Fishing in Zeeland
Fishing conditions are good in Zeeland. You’ll hear birds, the soft winds, and the lapping water. Maybe a few lapping race cyclists on the other side of the water. Peace and quiet. Even if your catch is low, you’ll have had a good time.
Getting a fishing permit
Most – but not all – locations require a fishing permit. Whether you’re a Dutch resident, or a visitor from abroad (explained below), you’ll need a ‘VISpas’ permit to fish in the mainly freshwater areas landside of the sea dikes. These are also required for canals, such as the ‘Kanaals’ from Gent to Terneuzen and through Walcheren, and the freshwater lakes of Veerse Meer and Grevelingenmeer.
Sport fishers can fish in the coastal sea waters from the shoreline, right from the beach or a dike. Rules apply, but no permit is required. No more than two rods, maximum three hooks. A small part of the beaches on Walcheren are open for fishing, to the north and south of Domburg – with no limits to the numbers of rods or hooks. When you do have a ‘VISpas’, a ‘zeeVISpas’ (for the open sea) or a worm-digging permit (‘wormenspitvergunning‘) you can dig for bait – in the designated areas around the Oosterschelde- and Westerschelde estuaries.
Get your VISpas.
The best fishing spots
Other good fishing spots are along the dikes around the freshwater inland areas. They include the Breedsendijk in Yerseke, the Strekdam Cauwers inlet near Zierikzee, the moorings at Kamperland and the sea dike at Westkapelle.
Now, about the very best bait. The most popular bait on the coast are lugworms and clam worms – they catch everything. You’ll find them, and all the equipment accessories you need in local angling shops. And some nice cafés for fellow fishers and anglers, and some very credible tales.