling of salmonid species;
- 250 kunas for angling on fishing zone Otočac (river Gacka).
GENERAL ANGLING REGULATIONS
Every applicant for a yearly license must possess a fishing exam certificate. Foreigners must show the certificate issued in their home country or pass the exam in Croatia.
Sports fishing-angling is allowed with most three (3) fishing rods with one hook, exceptionally artificial bait which can have more than one hook, most two.
Sports fishing-angling on all the salmonid species is allowed with one fishing rod and one artificial fly or bait.
Angling of wels from the boat is allowed with one wels attractant (in Croatian: „buckalo“), one fishing rod or fishing lure with one hook.
Fishing rods and fishing gear must be under constant immediate attention of the angler.
Artificial bait can have most two hooks (single-hook, doublehook or threehook) with or without contra-hook.
Artificial bait-fly can have only one hook with or without contra-hook.
The size of the artificial bait for angling of huchen (Danube salmon) and marble trout could not be less than 18 cm.
Local Fishing Regulations
In addition to the regulations above, there are local regulations regarding the size of the catch etc. Inquire when purchasing the license at authorized agencies.