Yes, you can go out and catch your own fish in Prague and around the Czech Republic – but where? And under what conditions?
The Czech Fishing Union, with roots dating back to the late 19th century, is a good place to learn about fishing in the Czech Republic. The association’s website has a page in English which provides information about the association, what it does, and the like.
However, when you seek out information about the laws governing fishing, you have to have enough knowledge of Czech to understand the menu headings; click on the right heading, and you can find the relevant information in English. This page, for example, outlines the rules governing the times of year and times of day allowed for various types of fishing, in addition to information on what type of equipment is allowed.
For those who would rather not print out the list of rules, several groups offer fishing tours. A list of a few such organizations is given below.
Send a request for a trip on this company’s website, and all will be done for you – gaining the necessary permits, finding accommodations, providing fishing gear, etc. Fly fishing and ice fishing are among the services offered. The website is in English, Russian, and Japanese.
As the name says, this company provides fishing experiences in the Šumava region. The website (which is in English) states that the usual fishing package includes a week’s accommodations, a license, the necessary permits, and a map of popular fishing holes, and more. The company can arrange membership in the local fishing club, which will entitle the member to a discount on fishing permits. Transportation from the airport to your lodging is available for a fee. Fly fishing lessons are also offered.
As with the other companies, this one arranges accommodations, permits, meals, equipment, and transportation to and from fishing holes. Those wishing to stay in Prague for a few days prior to traveling to the fishing location(s) need only let the company know, and lodging will be arranged. The website is in English.
Only one page of this site is in English, but it’s the most important one. The fishing guide, Radek Filip, is the editor-in-chief of Kajman, an angling magazine. Fishing lessons are offered, in addition to carp, pike, barbell, and fly fishing. Packages include transportation from the customer’s choice of location (the airport, the customer’s lodging, etc.), a photo album, equipment, and more. When reserving a fishing package, a deposit of 50% is required. In addition to (of course) Czech, the guides speak English, German, and basic Russian.
Šiman’s online fishing store contains a wealth of merchandise for all things fishing. The man himself teaches course in fly fishing, at which he is an expert. Courses start in mid-April and run through November. The website mentions that this is a “catch and release” proposition. The three-day package includes accommodations, meals, and a certificate given upon the completion of the course.