Slovenia’s waters and aquatic life are a paradise for anglers. In rivers, lakes and ponds of varying greenish tinges there live numerous species of freshwater fish, of which over 20 are of interest to anglers. The majority can be fished for and caught with artificial flies. But your hunt might have to be restrained slightly, as Slovenia promotes catch and release.
The rivers of Slovenia are still relatively clean. Limestone is the predominant bedrock, which gives the landscape its characteristic look, and gives the clear waters a very attractive green colour. Limestone’s buffering capacity neutralises the effects of acid rain, which means that the pH of the water is ideal (between 7 and 8).
Most of Slovenia’s rivers belong to the Danube basin, i.e. the Black Sea drainage basin, but a quarter are in the Adriatic drainage basin. The latter has some indigenous species, which naturally adds an extra dimension to the variety of the fish populations. The marble trout and Adriatic grayling are notable. Attractions of the Danube basin rivers include the huchen, a relative of the taimen and salmon, the brown trout and the grayling. Coarse anglers can enjoy fishing for nase, Danube roach, chub and barbel in Slovenia.