Fishing in the rivers of Asturias
Asturias is a veritable paradise for anglers. Its deep rivers of crystal-clear water, constant drops and small waterfalls attract thousands of people every year, who test their patience and skill with the rod with one main goal in mind: to catch a salmon. Fishing raises high expectations in this region. Fancy trying it out?
Every year, mid March hails one of the most awaited moments in Asturias: the start of the fishing season, a major event for all lover's of the sport. The rivers in this region, which is situated in the north of Spain, should be at the top of any agenda when it comes to salmon, which thrive in this extraordinary natural habitat. The season starts in early spring, when anglers and their rods become part of the everyday landscape along the Asturian rivers. Their clean, fast-flowing waters are ideal for pursuing the art of fishing. Many of them flow through deep valleys, winding their way between gorges and ravines. Rivers such as the Navia, the Sella, the Cares, the Narcea, the Esva or the Eo, among others, with their falls of transparent, oxygenated waters, are teeming with salmon, trout and sea trout, though they are not the only species.
But before getting the tackle ready, casting our rod and testing our luck, it is important to find out as much as possible about the stretch of river where we are going to fish, as it may be a free access area, private land, a game preserve, an area of non-kill fishing or under Special Protection. The best option is to visit the tourist information centers, where you can get specific details on all of these matters.
To be able to fish in a restricted area, you must obtain an official permit, which will vary depending on whether you are an EU citizen or not. If you would like to know how and when to apply for one or the number of licenses issued, you can visit the Principality of Asturias Environmental Information System. There are also companies who take care of the entire process involved in obtaining authorizations and permits. We assure you that it is well worth visiting the river basins of Asturias, and feel the excitement of fishing in a truly privileged setting, surrounded by Mother Nature at her best.
Depending on the river and type of restrictions, a long season awaits you right through to November where fun is guaranteed all the way. You just need to bring your hooks, lures, boots, rods and a big basket for keeping your catch. Try your luck and enjoy the privilege of fishing in this unique region.
- Principality of Asturias Environmental Information System (Web site only available in Spanish)