Many people enjoy recreational fishing - especially angling - as sport or just to relax. Approximately 300,000 people engage in recreational fishing activities in Denmark. As a foreigner, you are very welcome to angle in Denmark. In order to do so, you have to buy a fishing licence.
Angling includes only the use of light hand tackle. According to national regulations, everyone aged 18 - 65 years, who partakes in angling, must have a fishing licence. There are, however, some put-and-take lakes where you do not need the state licence. Please ask on location. Please note that if you should catch any fish, you are not allowed to sell them.
A fishing licence costs:
- DKK 185 per year
- DKK 130 per week
- DKK 40 per day
Only residents and non-residential foreigners working in Denmark are allowed to go hobby fishing using passive fishing tackle such as hook line, net and trap. The price for a hobby fishing licence is 300 DKR for a year; the licence is also valid for angling. You have to be 12 years old to go hobby fishing; there is no upper age limit.
When you go fishing, you should bring the licence number you get when you buy the licence along with your personal ID. In fact, it is enough to memorise the number of the licence, but most people bring the print out, when they buy online, or the receipt from the post office, etc.
If you fish without a fishing licence, and you are inspected, you will have to pay a fine of 740 DKR (DKK 1,200 for hobby fishing with passive tackle).