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Fishing License Exhibition

If you want to fish in Lower Saxony, you need a fishing license in many cases. It is not mandatory under fishing law; however, most fishing license holders make it a prerequisite for the issuance of the fishing permit.

If you want to fish in an inland water where you are not a fishing licence or a fishing leaseholder, you will always need a certificate issued by the authorised person (fishing permit) in addition to your fishing licence or identity card. The same applies to the coastal waters of the Weser in Lower Saxony.

The fishing permit (fishing permit) must be obtained from the owner or the fishing lessee of the water. Questions about this can often be answered by the local fishing associations.
Information on the Lower Saxony fisherman's examination can be found on the websites of the angling associations listed below or from your local fishing association.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the joint municipality and the city in which you reside.


  • Completion of the 14th year of life
  • Passed the fisherman's examination, either
    • at a recognised state fishing association or
    • as prescribed in another federal state or
    • Passed the exam as a professional fisherman
  • in the case of minors, additionally:
    • Interview with a legal representative with an identity card

Which documents are required?

  • certificate of a passed prescribed fisherman's examination, or
  • Proof of an examination as a professional fisherman
  • Passport photo
  • Identity card
  • in the case of minors, additionally:
    • Interview with a legal representative with an identity card

What are the fees?

Emission: 45,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed. The fishing licence is valid for an indefinite period of time.

What else should I know?

In Lower Saxony there is only a lifelong fishing license, not a youth or tourist license, as offered by other states.

The federal states have agreed at the level of the fisheries ministries that the state examinations and also the fishing license are mutually recognized.

A fishing tax is not levied in Lower Saxony.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)