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Portugal is an ideal fishing destination with good fishing year round. The slow moving waters of the rivers and lakes, amongst the rolling plains, in the Alentejo region offer a peaceful haven in which to enjoy a truly wild fishing experience.
In July and August, temperatures are around 40 degrees so it is best to fish at night or early morning. March and April can be rainy but it can also be a good time to fish. Temperatures average 25 degrees during the rest of the year.
Most of the fish are catch and release, however channel catfish, zander and shad can be caught to be eaten. Fish for barbel, carp, mullet and eels on the tidal stretch of the Rio Guidiana at Mertola. Fly fishing for two species of mullet, four species of barbel, carp, shad, black bass in various locations on the reservoirs and the Rio Guidiana.
The reservoirs and rivers in the Alentejo region offer plenty of opportunity for some amazing carp fishing - perhaps even the catch of a lifetime! There are also zones that allow for night fishing, including the Alqueva Dam. Predator fishing for black bass, zander, channel catfish, pike and shad can be done from a boat or the bank at various river locations.
Carp fishing - all year
Barbel - Sept to end May
Shad on fly or spinners - mid April to mid/end May
Zander and Channel Catfish - all year
Black Bass - mid May to mid-October
Mullet grey and flathead on fly - May to October
A licence is required to fish in Portugal. Children under the age of 14 are exempt if accompanied by a parent who holds a valid licence. There are different types of licences available. A Sports Fishing License (Licença de Pesca Desportiva) is for saltwater fishing and a License for Fishing in Inland Waters (Licença de Pesca Desportiva em Águas Interiores) is for freshwater fisheries. There are also National, Regional, Local, Restricted Areas, and Special Licenses for non-residential anglers.
Ensure your passport is valid for your trip. Most destinations insist that your passport must have an expiry date at least 6 months after your return flight. It is important that you check both your issue date and expiry date on your passport. If you have renewed your passport early in the past, the passport office could have added these extra months to your expiry date. Some countries, particularly in the EU, do not recognise these extra months. You should assume that your passport validity is 10 years from the date of issue.
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