Steve & Juliet Wellier

The river Ebro is famous amongst the worlds angling community. This immense river provides the chance and challenge of landing a giant Wells catfish. If you have a licence(*), the right tackle and a strong will, then why not try and land a giant. River guides are scattered up and down the river and most offer fishing from either the bank and/or from a boat. They also come with years of experience of fishing this stretch of water.It is strongly recommended you take on their advice. The river is forever changing and with strong undercurrents and changing conditions, these are the people to listen to!

DSC_00962364Yet this awesome river has more than just catfish. It is loaded with amazing fish, such as huge carp which always prove an exciting challenge on this river. So, if fighting a giant is not for you then fear not! There is plenty of other fish in the river to take on.

(*)Licences and regulations

A fresh water licence is required (licencia de pesca) if you wish to fish in Spain. There are a few options available, ranging from  a few days up to 5 years. Proof of identity (NIF/NIE passport is now asked for) and payment is all you should need. Unless you intend to fish in regions such as Andalusia, where you will have to show proof of civil liability insurance. It’s always a good idea to check with your guide or with the regionals government before embarking on your trip.

Each region will have their own restrictions on the number of licences issued per day, size of fish caught (often the number as well), bait used and techniques used. Local town halls and tourist offices can provide information on local fishing areas. They can also provide a fishing map (mapa de pesca fluvial). This will provide you with very useful information on where to fish, what you may catch plus details on seasons and licences.

The trout season opens in March and closes at the end of August.

The salmon season opens on the first Sunday in March and closes on the second Sunday in July.

Sea fishing( from a boat licence is different to river or beach fishing one!) is prohibited from one hour after sunset, until one hour before sunrise.

Many regional governments will issue you a licence online. If that is not an option for you licences can be purchased from town halls, savings banks and regional offices. Some guides will take care of licence for an additional fee, but not all of them. will process licence applications online for the following regions :       Aragon, Asturias, Castile & Leon, Castile-la Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura and Navarre