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Fresh Water Fishing Regulations


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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

  1. one day (24 hours from the hour of issue)
  2. one year (calendar year).

Prices of a Yearly License

€26: women and juniors (age 15-18)

€52 men over 19

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Price of a Daily Fishing License

  • €8 for all fish species except salmonid (trout, greyling)
  • €20 for salmonid
  • €33for the Gacka river and Otocac


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.

Related Pages

Fresh-water Fishing

Sea Fishing

Fresh-water Fishing Regulations and Prices

Sea Fishing Regulations and Prices

Agencies Selling Fishing Licenses

Further Resources

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

Croatia Sport Fishing Association



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