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Fishing in Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Thunderous mountain streams, crystal clear lakes, and shady pools where trout, char and greyling are at home. Fishing in Austria is an insiders tip kept by fisher all over the world.



Trophy Fish from the River Gail
The Gail is one of the most pristine waters of the Alpine area. The river - actually still a torrent - squeezes through deep gorges before opening up into delightful meadows, then plunging back into the depths of the Lesachtal Valley. Besides the natural beauty of the river landscape, the Gail is of drinking water quality and the fishing pressure is low. Six tributaries await amateur anglers with large quantities of natural offspring, which means that artificial restocking is not required here. In addition to the dominant brown trout, the rainbow trout and the reintroduced greyling are at home in the Gail and its tributaries. The "Bärfalle", the trophy route for fly fishermen, is rarely touched due to its difficult accessibility. This area, thanks to its unspoiled state, offers the chance to make quite a remarkable catch.



Hohe Tauern Mountain Water
The Grossarl Valley offers plenty of opportunities for anglers on the Grossarl Ache, from Grossarl to the Hüttschlag valley head in the National Park Hohe Tauern. The crystal clear mountain water from the Schöder Valley and from the Keeskogel Glacier offers an excellent home for local fish, with quiet river passages, big pools, rapids, rock waterfalls and gravel banks, surrounded by lush alpine meadows and pastures. What's more and unique in the province of Salzburg, since 1998 a special rarity only seldom encountered - the silvery gleaming alpine salmon (up to 1,20m / 3.9 ft long) - has been kept in the Ötzlsee Lake at the head of the Grossarl Valley.



Numerous Fishing Waters in the Tannheimer Tal
Fishing season starts on 1st April in the Tannheimer Tal. An excellent fish population in marvelous mountain scenery turns the Tirolean high valley into a real hot tip. Also, most of the fishing waters are not private property. With a fishing permission and upon presentation of a sports fishing passport, you may fish to your hearts content.

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