The purity of Slovenian rivers will take your breath away. Even though Slovenia only covers 20,273 square kilometres, it has no less than 28,000 kilometres of watercourses. This land, which is so rich in water, is home to many water sports. Fishing and fly fishing are becoming increasingly popular. Slovenian rivers and lakes invite you to take fishing adventures all over the country.
Rivers in Slovenia are a part of the Adriatic or the Danube river basin. The main river of the former is the River Soča, while the main river of the latter is the River Sava and its tributaries. If the queen of the Adriatic catchment area is the Soča trout, the king of the Danube catchment area is the Danube salmon (huchen). The opportunity to enjoy cascades, deep pools, wild gorges, and the landscape surrounding the rivers is what has been attracting fishermen to Slovenia for years and years.
Fly fishing and the Soča trout
The emerald River Soča and its tributaries are known for being a unique destination for fly fishing, which is the only permitted form of fishing on this river. Experts have a high regard for the river, and fishermen experience true satisfaction when they catch the indigenous Soča trout. Slightly more to the south, near Tolmin, the River Tolminka flows down from the mountain. This river has carved an incredibly deep gorge and is home to all kinds of trout, grayling and bullhead. Visitors are also attracted to western Slovenia by the Idrija Hills and the crystal clear River Idrijca. Its verdant hue reflects the river banks and the trees that grow all the way to the water’s edge, and its wild character is evident in its deep pools and cascades. In the Idrijca, you will be able to catch large Soča trout and even freshwater crayfish.
Treasures of unspoilt nature
The River Sava area includes some of the remotest landscapes in Slovenia. The rivers of the Notranjska Region are hiding places for true treasures of unspoilt nature. The Rivers Unica, Kolpa and Iščica will impress you with their atmosphere and the diversity of the flora and the fauna in a place where karst, pre-Alpine hills, and vast forests meet. The River Savinja, which literally carved its way through rocks in its upper valley, is a true gem among rivers for fishing, and the River Sava Bohinjka remains one of the most popular rivers among fishermen.
Fishing in lakes has a special charm because one can catch catfish, pike, and scale carp. These fish that grow up to a few metres long present a true challenge to fishermen. In Slovenia, fishing is possible in two natural lakes, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj and in numerous artificial lakes. With regard to fishing, Lake Šmartinsko near Celje is quite well known, and fishing at the intermittent Lake Cerknica, which is a natural phenomenon, is a true treat. When water goes under the karst surface in the dry part of the year, visitors can take a walk in its meadows, but once it is flooded again, it becomes the largest Slovenian lake.
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.