Fishing in Slovenia

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).

Rivers
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.

Lakes
Fishing on Slovenia’s lakes has a specific charm, as you can enjoy the beautiful, well-preserved environment while fishing for some of the largest species of fish. You might catch a huge wels catfish, a pike or a carp. Carp as heavy as 20 kg are not rare.

Fly fishing
Fly fishing is the favourite form of angling in Slovenia. Slovenian anglers have been fly fishing for more than a hundred years. Some of the first artificial flies to appear originated in Slovenia. The familiar Behmfliege has its roots in the Soča area. Fly fishing in Slovenia was first used for catching trout species and grayling, alongside which the odd chub and huchen was caught. In recent decades fly fishing has been expanded to the vast majority of other fish species.

Match fishing
Several match fishing tournaments are held in Slovenia every year. Float fishing is the most common form used for match fishing. Once the fish have been weighed by the judges, the competitors return them to the water.

Regulations
Fishing is generally allowed in Slovenia in all parts of rivers and lakes, but in those classed as water of special importance, angling is only allowed in fishing reserves. A permit is required for angling, and there are other regulations that must be observed. Assistance and clarification can be sought from the fishing families that manage individual fisheries.

Fish species for recreational fishing
Slovenia’s rivers and lakes are the habitat for 93 species of fish, of which 33 are protected. There are 25 species of fish that are of interest to anglers. You can fish for indigenous fish of the Adriatic drainage basin, prime among which is the marble trout, the largest European trout. You can also fish for brown ...
Angling rivers and lakes

Angling rivers and lakes in SloveniaSlovenia’s rivers and lakes are the habitat for 93 species of fish, of which 33 are protected. There are 25 species of fish that are of interest to anglers. You can fish for indigenous fish of the Adriatic drainage basin, prime among which is the marble trout, the largest European trout. You can also fish for brown ...

Fly fishing

You can expect to fish the majority of Slovenia’s rivers and lakes. The rivers are divided between the Adriatic and Black Sea drainage basins. The top river is the Soča and its tributaries, followed by the Sava and its tributaries. There are 45 rivers and streams longer than 25 km, and no two are alike. A total of ...

 Angling societies

Much of the credit for the rich fish stocks in Slovenia’s rivers and lakes must go to the fishing families and the Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia. Wild fish can still be caught in many fisheries in Slovenia, which is quite a rarity in other countries. The fishing families, which manage specific fisheries, ...

 
Information provided by theSlovenian Tourist Board in partnership with the Fishing Association of Slovenia