Inland fishing in Gran Canaria is something that many people who visit the island, never do, because don’t realize how much fun it can be. Most arrive at the airport, go to the hotels, and beaches, and then back home. So, if you want to try something different, you can do some fishing, see the center of the island, and relax at the same time. All inland fishing is catch-and-release, because they are protected species. You can get a fine if you don’t return the fish.
What Kinds of Fish Can You Find ?
Carps and black bass can be found in the Presa de Chira, which is one the best places for inland fishing in Gran Canaria. There are literally thousands of them, weighing from 5 kilos(10 pounds) to huge ones of 22 kilos (50 pounds).
What You Need
Inland fishing license: This is issued by the Gran Canaria government, and is only valid for inland fishing only for this island. IMPORTANT: The shore fishing license is NOT valid for this type of fishing.
Land owners' permission: They charge a small fee, to allow you to fish from their land.
Equipment: Fishing rods, flies, lures, etc.
Food: Take enough food, drinking water, and drinks.
Sun protection: Hats, sun lotion, and sunglasses, to protect you from the hot sunshine.
Camera: To take photos, and show-off to your friends and relatives.
Best Places to go Inland Fishing in Gran Canaria
There are over 20 reservoirs in Gran Canaria:
Presa de Chira: This is the recommended lake, because it is one of the few that always has water in it. Because of this, you will definitely be able to find carps and bass, which are bigger than the ones you will find in other inland lakes.
Presa de las Niñas: The carps here are smaller, and the average size is around 6 kilos.
Return the fish to the sea, after fishing. They are a protected species, so you aren’t allowed to eat them.
Keep the land clean, before you leave.
Keep the noise level down.
No fires. There are certain times of the year where you can take small gas cookers. To know more about this, you can contact the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, which is the local government. During heat waves, it is strictly prohibited to make fires.
While fishing, don’t throw unprepared maize, or anything else. It is a reservoir, and has to be maintained clean.
In the 10 minute video below, you can watch Dave showing people how to fish in the Presa de Chira inland water reservoir.
Inland Fishing License
For freshwater fishing in Gran Canaria, a special license is required. It is only valid on this island, and for inland fishing. NOT valid for shore fishing. To apply for this license, click here, print the form, fill it with your details, choose the "Quincenal" option (license for 15 days), and take it to Cabildo de Gran Canaria (government office). The address is at the bottom of the form. Currently we do not offer this service online.
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