Sea Fishing in Croatia: Best places to go fishing in Croatia

Fishing in Croatia: A True Adventure on the Adriatic Sea

Discover Croatia's beautiful coastline and the biodiversity of its sea and begin an unforgettable sea fishing adventure! Find out about essential equipment, and permits and get to know the most popular fish species of the Adriatic.

Croatia invites you to an unforgettable sea fishing adventure on its breathtaking coastline. Picture waking up in a luxurious beachfront villa in Croatia and hearing the gentle sound of waves, as the sea breeze promises you an exciting fishing experience. Croatia is known not only for its stunning coastal beauty and luxury villas but also for its diverse sea world. In this blog, you will discover everything you need to know for your sea adventure in this beautiful country, and get tips on how to combine it with a stay in one of our exclusive villas.

Croatia offers a great variety of fish species, both freshwater and saltwater and the type of fishing you plan and are interested in depends on the part of Croatia you are visiting. For example, many rivers and lakes offer species of freshwater fish such as river trout, mackerel, pike, and carp, but we are sure you are interested in saltwater fish since you are probably visiting the stunning coast for a summer fishing adventure. 

Before you head out on your fishing day adventure, careful preparation is essential. Here are the most important facts about Croatian fishing and the best places to go fishing:

Fishing Gear

Depending on your preferred fishing method, you will need a fishing gear and appropriate equipment. Spinning rods, reels, and bait boxes are favored choices for recreational fishing in Croatia. For spearfishing, you will need a diving suit, a dive mask, swimfins, weights and, of course, a speargun. It is also important to note that the mandatory equipment of underwater fishermen includes a buoy, which serves for the safety of the diver. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can also rent or buy it at local stores. Plan your fishing trip accordingly and familiarize yourself with the fishing techniques in Croatia which will make your experience even better. For your safety, it is extremely important to familiarize yourself with the fishing gear and also Croatian fishing license which is crucial for anglers of all levels. 

Fishing License in Croatia

Both locals and tourists must obtain a fishing license to fish in Croatia. They are available online or at local tourist offices and vary in duration and type of fishing. A fishing license in Croatia is more than just a permit; it is a key that gives you access to the rich waters of the country. The revenue from the licenses is used for the protection and conservation of Croatia's fish populations and marine habitat. It is a sign of the country's commitment to sustainable fishing and the protection of its natural resources. Licenses are available in different categories, including daily, weekly, monthly and annual ones. For tourists who are in Croatia only for a short time, daily or weekly licenses are often the best choice. However, if you are considering a longer stay or regular fishing trips, a monthly or annual license may be more suitable. Applying for a license is easy and convenient. You can easily purchase it online at the official website of the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development or contact local tourist offices. However, it is advisable to purchase your license in advance to ensure that you can start your adventure smoothly.

Fishing along the Croatian Coast

Fishing with the most beautiful view of the Zadar sunset

Fishing vacation in Croatia provides a unique experience no matter if you are an angler or a beginner. Here are some essential tips and the best spots to go fishing in Croatia so you can make the most of your fishing and catch a great number of fish:

Fishing spots in Croatia

Croatia offers a variety of fishing spots and destinations for anglers, each with its charm. Some may believe that deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, or fishing from a boat are the best options to experience perfect fishing in Croatia, but fishing from the shore can be equally entertaining. There are plenty of fish species in Croatia and no matter which region you choose, whether it is Istria, Dalmatia, or Kvarner Bay, you will not be disappointed. Adriatic Sea is considered one of the best when it comes to the delicious fish found. 

Fishing Seasons

Plan your fishing excursion accordingly, because the best fishing can only be done when you know which fish species you can catch in which season. Check local fishing guides or ask locals for the best time to catch your desired fish species. For example, in winter time fishing at dusk or night fishing with good fishing techniques will result in catching a squid.

Sustainable Fishing

Croatia places a strong emphasis on sustainable fishing practices. Different fish species can be found everywhere and be sure to follow catch limits and fishing regulations in Croatia to protect marine ecosystems. 

Biodiversity in Croatian Waters

The Adriatic Sea is rich in various fish species, as confirmed by the fact that more than 400 fish species and subspecies have been recognized in it, so fishing in Croatia offers you an unforgettable experience. These fish are divided into bluefish (large and small), whitefish, cartilaginous fish, mixed marine fish, and cephalopods so can you imagine how exciting it is to go snorkeling in the Adriatic and encounter them firsthand? Snorkeling and swimming around the Kornati National Park or the Krk island can be pretty exciting and you don't have to worry about the sharks in Croatia. Let's explore which famous and popular species of fish you may encounter to catch:

Big Red Scorpionfish

Due to its taste, this fish is one of the most popular fish in the Adriatic and is often used in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The Big Red Scorpionfish has a striking reddish-brown color and its tricky patterns ensure that it blends in unnoticed to the rocky and sandy seabed. However, you have to be careful when catching this fish because it has poisonous spikes on its dorsal fin that can cause painful stings.

The Poisonous Big Red Scorpionfish 

John Dory

Another fish that is very popular in terms of taste and is one of the highest quality fish is the John Dory fish. Its appearance is unusual, being oval and flattened on the sides. This fish has a green color, a silver belly and a black spot on each side. The meat of the John Dory is tasty, soft and easily digestible, making it very appreciated by anyone who prefers fish with few bones.


One of the most difficult fish to catch is certainly the Dentex, which is why it is such a desirable catch. The preferred habitats of the dentex are capes and narrow canyons between islands, which makes catching the dentex much more difficult. The body of this fish is elongated and the top of the body is reddish to blue-gray in color, with irregular black spots all over the body.

The Dentex - one of the most desirable catches 


Tuna fishing and the bluefin tuna, with its sleek form and vibrant blue hues, offer an exciting challenge to fishermen. Renowned for its rich flavor and athletic prowess, encountering a bluefin tuna in Croatian seas promises an unforgettable experience. This prized catch symbolizes both the raw power of the Adriatic and the deep maritime heritage of Croatia, making it a must for any adventurous angler exploring the saltwater.

Gilthead seabream

The gilthead sea bream, also called “the Queen of the Sea”, is one of the most famous inhabitants of the Adriatic, whose meat surpasses most white fish in taste and quality. This fish is characterized by a large and strong head and an oval body, greenish-blue in the upper part and grayish-silver on the sides, while it has a golden stripe on the front of its head.

Successful fishing for Gilthead Sea Breams 

Sea Bass

After getting introduced to the Queen of the Sea, it is time to get to know the sea bass, which is considered the “Ruler of the Coastal Sea”. This fish also has a large head with a large and powerful mouth filled with many small teeth. The top of the body of this fish is lead-gray, while the middle of its body is silvery and the bottom is silvery-white.

Sea Basses caught with a speargun 


Besides fish, fishermen also like to catch squid, which belong to the cephalopods. The squid's body is spindle-shaped with a thin, transparent skin covering the muscle tissue. Squid can be caught from shore, boat, or while trolling. The best time to catch squid is from September to spring and you will ned to jig if you want to catch it. 

Make Your Fishing Experience Better with Luxury Villas

Is there anything better after a day of fishing than relaxing in one of our first class villas? Imagine yourself relaxing by the pool, enjoying a glass of fine Croatian wine or preparing the fish you caught on the grill and sharing your fishing experiences with your friends. It can all be possible if you spend your vacation in one of our villas with boat mooring that will offer you all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including gourmet kitchens to prepare your fresh catches and a place to moor your boat. 

Staying in a luxury villa will make your sea fishing in Croatia even better and will result in a once-in-a-lifetime memory. With the right equipment, the necessary licenses, and knowledge of the local fishing scene, you will be well prepared to achieve impressive catches in the Adriatic Sea. Contact us and book your luxury villa today and start planning your unforgettable fishing trip on the Croatian coast.