Clean water, full of life
Are you looking for a perfect spot where you can enjoy nature’s tranquillity with a fishing rod in your hands? In Slovenia you will very likely find what you are looking for. Slovenia has an abundance of pure springs, lakes and rivers that are teeming with life. The clear waters are home to several species of freshwater fish. Sport fishermen will be most interested in the marble trout, river trout, grayling, rainbow trout, Danube salmon and carp. If you add to this relaxing by the rapids, deep pools, wild gorges and landscapes that gird the rivers and lakes, then you know you are in fishing heaven.
Fishing rivers and lakes
Slovenia is crisscrossed with rivers and lakes both large and small. Slovenia’s rivers are part of the Adriatic and Danube watersheds. The queen of the fishing rivers in the Adriatic catchment area is the Soča, which is home to marble trout and grayling. The main fishing river in the Danube watershed is the Sava, Slovenia’s longest river, which is a popular fishing site. The Danube salmon is the river’s primary fish.
Fishing is also possible in the numerous bodies of standing water. Perhaps the most attractive are Slovenia’s two largest glacial lakes – Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. You can also enjoy the peaceful environment of Slovenia’s largest intermittent lake, Lake Cerknica, which is home to pike and tench. Šmartinsko Lake near Celje is a fishing treasure, and primarily features carp. There is also a lot of fishing to be had in the many other lakes and in the smaller man-made ponds.
My way of connecting with nature
Slovenia has more than 500 fishing districts. In addition to the most popular spots, you can also discover hidden fishing oases where you will be able to enjoy unspoilt nature in peace.
Enjoy fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and grayling, surrounded by the wonderful Alpine landscape of Bohinj. The Mostnica is a boutique fishing destination, as it is limited to five fishermen per day. You could be one of them!More
The Vipava River and its tributaries appeal to all true fishermen. An abundance of fish hide in the crystal-clear pools, first of all marble trout, but also other species such as brown trout, rainbow trout and grayling. The picturesque Vipava Valley provides additional charm.More
This lake at the edge of the Brkini hills not far from Ilirska Bistrica is a great place to escape for a peaceful fishing holiday. The lake features carp, which can be fished using the catch and release technique. In addition to carp, the lake also holds grass carp, pike perch, chub and pike.More
Discover other hidden fishing gems
Slovenia is a great place to fish because it has so many lesser-known fishing spots over a relatively small area which feature mainly wild caught fish. Discover pure fishing pleasure on the Kamniška Bistrica, Meža, Tržiška Bistrica, Dreta, Savinja and Lipnica.
Different types of fishing
In Slovenia, you can engage in all forms of freshwater sport fishing: fly fishing, spinning, float fishing and trolling. Fly fishing on Slovenia’s clear rivers and lakes offers you the joy of being outdoors, peace and quiet and the excitement of looking for fish. Fly fishing in Slovenia has a history dating back more than 100 years. In some places, for instance on the Soča, it is the only type of fishing permitted. In addition to the Soča, the best fly-fishing spots in Slovenia can be found on the Sava Bohinjka, Krka, Unica and Radovna rivers. Besides fly fishing, the catch and release technique is becoming more and more popular in Slovenia.
In the midst of green nature
In nature, you can enjoy yourself in various ways. Head to rivers and lakes, or to mountains and hills. Learn about life in the countryside and treat yourself to authentic local food.
Fly fishing in Slovenia
This publication provides you with an overview of the most attractive Slovenian rivers for fishing, Slovenia’s fish population, and the Slovenian Fly Fishing School.