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Fische im Netz, im Hintergrund die Berge
Fische im Netz, im Hintergrund die Berge

"Petri Heil" - Good luck!

at Lake Mondsee and Lake Irrsee

Normally it's always like this:

Mondsee is known far and wide, Irrsee is a rather unknown body of water.
It's a completely different story when you ask a fisherman!
Because Lake Irrsee has always been very popular with fishermen!

Fishing at Lake Mondsee


Lake Mondsee is known for its whitefish and char stocks, but also for many other fish species, including pike, carp, perch, trout, zander, eel and bream.

Angling begins on 1 April and ends on 2 November; with the exception of April, fishing may take place day and night.

Fishing is only allowed from the shore.

Two rods are allowed (five hooks and one hook), the daily catch is four fish.

The best fishing spots:

Parking bays after Plomberg (Kienbergwand), the sandbank in Kreuzstein or the public bathing areas, provided there is no bathing activity yet.

Please note the closed seasons, minimum sizes and exclusion zones!
The use of an echo sounder and live bait fish is prohibited on Lake Mondsee and Lake Irrsee.

Fishing at the Irrsee - possible all year round

The small, protected lake with its large, also protected shore marshes offers a variety of fish species such as carp, tench, pike, zander, whitefish and bream.

Angling for vendace, trolling for pike and catfish.
Bottom fishing - the muddy bottom is best suited for carp, tench and bream.
The Irrsee is purely a hobby fishing lake, there are no professional fishermen.

With daily or weekly licences you can also buy a boat ticket - but without an e-motor.

The best fishing spots: On the eastern shore of the Irrsee (by the public bath) when there is no bathing activity yet, i.e. early in the morning or late in the evening in summer. Promenade in Zell am Moos, public bath Zell am Moos as well as at the other baths (e.g. in Laiter).

Fishing tip: On the south shore of the lake - near Hotel Pöllmann there is a reed bed which is a good fishing spot for carp. Damage to reeds, rushes or water plants must be avoided at all costs!

Fish of the Year 2024 - Schleie

By choosing the "Fish of the Year", the fishing association highlights the threat to fish stocks in our waters and aims to draw attention to the need for living conditions. The chosen species is representative of several fish species with the same requirements. 

Interesting facts: 

The tench (Tinca tinca) reaches a maximum length of approx. 70 cm, the average length is 30 to 35 cm. The published maximum weight of a tench is 7.5 kg.

Tench are typical inhabitants of shallow, low-oxygen lakes with lush vegetation and muddy bottoms. They are crepuscular and nocturnal demersal fish, they are also characterized by a high resistance to oxygen deficiency and acidic bog water. 


The tench (Tinca tinca) feeds mainly on small bottom-dwelling invertebrates (insect larvae, snails, mussels, worms) and occasionally also on plants (algae growth). When foraging, the tench rummages through the bottom mud for food.

The tench even has feeding animals that bear its name, such as the tench snail (Bythinia tentaculata). 

Importance as a food fish:

Tench (Tinca tinca) is an extremely tasty edible fish. It is tastier than carp, for example. Its meat has a firm consistency, is low in fat and has a nutty aroma. Tench also have few bones. Tench caught in muddy waters should be kept in clean water for a few days ("soaking") before eating.

Source: Fischlexikon.eu

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Schleie - Fish of the Year 2024

The most important characteristics of tench:

- the tench has a stocky, strong body with a strikingly high caudal peduncle
- the back is usually dark green or dark brown
- the flanks are lighter and have a golden or brass-colored sheen
- the belly is yellowish-white
- the mouth is short, terminal and protruding
- it has 1 pair of short barbels at the corners of the mouth, small eyes and a reddish iris
- the tench has a thick tail root with a straight caudal fin (barely indented)
- all fins of the tench are strongly rounded

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- the males of the tench have elongated ventral fins, the 2nd fin ray of which is thickened, the ventral fins protrude beyond the anus
- the tench has 95-100 scales along the lateral line
- the scales are very small and lie deep in the epidermis