The Hague - Fishing and permits

Fishing and permits

The Hague offers many scenic natural waters where you are permitted to fish as long as you have a fishing permit.

The Hague offers many scenic natural waters where you are permitted to fish as long as you have a fishing permit.

Fishing by the Nieuwe Uitleg (photo: Roel Wijnants)
Fishing by the Nieuwe Uitleg (photo: Roel Wijnants)

Amateur fishermen can go to town in The Hague's Zuiderpark, Westbroekpark, Madestein and De Uithof, at several locations in Ypenburg and even in the city centre. The water in these areas is easily accessible and you can fish from the banks or quays.

For many years, the canals in the city centre had a reputation for being polluted, but they’ve now cleaned up their act and the water is clear and fresh. The city’s fishermen are especially happy with the fresh catch found around the Bierkade, Zwarteweg and Prinsessegracht. The waters in the city centre are full of pike and bass.

Fishing permits

To be allowed to fish in the Netherlands, you need a fishing permit. You are responsible for acquiring one yourself; without one you risk a heavy fine. The proceeds from the permits are used to improve fishing facilities, to keep the water and the fish population up to standard and to represent the interests of amateur fishermen.

A fishing permit from the 's-Gravenhaagse Hengelsport Vereniging allows you to fish in the polders, canals, ponds and lakes in the Province of Zuid-Holland. You are also permitted to fish in The Hague’s waters throughout the city.

For information on acquiring a fishing permit, visit the website of the 's-Gravenhaagse Hengelsport Vereniging (GHV).

Published: 4 July 2011Modified: 11 May 2017