Fishing Guide to the Venosta Valley in Italy


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Where to Fish in Venosta Valley

The Merano Fishing Association regulates the fishing licenses for the Venosta Valley. There are several areas to fish in the Venosta Valley,  from the outlet of S. Valentino Lake  to Tell/Toell village with several side streams, and the 7km stretching along the Passirio river in Merano/Meran. There are more than 150km of fishing spots in the area of Venosta Valley.

The northernmost area around Resia Lake retains its own fishing rights. In adjacent S. Valentino Lake, one of the most beautiful natural lakes in the Alpine region, fishermen can also find a place to cast their lines free of care. For fishing in S. Valentino Lake, a fishing license type B or D as well as a fishing card for the day will be required. You can purchase the daily card directly at the boathouse at Fischerhäuser/Casa dei Pescatori, at Alpenrose Inn, or at Bakery Angerer in the village center of St. Valentin a.d.H./S. Valentino alla Muta.

In the Venosta Valley you are fishing for veined trout, river trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and grayling. Smaller fish species can be found in the mountain lakes.

A national Italian fishing license costs 35€ and is valid for 10 years. The license can be bought at the Fishing Shop in Castelbello/Kastelbell, village center Castelbello: Tel +39 0473 624466

Fishing in Italy


Fishing in Italy

Italians love to eat fish and you will find them fishing in the smallest streams and along the beach throughout the year.  Italy offers abundant fishing opportunities, both fresh and salt water, and over 2m people take part in the sport annually.

The many lakes, rivers and mountain streams provide the opportunity to fish for trout, carp, perch, pike and other species. For freshwater fishing, you require an annual license and must be a member of the Federazione Italiana della Pesca Sportiva e Attività Subacqua (, which manages over 90 per cent of Italy’s inland waters.

You can also fish at private ponds were you do not need a license but pay a fee to fish (e.g. €10 per day) or only you pay for what you catch, according to the size and weight, this fee is paid to the pond owner.

No licence is required for sea fishing and you can join a deep-sea fishing excursion or hire your own boat at many ports. Spear fishing is legal and popular in many places, but regulations forbid the use of scuba tanks and nets for underwater fishing. Underwater fishing is permitted only in daylight,  most areas have a limit of no more than 5kg (11lb) of fish and shellfish may be caught per day.

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