Fishing Licences and Law
Fundamentals of recreational fishing
For fishing in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania (MV) you always need two documents: a (tourist) fishing license and the fishing permit for the respective waters.
Please keep in mind that the following rules & regulations only refer to coastal waters of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania!
Rules & Regulations of the inland waters of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as well as for coastal and inland waters of other German states might differ.
Accepted Licences and where to buy
For fishing in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV), you always need two documents: a valid fishing licence and a fishing permission for the respective water. The fishing licenses of the other states of Germany, provided they are valid and the holder is not registered with his/her main domicile in M-V, are also accepted for fishing. People who do not have an official fishing licence can obtain a tempory fishing licence (“tourist fishing licence / Touristenfischereischein”). It is valid for 28 days, costs 24 €. It can be extended several times during the calendar year, each time for 13 €. You can find a brochure with English translation about the tourist fishing licence (“Broschüre”), the list of authorised issuing offices (“Adressliste”) and the application document for a limited fishing license or its extension (“Formblatt”) here.
In addition to the general fishing licence, you need a fishing permit. In MV, no waters can be fished without permission. For the coastal waters, including the inner coastal waters and the Baltic Sea up to 12 nautical miles, the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania holds the fishing licence for these waters, provided third parties do not also have a right to fish. The fishing licence can be obtained in local fisheries offices, tackle shops, tourist agencies on site, or online at the responsible State Office as well as on fiskado.de. You can buy a day permit for 6 €, a weekly ticket for 12 € or a permit for the whole calendar year for 30 €. Annual permits for children, young people or people with a disabled person’s pass are available for 10 euros. Children up to age 14 can go fishing without a fishing licence, but with their own fishing permit. They can also join in under your supervision – in the area for which your documents apply, while observing the local rules and regulations, and as long as you keep the child within sight and ensure that the rules and regulations of fisheries and nature and fauna conservation protection are complied with.