A fishing licence is a personal and non-transferable permit granting access to areas designated for fishing as an amateur sporting activity. The purpose of the licence is to preserve natural resources.
There are different types of fishing licences in Luxembourg, which vary depending on the type of fishing and the fishing area:
- tourist fishing licences;
- ordinary fishing licences;
- Class A special licences;
- Class B special licences.
Who is concerned
Anyone of at least 14 years of age who wishes to fish in the waters bordering with Germany must have a fishing licence. Minors may fish without a license under the supervision of someone aged 18 or older who holds an adult fishing license.
Licences are issued to specific persons only. They are valid throughout the Grand Duchy and must be produced if asked to do so by the police.
Inland waterway fishing licences
- Ordinary licences for fishing in Category 2 waters (non-navigable or non-floatable rivers): EUR 18/year or EUR 4/month ("tourist licences"). Prerequisite: possession of a legally required written authorisation to fish in inland Category 2 waters, issued by the holder of the fishing rights. The written authorisation must be submitted in duplicate to the Water and Forestry Administration (Administration des Eaux et Forêts) for registration;
- Class A special licences, comprising the fishing rights granted under ordinary licences, plus the right to fish from the banks of Category 1 waters (public, navigable and floatable waters): EUR 30/year, EUR 6/month ("tourist licence");
- Class B special licences, comprising fishing rights granted under ordinary licences and Class A special licences, plus the right to fish from a boat in Category 1 waters (public, navigable and floatable waters): EUR 40/year, EUR 8/month ("tourist licence");
Fishing licences for waters bordering with Germany
- Class A special licence (Moselle, Sûre, Our), valid for hand-line fishing from the riverbank. The cost of the licence is EUR 15/year; EUR 10/month; EUR 5/week;
Note: For fishing in the Our, authorisation from the owner of the waterfront property for access to the riverbank is also required.
- Class B special licence (Moselle and Sûre), valid for hand-line fishing from a boat or other similar floating or fixed apparatus. Class B fishing licences grant the rights granted under both Class A and Class B licences. The cost of the licence is EUR 40/year; EUR 25/month; EUR 10/week.
- Group weekly fishing licences, issued to groups of more than 12 people who fish together. This licence permits fishing only from the riverbank and costs EUR 5 per person.
- Fishing licence for the Vianden Dam: an annual licence costs EUR 25 and is issued by the Société Electrique de l'Our (SEO), 2, rue Pierre d'Aspelt, L-1142 Luxembourg. From 1 April to 30 November, tourist licences cost EUR 12.50 for 2 weeks. They may be issued by the Syndicat d'initiative (Tourism Office), 1a, rue du Vieux Marché, in L-9419 Vianden.
The annual fee charged for Class A annual fishing licences is EUR 10 for recipients of cost-of-living allowances and Class B or C priority or disability cardholders.
How to proceed
Types of fishing licences
There are different types of fishing licences in Luxembourg that vary depending on certain criteria:
- tourist fishing licences are valid for one month for fishing in inland waters. They are not renewable and valid only if presented with an identity document;
- ordinary licences authorise the holder to fish in non-navigable or non-floatable rivers for which the fishing rights belong to local residents (provided that they are the rightful owner of the fishing rights, or have obtained authorisation from the rightful owner);
- Class A special licences grant, in addition to the rights attached to ordinary licences, the right to fish from the banks of navigable and floatable rivers for which the fishing rights belong to the State;
- Class B special licences grant, in addition to the rights attached to ordinary licences and Class A special licences, the right to fish from a boat or other similar floating or fixed apparatus in the navigable and floatable rivers for which the fishing rights belong to the State.
Ordinary fishing licences and Class A or B fishing licences are valid for one year from the date of issue or renewal. They may be renewed for 8 consecutive years. They are issued to one person only and bear a photograph of the holder, who must be at least 14 years old. All licences are valid in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg only.
Regardless of the type of licence, a distinction is made between fishing:
- in inland waters in Luxembourg:
- Category 1: navigable and floatable waters (public waters):
- the Esch-sur-Sûre reservoir;
- the Sûre from the mouth of the Alzette to the mouth of the Our in Wallendorf;
- Category 2: non-navigable, non-floatable rivers (leased waters).
- in waters bordering with Germany:
- Moselle: from Schengen to Wasserbillig;
- part of the Sûre that forms the border: from Wasserbillig to Wallendorf;
- Our: from the border waters near Lieler to Wallendorf, including the Vianden reservoir.
To fish in border waters, the only two categories of fishing licences (which may be annual, monthly, weekly or daily group) are Category A and B special licences. They grant the same rights as for fishing in inland waters.
Fishing licences for border waters
Fishing licences for border waters are sold at most communal administration offices.
Fishing licences are also sold at the offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA – AED) upon presentation of an identity document.
Fishing licences for the Vianden reservoir are issued by the Société Electrique de l'Our (SEO).
Fishing licences for internal waters
Fishing licences for internal waters may be obtained from most communal administration offices.
Fishing licences are also issued by:
In both of these cases, applicants must first go to the offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority to obtain a receipt for payment for the registration of the permit (applicants must provide a recent photo).
To optimise the issuance of their fishing licenses by the
Water Management Authority
, applicants are advised to
arrange a meeting
with the Biology and Fisheries Service at the following number:
- Esch-Belval: (+352) 24 556 236;
- Diekirch : (+352) 24 556 664.
Annual licences may be extended by affixing a stamp, which can be obtained from the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority.
Who to contact