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Freshwater Fishing in Portugal

An angler is allowed a maximum of two rods per licence. Anglers may have more than one licence at a time, allowing them to have four rods.

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Freshwater fishing areas include:

  • River Tejo tributaries
  • Ocreza River near Pracana
  • Ponsul River near Marachal Carmona
  • Nisa River near Povoa
  • Sor River near Montargil
  • Seda River near Maranchão
  • River Sado tributaries
  • Alcacovas River
  • Alqueva Dam, two hours from Lisbon on one of the largest reservoirs in Europe
  • Chaparro Lakes, 200 acres of water near Salazar
  • Xarrama River, near Trigo de Morais
  • Campilhas River, near Campilhas
  • River Douro at Bemposta, Picote, Miranda do Douro, and the Douro's tributary river, the River Távora
  • Zêzere River, the reservoirs at Castelo do Bode, Bouca, Cabril and Santa Luzia
  • River Cavado at Peniche, Canicada, Salamonde, Venda Nova, Parudela and Alto do Rabagão


Freshwater fishing seasons

Generally the freshwater fishing season runs between April and November. Fishing is not allowed between sunset and sunrise.

Note: In places where salmon breed no fishing of any kind is allowed except during the salmon season.







0 # Blake Schwarz 2019-03-20 16:13
Hey everyone, am traveling to Portugal in late May for a couple weeks and trying to figure out the best places to fish for freshwater fish, pike, bass, sturgeon and also curious about transportation and travel to these places as well. I was also interested in oceanic fishing too but am most interested in freshwater. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
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+1 # Ian 2018-08-18 16:28
Talking about Portugal not UK
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-1 # john bate 2017-02-13 00:27
details are not correct only allowed 2 rods per angler unless you join the carp club then its 3 rods per angler not per permit season starts 16th may not july
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