The Netherlands is known for its rich fish population and is one of the best predatory fish areas in Europe. In the many different waters, capital pike and zander can be caught. Also 50 plus perch are not uncommon. This variety of possible target fish is unique and offers a lot of entertainment.
Fishing takes place mainly in the three big lakes Volkerak, Hollands Diep or Haringvliet and in the surrounding rivers. The South Holland region offers enormous opportunities. I concentrate on the Volkerak. However, if the conditions do not allow good fishing, we will choose the surroundings. For this purpose, transfers by trailer and boat are necessary, as the travel time only by boat and through the locks should not be underestimated. This is the ultimate GUIDED FISHING holiday.
The Volkerak is a waterway in the Rhein-Maas delta. In the east it is connected to the Hollands Diep and Haringvliet via the Volkerak locks and is about 63 square kilometres in size. The width is about 2-4 km and it is 6-13 m deep. Directly at the Volkerak there is also a nature reservation.
In former times the Volkerak was a pure zander water and today it has become an important pike reserve. In the Volkerak there are incredibly big pike! Capital fish of over 120 cm or over 20 kilos are regularly caught. The population is large and catches are always possible.
The water has become much clearer in the last few years, which means less zander, but is ideal for pike. However, very large zander are still caught in this water. Perch are common in the Volkerak in size XXL! Even a fish of 50cm is not rare!
At the Volkerak we fish with Shads, Jerkbaits, Wobbler and surely also with Streamer which are presented at the fly rod.
The Haringvliet is an inland waterway in South Holland directly connected to the Hollandsdiep and covers more than 4000 hectares. It is 28 km long, 800 - 3150 m wide and between 8 - 39 m deep.
Also in this water there are countless possibilities for fishing. Perch, zander, asp and pike are caught in good numbers. The perch in these waters reach gigantic sizes and even exceed the magic limit of 50cm!
The Hollands Diep is about 21 km long and is also a coastal inland waterway. It is therefore also a very large water body with an area of about 4000 hectares. The Hollands Diep is divided in the west into the Haringvliet and the Volkerak.
It is an excellent zander and perch water. The ideal fishing technique is vertical fishing. Also capital pike are native in these waters and the shallower areas invite to fish for these predators.
Interesting in these waters, as well as in the Haringvliet, are the extremely seasonally fluctuating flow rates and thus also level fluctuations of almost two meters.