Fishing in Italy

Fishing (pesca sportiva) in Italy is practiced chiefly as a competitive and recreational activity. There are approx. 2,000,000 anglers in Italy of which 30,000 are members of the Italian Fishing Federation (FIPSAS).

Licences & Regulations

Freshwater fishing is not permitted without a licence and a permit

Licences

Fishing licence applications should be made at the Fishing & Hunting Department of the provincial administration office (Amministrazione Provinciale).

Applicants must be over 18, although permits can be issued to 14 to 18 year olds as long as a licensed adult accompanies them at all times.

The applicant will need two passport photos to accompany the completed application form and a marca da bollo (tax stamp, available from tobacconists) to pay the fees.

The validity of the license is one year and can be renewed at a fee.

Once you have the license, it is relatively easy to get the permit. You only need to visit local fishing authorities or even park rangers and pay a small fee. The permit can last a day, week, or another appropriate period.

Permits

There are two types of fishing permits you can apply for. A Category ‘A’ permit allows for professional fishing, while a Category ‘B’ fishing allows for recreational fishing.

The permits are regional and you might be restricted to a specific area depending on the time of the year, type of permit, and existing ecological conditions.

Regulations

A person fishing on a daily (short-term) basis should check the regulations with the local police or provincial council.

The city, the province, the state or any authority may decide to assign a specific area as a fishing reserve (riserva di pesca), in which case the fisherman must comply with specific rules and/or make a specific request to fish there.

It is considered illegal to fish without adhering to the protected areas, catch fish that do not meet the minimum size standards, or fish during a forbidden period. A person found doing so may be liable for a fine or have their licence revoked.

Night fishing is allowed in most places.

Note: a person caught lake or river fishing without a permit will be fined.

Seasons

Italy regulates its fishing regionally, so the rules vary from place to place. However, carp fishing in most places generally runs all year round.

The peak season runs from April to December, during which a lot of anglers from all over the world visit. One unique thing is that you can expect a lot of carp in the winter season in Italian rivers. They tend to go there away from the colder countries, so you can get an impressive catch in any season.

Resources

Italian Fishing Federation

Website

Fishing & Hunting Department

Website

Check List

  • Fishing Licence & Permit (see above)
  • Photo ID
  • Travel Insurance - we recommend RAC (see below)

If you are driving:

  • Green Card (Insurance) - contact your insurer
  • Driving licence
  • Vehicle Log Book
  • GB Sticker (unless GB identifier is on your number plate)

NB: If you hold a paper driving licence or a driving licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you may need a 1968 IDP. Check with the Italian Embassy

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    Fishing Italy

    Fishing (pesca sportiva) in Italy is practiced chiefly as a competitive and recreational activity. There are approx. 2,000,000 anglers in Italy of which 30,000 are members of the Italian Fishing Federation (FIPSAS).

  • Licences & Regulations

    Freshwater fishing is not permitted without a licence and a permit

    Licences

    Fishing licence applications should be made at the Fishing & Hunting Department of the provincial administration office (Amministrazione Provinciale).

    Applicants must be over 18, although permits can be issued to 14 to 18 year olds as long as a licensed adult accompanies them at all times.

    The applicant will need two passport photos to accompany the completed application form and a marca da bollo (tax stamp, available from tobacconists) to pay the fees.

    The validity of the license is one year and can be renewed at a fee.

    Once you have the license, it is relatively easy to get the permit. You only need to visit local fishing authorities or even park rangers and pay a small fee. The permit can last a day, week, or another appropriate period.

    Permits

    There are two types of fishing permits you can apply for. A Category ‘A’ permit allows for professional fishing, while a Category ‘B’ fishing allows for recreational fishing.

    The permits are regional and you might be restricted to a specific area depending on the time of the year, type of permit, and existing ecological conditions.

    Regulations

    A person fishing on a daily (short-term) basis should check the regulations with the local police or provincial council.

    The city, the province, the state or any authority may decide to assign a specific area as a fishing reserve (riserva di pesca), in which case the fisherman must comply with specific rules and/or make a specific request to fish there.

    It is considered illegal to fish without adhering to the protected areas, catch fish that do not meet the minimum size standards, or fish during a forbidden period. A person found doing so may be liable for a fine or have their licence revoked.

    Night fishing is allowed in most places.

    Note: a person caught lake or river fishing without a permit will be fined.

  • Seasons

    Italy regulates its fishing regionally, so the rules vary from place to place. However, carp fishing in most places generally runs all year round.

    The peak season runs from April to December, during which a lot of anglers from all over the world visit. One unique thing is that you can expect a lot of carp in the winter season in Italian rivers. They tend to go there away from the colder countries, so you can get an impressive catch in any season.

  • Resources

    Italian Fishing Federation

    Website

    Fishing & Hunting Department

    Website

  • Check List

    • Fishing Licence & Permit (see above)
    • Photo ID
    • Travel Insurance - we recommend RAC (see below)

    If you are driving:

    • Green Card (Insurance) - contact your insurer
    • Driving licence
    • Vehicle Log Book
    • GB Sticker (unless GB identifier is on your number plate)

    NB: If you hold a paper driving licence or a driving licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you may need a 1968 IDP. Check with the Italian Embassy

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