Fishing Licenses For Reservoirs in Cyprus

Many people imagine Cyprus as a very dry, even semi-desert island where freshwater fishing would just be a dream. This is absolutely wrong. There are many dam reservoirs, from east to west where you can catch lots of perch, bass, zander, carp, catfish and eel.

Cyprus Fishing Licenses in Reservoirs

Cyprus Freshwater Fishing License
Recreational Fishing Licenses in Reservoirs: Licenses are issued to persons over 12 years of age. For issuing licenses to persons between the ages of 12 and 18, the written consent of their parent or guardian is mandatory. The licenses are personal. Persons under 12 years of age are allowed to fish only if their name is written on the license of their parent or guardian. For underage persons, the use of a lifejacket during fishing is mandatory.

Daily Fishing Times
(a) One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
(b) It is prohibited to carry any fishing gear to the bank of the reservoirs one and a half hour before sunrise.
(c) It is prohibited to have in possession any fishing gear at the bank of the reservoirs one and a half hour after sunset.

Method of Fishing
(a) Fishing is only allowed with the use a fishing rod and the License entitles each person to use only one rod and line.
(b) No person shall fish with a rod and line having more than one hook. A triple hook will be considered as one. When the fishing method of “cast and spin” is used for the fishing of predator species, the use of commercial artificial lures, which have more than one hook, is allowed.
(c) All other methods of fishing, gear and fishing instruments, including the use of lights or lanterns or nets or handline or chemicals or other substances, are prohibited.
(d) Fishing is only allowed from the banks.
(e) It is prohibited to use any unmanned medium or device for direct fishing purposes or as a fishing aid.

Achna Reservoir: it will be closed for fishing from the 1st of January until the 30th of June of the same year.

Achna and Polemidia Dams
(a) It is prohibited to kill or transfer live fish away from the reservoir.
(b) All fish caught must be carefully unhooked and returned live back in the water.

Fishing Quota
It is prohibited to fish and hold during one day more than 2 fish of each species of Bass, Carp and Zander, 5 trouts and 1 sturgeon. It is also prohibited to hold during one day more than 10 of the above fish in total.

Size Limits
No person shall hold, at any time: Trout less than 20 cm, Bass less than 30 cm, Zander less than 30cm Carp less than 30 cm and sturgeon less than 70 cm. The size shall be ascertained by measuring from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail fin. If a person takes an undersized fish accidentally he/she must return it to the water with the least possible injury.

  • Check out this Ebay list made by our friend Andreas, a local angler, to find some of the most popular soft lures for perch, pike, trout, bass fishing in Cyprus. 

Pike Fishing
In case a pike is caught/fished, it is prohibited to return it to the reservoir.

Release of Fish
During March and April all bass and carp species caught must be returned back to the water.

Sale of Fish
The sale of the fish is prohibited.

How to Get Reservoir Fishing Licence in Cyprus
1- You need to fill this form: Application_RecreationalFisheries_ENGLISH.doc
2- Copy of the applicant’s ID (identity)
3- Send it to:


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