Fish species and biting times

The Baltic Sea coast, Bodden waters, Haffs as well as crystal clear lakes and rivers offer a unique variety of fishes. When the chances to fish for pike& Co. A look at our calendar with the biting times of important target fish reveals that the fishing seasons are the biggest in the world.


The Baltic Sea coast, Bodden waters, Haffs as well as crystal clear lakes and rivers offer a unique variety of fish. When the chances to fish for pike& Co. A look at our calendar with the biting times of important target fish will reveal when the fishing seasons are at their best.


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s inland is a unique angler’s paradise with over 2.000 lakes and countless rivers and canals. With this selection, there is a suitable area and the right fish for every angler.

The river crossing of Trebel, Tollense and Peene is one of the freshwater areas with the most fish in the Federal Republic of Germany. Here near Demmin 35 species have already been detected. The Plauer See and some other big lakes have already brought vacationers several times ten-kilo pikes. In the Narrow Luzin and in the Tollensesee the vendace living in great depths go to the hook.

Top 6 fish in the lakes and rivers:
  • Eel
  • Brown trout
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Carp
  • Zander

Saltwater fish – unique variety on the coast and Bodden

Endless wide beaches, dense reeds and quiet bays promise fishing pleasure at the highest level. And under the surface of the water almost everything that has fish bones.

On the Baltic Sea the fishing year begins – when the water is ice-free – in February with the stalking of sea trout. From March the herring come to the coast in huge shoals for spawning. Even inexperienced anglers pull them out of the cold waters in rows. This is also the peak season for salmon trolling. In April, fishing for garfish begins on the beaches, piers and jetties. Flatfish are coveted prey in May. From May on, the two-month pike season ends in the Bodden waters – the hunting season for the really big fish is then opened.

Biting times (fishing calendar)

Fishing brochure

Fishing with children

Fishing licenses and cards

Top 6 fish in the Baltic Sea:

  • Cod

Shortly after the herring – when the rape blossoms in rich yellow – the elongated garfish with the green bones cavort in the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea. For generations the people of Mecklenburg have been expecting the silver fish with their grass-green bones in their thousands and thousands in spring (May and June) – after all, they know about the pleasure of a crispy fried or golden smoked horn fish. The tasty garfish are easy to catch with a spinning rod, fly rod or float rod.

The chances of catching garfish are also good when fishing from a cutter. A few hundred meters off the coast, the silver arrows swarm in late spring, so that within a very short period of time Dozens of garfish can be pulled out of the water. Also over the whole year the one or other "Horni" lands as by-catch in the catch baskets of the anglers.

The silver gold of the Baltic Sea streams from March to spawn on the coasts. But also throughout the year smaller shoals can be found in the Baltic Sea.

The Start of the herring season in March is like a folk festival in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In many places, anglers then occupy the piers and quaysides to pursue the silver gold of the Baltic Sea. Until May, the fish come to the coast in thousands and thousands to spawn. From the cutter the herrings are then also easy to bait. But also throughout the year the herring can be found in smaller schools in the Baltic Sea. A look at the echo sounder usually tells the captains the exact location, in order to align the boat above the shoal.

Like herring and garfish, mackerel can be found in large schools and can be fished from the cutter using special mackerel paternosters. It is not only one of the most popular food fish in Germany, but also captivates by its unusual appearance.

Mackerel are easily recognized by their torpedo-shaped bodies and blue-green mottled patterns. Mackerel, like herring and garfish, gather in large shoals, which makes fishing especially interesting. Within a short period of time, 20 or more fish can be caught at the same spot.

Plaice, flounder and dab are an ideal alternative to cod – anglers can use natural bait to lure the tasty flatfish out of hiding.

It does not always have to be cod. The "flats" can also be fished well from the cutter. Especially when the cod is not in the mood to bite, plaice, flounder and dab are ideal alternatives. As so-called hunters, they are usually found on the sandy seabed, where they lie in wait for their prey. Anglers can use natural baits such as lugworms, pieces of herring or whole tobias to lure the fish out of their hiding place.

The small relatives of the cod are found in greater depths of the Baltic Sea and are therefore ideal for fishing from the cutter from late summer to autumn.

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