Switzerland: Fishing

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Switzerland Fishing

Switzerland is home to a 32,200-kilometer long network of rivers and streams and to 1,350 square kilometers of lakes. There are more than 50 native fish species in Switzerland, but you’ll need an official permit for angling in Swiss waters, though permission is not required if fishing is done at the shore in Switzerland. Usually the large pre-alpine lakes and the lakes of the Mittelland in Switzerland are permit-free.

Fishing authorities of the cantons in Switzerland will give information about which lakes or rivers are on the list of those where fishing is permitted. Usually, free angling in Switzerland is only allowed with a hand-held fishing pole and with a simple fishing rod. The use of artificial bait and live or dead baitfish is not permitted.