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Fishing in Austria

Breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy fishing in clear waters of mountain rivers

Best time: April–October


Austria's crystal clear waters are perfect for fishing. Among the variety of places available, ​you can choose the one that best suits you. The Carinthia region offers you Gail river. In addition, to stunning landscapes the water in Gail is pure enough to drink. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and the recently reintroduced grayling can all be found in the Gail and its tributaries. Salzburgerland takes you to the National Park Hohe Tauern. The clear mountain water from the Schöder Valley and the Keeskogel Glacier offers an excellent home for local fish. The Grossarl Valley offers plenty of opportunities for anglers. Fishing season starts on April 1. An excellent fish population and marvellous mountain scenery turn the Tirolean high valley into a must-see destination for anglers of any skill. Fishing permission and sport fishing passports are required so don't forget to prepare beforehand.

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When is the best time to go fishing in Austria?

Austria is a year-round fishing destination, but the preferred months are April to October, due to the warm weather and active fish population. Anglers can enjoy the best fishing experience during these months. Other times might be too cold and unfavorable for fishing. Show more

Where can I find the best fishing spots in Austria?

Austria offers many locations for fishing enthusiasts. Carinthia provides the Gail River, Salzburgerland offers National Park Hohe Tauern for clear mountain waters, the Grossarl Valley presents many opportunities, and Tirolean High Valley is a prime fishing destination. These regions are filled with brown trout, rainbow trout, and graylings, providing excellent fish varieties. Show more

What kind of fish can I catch in Austria's rivers?

Aside from brown trout, various fish species inhabit Austria's waters, such as rainbow trout and grayling. However, anglers need to check to be sure since some of these fish are protected by law, such as the Danube salmon. Each river and stream has its specialties, and it's best to research the location to know what to expect. Show more

Do I need a fishing permit to fish in Austria?

Fishing permits are necessary, and they can be purchased locally. A permit duration could range from hourly to weekly. It's essential to note that access to various rivers is only granted when a license is obtained before fishing. The cost of the permit differs depending on the location, duration of the permit, and the type of water body. Show more

Are there any particular fishing regulations that I need to be aware of in Austria?

Fishing regulations exist in Austria to be followed. For instance, fishermen must obtain a permit before any fishing activity. Specific fishing methods like fly fishing are carefully monitored. During the spawning season, fishing restrictions apply, and certain species like the Danube salmon are under protection. It's essential to check with the local authorities to avoid any legal issues. Show more

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