Fishing and Angling in Luxembourg

Information on fishing, angling and the permits required for the fresh water rivers, lakes and dams of Luxembourg. Information includes contacts for local fishing associations...

Fishing in Luxembourg is very popular and is mostly practiced as a recreational activity. In order to fish in Luxembourg, a fishing permit (permis de pêche) is required. There are two types of fishing permit:

  • Inland waters permit
  • Border waters permit

Permits are available for a fee to all residents or tourists aged 14 and over. Children under 14 may fish without a permit. They must be accompanied by a person who is over 18 and in possession of a valid border fishing permit when fishing in border waters. The permit must be carried at all times when fishing and must be accompanied by a passport or identity card.

Inland Waters Permit

Fishing permits for inland waters are available from the Service Biologie et Pêche (as of 1 January 2016).

  • Service Biologie et Pêche
    At
    : 10 route Ettelbruck, L-9230 Diekirch
    Tel: 24 55 66 64

There are three types of inland waters permit available:

  • Ordinary licence: Permits fishing in non-navigable public waters
  • Special Licence A: The same permissions as an ordinary licence plus the right to fish in navigable waters
  • Special Licence B: The same permissions as a Special Licence A plus the right to fish from a boat

Night fishing in inland waters is prohibited. Night-time is defined as follows:

  • From October to March - 19:00 to 07:00
  • From April to September - 23:00 to 05:00

Fish species available in inland waters include eel, grayling, char, rainbow trout, carp, roach, barbel and pike.

Border Fishing Permits

Border permits are available for the following rivers:

  • Moselle: from Schengen to Wasserbillig
  • Sûre: from Wasserbillig to Wallendorf
  • Our: from Wallendorf to the three-border point, including the dam lake at Vianden

Note: Fishing in the border waters of the Sûre river and Moselle river is not allowed from March to the middle of June.

There are four types of border permits:

  • Category A (Moselle, Sûre, Our): Allows fishing from the banks with a single fishing line
    • Note: Both a permit and permission from the land owner must be obtained before fishing along the banks of the Our river
  • Category B: (Moselle, Sûre): The same permissions as a Category A border permit plus the right to fish using a single line from a boat
  • Group Day Permit: Allows fishing from the banks for one day and is available for groups of more than 12
  • Vianden Reservoir Permit

Night fishing in border waters is prohibited. Night-time is defined as follows:

  • From November to March - 19:00 to 07:00
  • From April to October - 23:00 to 05:00

Fish species available in border waters include Californian Crayfish, pike, tench, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, barbel, carp and nase.

Fishing Restrictions

The number of catches per day is limited by law and depends of the type of fish. Contact the Luxembourg Federation for Sports Fishing for further information.

Fishing Clubs and Associations