Fishing in Cyprus
Fishing in Cyprus
Cyprus is one of the best places to enjoy deep sea fishing or angling in the many dams and harbours around the island. There are many areas that are ideal and waiting to be discovered by amateur and experienced anglers. The obvious choice would be the sea, but there are also some amazing dams that offer a stretch of water and beautiful scenery. The warm sunny climate for at least 9 months of the year makes Cyprus the ideal location for those who enjoy fishing.
Freshwater Fishing is possible in more than 10 dams around the island. The fish that you can catch are trout, bass and carp to name a few of the 15 species that are prominent in these areas. There are some rules and regulations that you need to consider if you want to take part in freshwater fishing. These are set by the Fisheries and Marine Research department and you would need to apply for a license. No fishing is allowed with aids or chemicals and you will have to use a single rod with a hook. There is also a limit applied to certain species of fish. Fishing on freshwater reservoirs is only allowed from the banks of the dam.
Achna Dam is one of the most popular reservoirs on the island. This dam is located in the Famagusta district of the Republic of Cyprus and is only a short drive away from Ayia Napa and Protaras. The main fish caught in this area are mirror and common carp and roach with regular sightings of large bass. Lymbia is another dam which is located on the road between Larnaca and Nicosia. Dipotamos which is between Larnaca and Limassol also offers a variety of fish which include Pikeperch, Roach, Bass, Carp, Catfish and Tilapia. In the village of Lefkara you will find the Lefkara reservoir which has rapfen carp which is only found in this area. Twenty miles from Larnaca is the Kalavassos dam which is a very popular fishing reservoir.
In Limassol you will find the Germasogeia reservoir which has Carp, Roach, Bleak, Bass, Catfish, Mosquito fish, Tilapia, Pumpkinseed, and Pikeperch. The well-known Kouris Dam is located on the Limassol – Troodos road and is the second largest dam in Cyprus. Paphos also has its share of reservoirs the best known is Asprokremmos Dam which is the largest dam in Cyprus. This beautiful area is located only ten minutes from Paphos Airport. The other dam located in Paphos is the Mavrokolympos which is a few kilometers from the resort of Coral Bay. In the Polis area you will find the Evretou reservoir which is located in the picturesque hills of the Paphos district. For more details and the cost of a license, you can log onto the Cyprus Freshwater Angling Association and the Cyprus Department of Fisheries and Marine Research Website for the latest regulations.
There are different forms of sea fishing. Apart from the angling from land or boat, there is spear fishing which many people enjoy at night. If you are going to fish commercially or use traps and nets you might need to obtain a license. Fishing is only allowed away from designated swimming areas. Fishing boats are plentiful and you will be able to take trips from all harbours around the island. Fishing excursions are organized which include permits, fishing equipment, a packed lunch and beverages. For the high end traveler there are also Yacht charters for 5 star treatment and fishing.
For more information on sea fishing contact The Department of Fisheries & Marine Research and the different fishing boat organizers on the island.