Fishing on Lake Como Italy


Fishing on Lake Como Italy

Before I get into all of this, I just want to say this information is totally free for you so you can get out and enjoy fishing on your holiday to Lake Como. That is the main reason why I made this article. I have however written a brief guide book to fly fishing on the lake Como with all of this information and much more more. it costs only 2.99 to download and will give you all the ins and outs of fishing on the lake plus some extra secret tips I have not mentioned in the blog. Help a fellow angler out and download the ebook. Thanks chaps! 

Now let's get into fishing talk:

So you are planning your family holiday to lake Como Italy. When the wife mentions "lake" immediately your mind switches from "yes dear" to "ooooh" you then start researching can I fish on lake Como and a bunch of blogs come up saying No it's impossible and your dreams of integrating the family holiday and your fishing dreams ultimately fall apart.

Well I am here to tell you that YOU CAN FISH ON LAKE COMO SO BRING YOUR FLY ROD!  I have been fly fishing the lake and the rivers that feed into it for 15 years. For those of you lucky enough to be renting one of those wonderful lakefront villas with there own beach...... Well you are in for a fun time my friend!

Also if by chance you are already here, welcome and get ready to have some fun fishing my friend. Probably one of the only places in the world you can fish in front of aristocratic villas and the homes of movie stars without being shot. this blog article will also help you understand what fish species can be found on lake Como & how to fish on lake Como. a sort of Lake Como fishing report. 

There is plenty of great fishing in the lake if you know what and where. Also, these are great tips for any kind of fishing style from course to spinning so here you are, my list of top fish to go after but before that let's look at regulations & licenses.

Lake Como Fishing Regulations

To fish in lake Como you need a simple day license that can be bought for €10 in the local fish store near you. You can also opt for the 1-year license for €24 by going to the post office and asking for the fishing license form, filling it in and paying. The regulations will be given to you but no one has translated them into English..... Except for me :) I did these a while ago so some small regulations may change in the future but i do tend to keep them up to date as much as possible so you don't get caught out: Lake Como Fishing regulations

Fishing for Chub

fisherman holding chub on lake como

Chub fishing Lake Como Italy

So there are loads of them in the Lake and the patrol the shorelines constantly you can fish them all year round. A Bread fly in the tourist season, or small size 18 caddis in the evening or early morning.  A baitfish streamer in the offseason or late season towards October.

Early morning and late evening they tend to rise and eat of the surface during the day mid-water wet flys or a squirmy wormy/ Sanjuan worm will work wonders of the bottom. 

The lake has plenty of lakefront walks, some you are allowed to fish from other not so keep an eye out for signposts that stay no fishing during tourist season. Stay away from them.

It's general comen sense. You don't want to hook a fellow tourist on a backcast.  Great lakefront areas to fish are in the Towns of Como, Lecco, Colico, Tremezzo, Lenno, Laglio, Bellagio. Just walked along the lakefront spot some chub and go for it.

 

Fishing for Perch

Fisherman holding Perch fishing on Lake Como

Perch fishing Lake Como Italy

Perch rarely get sizeable but you can find big perch, the lake has really deep banks so right near the shoreline in the summer with a sinking line you will catch them, small midge or buzzer patters on a clothesline work all year round. But in the winter they tend to migrate to deeper water and it becomes near impossible to fly fish for them.

The lake has plenty of lakefront walks, some you are allowed to fish from other not so keep an eye out for signposts that stay no fishing during tourist season. Stay away from them.

It's general comen sense. You don't want to hook a fellow tourist on a backcast.  Great lakefront areas to fish are in the towns of Como, Lecco, Colico, Tremezzo, Lenno, Laglio, Bellagio. Just walked along the lakefront spot some chub and go for it.

Fishing for Whitefish

don't bother too deep (30m+) most of the time and you need a boat.

Fishing for Zander

Zander fishing on lake como

Zander fishing Lake Como Italy

Now zander get huge on the lake I have seen over 9kg monsters pulled out. Yes you can fly fish for them! In the summer they come to shore in the evening to hunt baitfish, lamping is legal so you can fish in the city of Como where it is relatively shallow from shore, that whole coastline is fishable and they are a serious bit of fish to catch. Streamers are the way to go.

A great place to start in Como is the park, near the Volta monument and the areas of Villa Olmo. North of the Lake in the Town of Colico there is also a huge beach which is another great place to look for these lunkers.

One more place that I know that is amazing but you need a boat is fishing around the mouth of the Adda river, all big predators hang around there waiting for meals but you will need a boat. Check regulations because you cannot get to close the mouth of the river.

Fish for Carp & Koi

Carp fishing on Lake Como

Carp Fishing Lake Como Italy

Loads of carp and Koi in the Como city area go ahead and bread fly or your fav carp fly will do the job. Big Big Carp chaps. be prepared.

A great place to start in Como is the park, near the Volta monument and the areas of Villa Olmo. Just scout the shore and you will find them. they do tend to hang out between the park and the ferry stops.

North of the Lake in the Town of Colico there is also a huge beach which is another great place to look for these lunkers. If there has been a big storm (and there are plenty on the lake) then chances are that Pozzo di Riva has overflown and all the carp are out grazing on the fields. Well you know what do. The Pozzo di Riva falls under the general licence for fishing on Lake Como and the Same regulations apply.

Fishing for Pike

Fishing for Pike on Lago del Piano, near lake como

Pike fishing Lake Como Italy

Pike are another plentiful predator found on Lake Como, Pozzo di Riva, and Lago del Piano. All awesome fishing spots around the Lake. They love to hunt for small Perch and Shad in the summer, and they come in close.....real close to shore in the evening so go to the beaches and give them a go.

North of the Lake in the Town of Colico there is also a huge beach which is another great place to look for these lunkers.

Another great town to visit is the towns of Domaso & Argegno that have a huge beach area and footpath. Pike here tend to patrol the coastline for baitfish and small perch so go ahead.

Fish for Wells Catfish

wells catfish caught on a tributary near lake como

fishing for catfish on Lake Como Italy

Yes they have invaded the lake. Yes you can fish for them late summer the come close for baitfish into the Como area

A great place to start in Como is the park, near the Volta monument and the areas of Villa Olmo. Just scout the shore and you will find them. they do tend to hang out between the park and the ferry stops.

North of the Lake in the Town of Colico there is also a huge beach which is another great place to look for these lunkers. 

you can wade in a bit. big lunker streamers are the way..... Hold on for dear life and on second though...... don't wade in!!!! these guys pull hard.

Fish Lake Trout

Fishing for trout on lake como

Fishing for trout on Lake Como Italy

Lake trout are around but you have to follow the holes of baitfish or get lucky. I have never had one on the fly but have seen a few chaps with spinners land some fair-sized beauty. a good place to start in the river inlet near the city of Como, big fish tend to hang around there. But the trout have been caught all the way up the shore line in the Como city area. So try your luck

Flyfish Shad

fly fishing for shad on lake como

Shad fishing on Lake Como Italy

Summer shad are epic to catch on the fly, wait till about 7 in the evening then find any beach, Colico is a cool large undisturbed beach that you can wade out on and buzzer fish these beauty's fast strips and medium sinking line. they also take a dry in early morning and late evening they tend to rise and eat of the surface.

The lake has plenty of lakefront walks, some you are allowed to fish from other not so keep an eye out for signposts that stay no fishing during tourist season. Stay away from them.

The Shad run during mid summer is awesome you will see all the locals using Chinese square nets on the lake front during the early evening catching bucket loads. I love to catch a few rolling them in course salt and BBQ them up with a couple of bears.

 

Pretty much any coastline with a beachy area is a good to go area for this fish. So go ahead rig up your fly rod, medium sinking, or floating line, clothes line full of upto 5 buzzers and strip away. you will get into fish quick in the early morning and late evening. 

 

The Adda River

fishing for trout on the adda river near lake como

The Adda is by far the biggest river that flows into the Lake and you can do some really fun fishing on it. the lower Adda is great for two-handed rods and big marble trout and migrating lake trout. The Upper Adda is great for euro nymphing and dry fly fishing. Big Grayling big native brownies and rainbows.

The Mera River

Fisherman fishing on the Mera river Near Lake Como

The Mera River used to be my favorite river unfortunately due to a landslide in Switzerland that came down onto the river and totally killed the river a few years ago. They have been working hard to repopulate with native fish but its still a bit touch and go.

The Liro River

a man fishing on the Liro river near lake como

The Liro is a small tributary that is fun pocket water for small mountain browns and an epic dry fly spot.

The Mallero River

A manf Fishing for marble trout near lake Como

If you are hunting for marble trout the Mallero River is the place to go, again a tributary to the Adda river. This holds some real monster marble trout and its worth your time believe me. These boots love to chase a streamer but can also be caught on a buzzer or nymph

 

If you guys are interested in more info I have a brief guide book that I wrote a while back where I have written all about the fishing in the area, licenses, and more. Just hit me up I will be happy to help out and share my passion for fly fishing with you!

 

If you are looking for a Lake Como Fishing Guide, or for fishing charter on the lake then visit these guys they do a great job and we work with them and can vouch for there professionalism and good quality guide service. Lake Como Fishing


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