General Terms and Conditions for Using the VISpas

The owner of the VISpas must comply with the following conditions and legal regulations. Failure to heed the conditions and legal regulations means that one is considered as fishing without a licence (written permission) and in breach of the Fisheries Act.


1. One is only permitted to fish in the waters stated in the National List of Fishing Waters 2007-2009 if also in possession of a valid VISpas. Without the required VISpas, this List of Fishing Waters provides no rights whatsoever.

2. The owner of the VISpas may fish these waters with a maximum of two rods (that are provided with no more than three one-, two- or three-toothed hooks) and all legally permitted types of bait.

3. Caught fish must be returned to the same water unharmed or - if intended for own consumption - be killed immediately (powerful blow to the head).

It is forbidden to:

4. To sell caught fish.

5. To hold fishing competitions, unless written permission is given by the eligible angling federation or rod sports club. If a competition area is set out alongside a water as a result of a licence being granted, the area must be kept clear.

6. To practice fishing rallies or relay fishing, or any other form of fishing practice where caught fish are taken away in order to determine the result.

7. To be in possession of more than 15 dead seawater fish longer than 15cm on, at or nearby the fishing water.

8. To fish or feed with coloured maggots.

9. To perform acts that could lead to disturbance, destruction or damage of the natural environment and/or another person's property or hindrance of others.

10. To fish in such a manner that (water) fowl are able to grasp bait.

11. To leave fishing line and other waste material behind at the fishing location. The fishing location must be left clean on departure!

12. To set foot on private terrains and banks without permission from the owner, even if one has the right to fish in adjoining water.

13. To set foot on land where there are plantations and crops, or grass that is yet to be cut, unless one has a valid right of access.

14. To take pets if there are free roaming cattle. Gates must be shut when on landed estates.

One must comply with the appropriate regulations and provisions when in recreation areas and nature reserves. These are often indicated on boards.

Anglers are obliged to show the VISpas and accompanying List(s) of Fishing Waters immediately to authorized inspectors from the rod sports club, federation and/or Sportvisserij Nederland, the police or other legally authorized investigating officers for approval. Any instructions given must be acted upon immediately. The inspector is authorized to confiscate the VISpas and List(s) of Fishing Waters in the event that an offence is detected. The inspector is subsequently obliged to submit these documents to the club or federation secretary without delay, giving the reason for confiscation.

Anglers fish at their own risk and are personally responsible for their own actions. Sportvisserij Nederland, the federations and/or the rod sports clubs and owners of fishing waters accept no liability for this whatsoever.

The VISpas and the List(s) of Fishing Waters are strictly personal, but remain the property of the club that issued the VISpas.

The conditions mentioned above apply for all waters in this list. Additional/limiting conditions may apply per federation area or per water. These are notified separately by the appropriate federation or water.

For a number of waters in this list it is stated that fishing may only be done with designated types of bait. In such cases you may only use the following types of bait:

-Bread, potato, dough, cheese, grain and see

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