Andorra Fishing Guide

Staying in Andorra? Beyond its majestic landscapes and alpine wonders, this charming destination offers a unique opportunity to master the art of fishing in serene waters. From crystal-clear lakes to winding rivers, Andorra’s aquatic treasures beckon both beginners and seasoned anglers alike. Join us as we dive into the secrets of Andorra’s fishing havens, uncovering prime locations, sharing expert tips, and guiding you on a journey of relaxation and angling mastery.


Andorra’s Fishing Scene

Andorra has a fishing scene that has remained a well-kept secret among those seeking serenity and natural beauty. While the country is known it´s tax-free shopping and ski resorts, this hidden gem boasts abundant high mountain rivers and lakes that promise an idyllic sanctuary for fishing enthusiasts.

With fishing activities limited to daylight hours, Andorra fosters an environment of sustainable and thriving fishing experiences, whilst preserving the delicate harmony between humanity and nature. The fishing season extends from mid-March to November, offering a diverse spectrum of conditions as the months progress. From the chilly, reflective days of early spring to the vibrant, active fishing of summer, each phase of the season carries its own allure and challenges. The pinnacle of the fishing experience arrives from late June until the season’s end, promising not only bountiful catches but also unforgettable moments of connection with the outdoors.

The Best Fishing Spots in Andorra

Andorra features an array of exceptional fishing locations that beckon anglers to explore its unspoiled waters. With an extensive network of Andorra´s Lakes, the country caters to a diverse range of fishing experiences.

Venturing into the heart of the country’s untamed landscapes, paths lead to lakes perched above 2,000 meters above sea level. These high-altitude lakes promise unparalleled angling experiences within a breathtaking natural backdrop. However, acquiring a fishing license is essential for indulging in this sport. The licenses, which are individual and non-transferrable, consist of a Fisherman Registration Card and proof of payment for the current season’s license. Prices for the different types of licenses from a Tourist license, season license or sections fishing license can vary on a yearly basis, for the most actual prices check the PDF-file on the Visit Andorra ´Fishing in the High Mountains post´.

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The 6 Types of Fishing Area´s in Andorra

With a resolute dedication to preserving its aquatic ecosystems, Andorra has implemented a meticulous system of controlled and regulated fishing practices. This framework outlines 6 types of fishing zones. These measures are strategically designed to not only offer fishing opportunities but also safeguard fish populations and their fragile ecosystems. The areas are located throughout the country and are easily accessible no matter where your Airbnb in Andorra or Ski Chalet in Andorra is located.

  1. Valira Orient and Nord Rivers
    Fish Length: In this zone it is prohibited to take fish of less than 30 cm
    Authorised Limit: 8 fish per fisherman, per day
  2. Cercle dels pessons
    Fish Length: In this zone it is prohibited to take fish of less than 23 cm
    Authorised Limit: 4 fish per fisherman, per day
  3. Catch and release fishing sections
    Authorised limit: All fish must be returned alive to the water
    Authorised Methods: Artificial, single-hook lures, either barbless or with  flattened barb
    Extra: carrying and using a landing net is obligatory
  4. Intensive fishing sections
    Fish Length: In this zone it is prohibited to take fish of less than 20 cm
    Authorised Limit: 8 fish (4 per fishing section licence)
  5. Stretch for fishermen under 14 years
    Fish Length: In this zone it is prohibited to take fish of less than 20 cm
    Authorised Limit: 2 fish per fisherman, per day
  6. Other areas
    Fish Length: In this zone it is prohibited to take fish of less than 20 cm
    Authorised Limit: 8 fish per fisherman, per day
    Extra: The carrying and use of landing net is recommended

The exact rivers associated with each zone are depicted in a PDF-file on the Visit Andorra ´Fishing in the High Mountains post´.

What Types of Fish Can You Find in Andorra?

Now that you’re acquainted with the fishing community in Andorra and the diverse zones open to anglers, you might be curious about the potential haul. While trout dominates the waters of Andorran lakes and rivers, the aquatic realm also hosts European catfish, carp, and other intriguing species.

Common Trout (Salmo trutta fario): Commonly known as brown trout, this species is a prized catch among anglers. It features distinctive olive-brown coloration with scattered black and red spots along its body. Brown trout thrive in the clear, cold waters of Andorra, making them a popular target for fly fishing enthusiasts.

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis): With its vibrant colors of olive-green, red, and orange, the brook trout is another sought-after trout species in Andorra. It prefers cooler, well-oxygenated waters and can often be found in smaller streams and tributaries.

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Known for its iridescent pink stripe along its side, the rainbow trout is a striking fish that offers a thrilling challenge to anglers. They are commonly found in various aquatic habitats, including rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

European Catfish (Silurus glanis): European catfish, also known as wels catfish, are a notable presence in some of Andorra’s waters. These large predatory fish can grow to impressive sizes and provide an exhilarating angling experience.

Carp (Cyprinus carpio): Carp are well-adapted to a variety of aquatic environments and can be found in Andorra’s lakes and rivers. They come in different varieties, including common carp and mirror carp. Carp fishing is a popular pursuit for those seeking a different angling challenge.

Other Species: Depending on the specific bodies of water, you may also encounter other species such as perch, pike, and chub. These fish add diversity to the angling experience and provide opportunities for different fishing techniques.

Expert Tips for a Successful Fishing Trip

To fully enjoy Andorra’s fishing offerings, anglers should be well-prepared and equipped with essential knowledge and gear. Fly fishing is a popular choice, with equipment recommendations including one-hand rods around 10 feet in length for lines ranging from #3 to #5. “Tippet selection depends upon water conditions and angler expertise, typically ranging from 0.011 mm to 0.013 mm. Tungsten heads, ranging from 2.5 mm to 4.5 mm, are favoured for various water conditions and depths.

During summer months, dry fly fishing using CDC-type flies with natural colours like green, brown, black, and garnet proves to be a captivating spectacle in the small mountain rivers. Moreover, anglers can employ large tricopters or similar setups, pairing them with small nymphs for tandem fishing.

Some additional tips:

Respect the Environment: Andorra’s natural beauty is the backbone of its fishing appeal. Treat the environment with care by following “leave no trace” principles. Dispose of trash properly, avoid disturbing wildlife, and adhere to fishing regulations to preserve these waters for generations to come.

Match the Hatch: Understanding the local insect life and its seasonal variations is key to successful fishing in Andorra. Matching your bait and fly patterns to the insects that are active during your visit increases your chances of enticing a bite.

Adapt Your Techniques: While traditional angling methods can yield results, consider trying your hand at fly fishing in Andorra. The delicate presentation of flies can be highly effective in these clear waters, especially when targeting selective trout.

Pack Accordingly: Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Be prepared for changes in conditions by dressing in layers and packing essentials like sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Engage with Locals: Strike up conversations with local anglers or visit fishing shops close to the many Ski Chalets in Andorra to gather insights on recent fishing trends, successful baits, and prime locations. The Andorran fishing community is welcoming and passionate about their craft.

Where to Stay During your Fishing Trip in Andorra?

As you set out on your fishing adventure in Andorra, remember that it’s not just about the catch; it’s about the journey. The country’s unspoiled waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, create an atmosphere of pure serenity and a chance to connect with nature in its most raw form. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to learn the art of fishing or a seasoned angler looking for a new challenge, Andorra’s fishing scene has something to offer.

After a perfect day of fishing in Andorra, there’s no better plan than unwinding in one of our unique accommodations.

From the KOKONO team, we hope to be part of your journey and to see you soon!


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