Fishing in Cyprus: Freshwater and Sea Angling
From trout-filled dams to the briny Mediterranean, Cyprus offers a range of piscatorial options for the angler...
Fishing is a very popular leisure activity in Cyprus as the country has a number of stocked reservoirs as well as exotic species in the sea around Cyprus.
Cyprus has over 20 reservoirs open to anglers and most are stocked. These stocked reservoirs contain more than 15 species of freshwater fish, including trout, largemouth bass, carp, pikeperch, and roach.
Yermasogeia Reservoir is located approximately 10 minutes from Limassol and offers silver bream, carp, grey mullet and other species.
Asprogremmos Reservoir holds bass, catfish and trout among others. It is the closest reservoir to Paphos International Airport and is one of the largest dams in Cyprus.
- The Cyprus Freshwater Angling Association is a non-profit organisation with a particular focus on protecting dams and preventing illegal fishing. As well as a list of reservoirs and other information, they publish a page of contact details for nearby police stations and Fisheries Department Offices.
Freshwater fishing licences
Sport fishing in Cyprus reservoirs and dams is regulated by the government. It is necessary to have a licence to fish.
It is possible to buy a fishing licence online via the Web Portal of thee Republic of Cyprus. Licences can also be obtained at the fisheries department offices of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. Licences are personal - they are non-transferable - and are only issued to people over 12 years of age. A fee can either be paid to fish in a single reservoir, or a higher rate can be paid to access all reservoirs. All licences expire on the 31 December of the year in which they are issued. Short-term group licences are available.
Freshwater fishing regulations
Anyone fishing in Cyprus must adhere to fishing regulations which apply to the following:
- Fishing hours: daylight only, including an hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset
- Fishing methods: single rod, line and hook per licence holder; no fishing aids or chemicals
- Fishing location: from dam banks only
- Catch limit: there is a catch limit per species
- Size limit: there is a size limit per species
- Bank protection: bank-side soil and plants are protected and includes a limit on the use of vehicles
Note: fishing regulations often change depending on environmental factors. The rules above are only an overview. Please request more detailed information regarding all restrictions and regulations from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.
Fishing is forbidden in a reservoir, even to holders of valid licences, until it has been declared open by the Director of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.
Information on reservoirs, their locations, opening dates and times, restrictions and other useful information is provided by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.
The sea around Cyprus is home to more than 250 species of fish, including snapper, amberjack and tuna. Boats can be rented at fishing shelters and stations.
Sea fishing licences
No licence is needed for:
- sea angling
- fishing with vertical lines
However, a licence is required for:
- spear fishing (illegal in swimming areas marked with red buoys)
- fishing with long-lines and traps
- fishing at night with spear guns
- any kind of commercial fishing
Licence holders must adhere to the restrictions, which regulate the equipment that may be used and the allowed days to fish and, in certain cases, the allowable catches for each fishing outing.
Licences are available online or in-person from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR):
- Head Office of Department of Fisheries and Marine Research
At: 101 Vithleem Street
The Web Portal of the Republic of Cyprus offers the ability to buy a spear fishing licence. For up-to-date information on the conditions of spear fishing, it is recommended to directly contact the Department of Fisheries.
Note: It is only possible to spearfish when free diving. No scuba tanks may be used.