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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a fishing licence


If you want to fish or fish in Saxony-Anhalt, you need a fishing license, which must be carried with you and presented on request.

A distinction is made between:

  • fishing licence authorising all permitted fishing methods, and
  • Youth, special and fried fish fishing licenses.

Fishing licences are issued for 1 to 5 years and for life.

You do not need a fishing license if you,

  • assist a holder of a fishing licence in fishing,
  • fish during a course, under the supervision of the trainer.

For fishing in the respective waters, you also need a fishing permit (fishing license), which you can purchase from the local fishing clubs or fishing associations and the professional fishermen.

You can apply for the fishing licence in person or in writing. Another person can also make the application for you. You must issue a power of attorney to this person.

Please contact the lower fisheries authority. These can be found in the public order offices of the districts and independent cities.

Fishing permit:

To obtain a fishing license, you must pass the fishing exam successfully. Sufficient knowledge of fish species, the conservation of fish stocks and water management, fishing gear and its use, the treatment of fish caught and the provisions of animal, water, nature conservation and animal health law which are important for fishing must be demonstrated there.

To be admitted to the exam, you must attend a 30-hour preparatory course in which the knowledge required for the exam will be imparted. Such courses are offered by fishing clubs and educational institutions.

Youth fishing licence:

Young people can only obtain a youth fishing licence, for which they must have passed a youth fishing examination. The youth fishing licence only entitles the holder to fish for peace.


Persons who only want to practice peace fishing have the opportunity to acquire a fried fishing license.

Special fishing licence:

Persons who, due to a disability, are unable to pass a fishing examination corresponding to their age have the opportunity to obtain a special fishing licence. However, the special fishing licence only entitles the holder to fish for peace in the company of an adult who holds a fishing licence.

  • Certificate of passing the exam
  • Equality by the Upper Fisheries Authority
  • proof of training as a professional fisherman
  • written declaration in accordance with Annex 4 of the AB-FischG
  • Passport photo (not older than 1 year)
  • if necessary. the applicant's last fishing licence

Further information on the documents/attachments required in individual cases can be found in Section 12 of the AB-FischG or from the responsible lower fisheries authority.

Fees for the acceptance of examinations:

  • Fishing examination from the age of 18 – 56,00 Euro
  • Fisherman's examination up to the age of 18 – 28,00 Euro
  • Friedfischfischerprüfung from the age of 18 – 56,00 Euro
  • Friedfischfischerprüfung up to the age of 18 - 28,00 Euro
  • Youth fishing exam – 28,00 Euro

Fees for the issuance of fishing licences:

  • Fishing licenses and fried fishing licenses for 1 - 2 years: 7,70 Euro per year
  • Fishing licenses and fried fishing licenses for 3 - 4 years: 6,70 Euro per year
  • Fishing licenses and fried fishing licenses for 5 years: 30,00 Euro
  • Fishing licences and fried fishing licences for life: 150,00 Euro
  • Fishing licences and fried fishing licences for young people from the age of 14 to 18: EUR 2.60 per year
  • Special fishing licenses for 1 - 5 years: 2,60 Euro per year
  • Special fishing licences for life: 65,00 Euro
  • Youth fishing licences: 2.60 euros per year.

In addition, the Land of Saxony-Anhalt levies a fishing levy for measures of fisheries protection, fish species protection, fisheries research and for special measures of fishing conservation:

  • Fishing licenses and fried fishing licenses for 1 - 5 years: 6,00 Euro per year
  • Youth fishing licences and special fishing licences: € 1.00 per year
  • Fishing licences for life: 125,00 Euro

Fisherman's examinations take place at least 1x a year. The date is set by the districts or district-free cities (lower fishing authorities).

Registration for the Fisherman's Examination must be made no later than 4 weeks before the examination date.

In addition to the prescribed compulsory course, an online application can be used to prepare for the written part of the fisherman's examination. By taking a simulated fisherman's examination, the online application makes it possible to assess the level of knowledge acquired. Like the "right" exam, the exam simulation comprises a total of 60 questions, each of which contains 15 questions from the fields of fish science, equipment science, hydrology and law.

Information on how to obtain the fishing permit (fishing permit) can be obtained from:

  • the national angling associations as well as
  • the Landesfischereiverband Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Energy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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