Fishing in the high mountains

FISHING IN THE HIGH MOUNTAINS

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In Andorra, there’s a large number of high mountain rivers and lakes where you can enjoy fishing in utter peace and quiet. What's more, you’ll have fifteen controlled fishing areas, two intensive fishing areas, one catch-and-keep fishing reserve and eleven catch-and-release fishing reserves.

Amount, length and fishing hours

Fishing in Andorra is controlled and regulated to protect the species that live here. The maximum number of fish you can fish, take away and transport is eight per day and per fisherman, whether in unrestricted areas or special fishing areas known as “acotats”, except for those mentioned in the “acotats” list. As far as length is concerned, you can only keep and transport fish that are longer than 20 cm, measured from the most anterior part of the head all the way to the midpoint of the most posterior part of the caudal or tail fin. If the fish is shorter, it has to be returned back to the water. However, fish mentioned in the list of special fishing areas called acotats are exempt from this rule. Finally, it is worth mentioning that in the section of the Valira del Nord River —between the confluence with the Arinsal River and the confluence with the Gran Valira River— or the Valira d'Orient River —in the section between the confluence of the Forn River and the Gran Valira river—, the minimum length for fish that can be caught or transported is 30cm.

With regard to fishing hours, you can only fish during the day, that is, between daybreak and when the sun starts to set.

Salmonids, the only species you can fish in the high mountains

Among the fish species you can find in our lakes and rivers, the native common trout (Salmo trutta fario) stands out. You can also fish for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Find out about the paths you can take into the deepest countryside; by following these you can reach lakes at over 2000 metres above sea level. 

Fishing licence and permit

Angling here is an unmissable experience! If you want to go sport fishing in Andorra in mountain lakes or rivers you’ll need a fishing licence. It is important to note that fishing licences are individual and non-transferrable and should be kept on you whenever you go fishing within Andorra. Seasonal licences have two parts: the Fisherman Registration Card and proof of the payment made for the current season’s licence. You should have both documents on you whenever you’re fishing. 

Thus, fishermen who have an MIL code (electronic certificate) and fishing licence may renew their season fishing licence by paying online via e-tramits. However, if a fisherman does not have this code (MIL), they will have to pay directly to the Procedures Section in the Government of Andorra’s administration building (c/ Prat de la Creu, 62, Andorra la Vella), or to the parishes. Regarding the fishing licence, you may also apply for one in person at the Procedures Section in the Government of Andorra’s administration building or the parishes, and you must attach a copy of an official identity document—with your current address—and a recent 3.5 x 4.5 cm colour photo.

In contrast, if you only want to fish for a certain number of days, you can also apply for a tourist fishing licence, a permit to fish in special fishing areas or a catch and release permit. In these cases, you can apply online, by clicking on the following link.

Prohibitions and other interesting facts

It is forbidden to fish using fish —whether live or dead—, fish eggs or cheese as bait.

If you like to fish frogs, with the relevant permit, you can also fish the European common frog. However, the maximum number of frogs you can keep or transport—per fisherman per day—is 24 frogs. Finally, if you’re looking for accommodation where you can keep your gear well organised in a fully adapted space, Andorra offers several accommodation options specially for fishing holidays

Choose the lake or river you like the most and enjoy the beauty of Andorra’s landscapes!

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