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Torrential streams, steadily flowing rivers and still, calm lakes – Zillertal offers anglers the perfect array of options for enjoying their hobby. This variety may still not mean a guaranteed catch, but it definitely offers something for everyone. And it’s a good job as fishing is booming!

It is not just the sporting element that makes fishing so popular, but above all the chance to enjoy the diversity of nature. And this is certainly in abundance in Zillertal with its many side valleys. The ideal conditions therefore. After all, fishing is first and foremost about recuperation, switching off from your hectic everyday life, clearing the head and being patient. It is about relaxing in a natural setting and recharging your batteries with positive energy. People in the industry even claim that fishing can heal the soul. And they should know. It is therefore no wonder that fishing is often referred to as yoga for men. This is partly also because fishing can be an extremely varied and diverse activity. It all comes down to your preferences. There are basically two types of fishing: if you prefer the sportier version, you will venture into the flowing water with your fishing rod. This requires frequent changes of position and you will constantly move upstream. Lake fishing, on the other hand, is entirely different. Here, you start by finding a suitable spot, make yourself comfortable in a chair and then sit back and relax in the hope that a fish will bite. The benefit of this version is that those who don’t primarily regard fishing as about peace, quiet and soli-tude can simultaneously have fun with their friends and family.

Fish-rich Zillertal

But if something bites, what is it likely to be? Zillertal is home to an abundance of fish, especially those from the Salmonidae family, which favour life in fresh mountain water: brown trout, rainbow trout and char are the three most common fish species found in Zillertal’s water bodies, although you will also find whitefish, bass, graylings and carp.

All of the aforementioned species have one thing in common: they remain true to their location for life. It can also be observed that the higher up in the mountains the fish live, the slower they grow. This is quite simply due to there being less food available at higher altitudes. The constant movement in the clear mountain water not only provides the ideal lifestyle for trout and co. but also means that the fish is of incomparably high quality.

Brown trout

fast-flowing, oxygen-rich, cool rivers and streams are this fish’s preferred habitat although it also lives in lakes. It usually grows to a length of 20 to 80 cm and weighs up to two kilo-grams. It has a striking light-coloured stomach with red spots and an olive-toned blackish brown back.

Rainbow trout

like the brown trout, this fish lives in various different water bodies. It gets its name from the red stripe along its side. It also differs from the brown trout in that it has a much smaller head and a lighter colour. The black spots on the back are a typical feature.


This fish is recognisable from its orange stomach and wide adipose fin. It is equally as happy in streams, rivers and lakes. The char tends to be slightly smaller and lighter than brown and rainbow trout. For all three species, the spawning season starts in autumn.

There are several ways to catch a fish

Fishing is subject to a few rules. Firstly, the time frame: fishing is permitted in Zillertal from sunrise to sunset from April to October. Anglers can choose their preferred style of fishing, with a differ-entiation generally made between two types. The first of these is fly fishing, which is mainly practised in flowing waters: an artificial fly that imitates an insect on the water is used as bait. If the bait is slightly weighted to imitate flies and beetles in larval form just below the surface of water, the term ‘nymph fishing’ is used.

The second type of fishing is known as spin fishing and is pri-marily suited for lakes. A ‘blinker’ or ‘wobbler’ is used to attract the fish. This comprises a sheet of metal that spins as the bait is pulled through the water on the line. Common forms of bait include honey worms, sweetcorn and cheese, although there is no limit to the imagination in this regard. And then there is the option of towing. This is the term used if the bait is dragged along behind a moving boat. There is no golden rule for a guaranteed catch. Like when buying a lottery ticket, anything is possible! By way of consolation for beginners, it is said that even the most experi-enced anglers need a bit of luck for a catch.

Those who want to give their luck a helping hand should head for Bochra lake. You don’t need a fishing licence for this new, one-hectare fishing pond in Stumm and the chance of a catch is high as the water is teeming with rainbow trout, char and carp. It therefore makes the ideal spot for a family fishing experience or the perfect place for beginners to practice and try new skills. There’s only one thing left to say: tight lines in Zillertal!

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