Fishing in Barcelona: Expert Guide to Fishing the Mediterranean Sea

Dentex fishing in Barcelona

Albert is my favourite fishing guide for Dentex fishing in Barcelona

Fishing in Barcelona is an adventure of a lifetime for any angler. Are you an expert angler seeking new fishing adventures? If you answered yes, you should consider traveling to Barcelona, Spain to fish the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing in Barcelona is every angler’s dream fishing destination. Fresh and saltwater opportunities in every direction make fishing in Barcelona a diverse experience for the most avid anglers.

Flyfish for rainbow trout that swim downstream from the Pyrenees Mountains and then spend some time fishing for Bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy the surrounding lakes and rivers or head out to the deep seas of the Mediterranean for an action-packed angling adventure.

Fishing in Barcelona is revered as great area to catch giant tuna species. From March to May there is nice spinfishing & popping off Barcelona, a very good time to target bluefins from 20-40kg in the frenzies. Late June the tuna head towards the Balearic Islands to spawn which makes tuna fishing in June rather hard. But in the second half of July they’re back. From then you can catch huge Bluefin tuna of 50kg – 250kg chumming and trolling off the coasts of Barcelona.

The best fish to target the rest of the year is the dentex. You can catch this species jigging, trolling and drifting. The best technique though is life bait fishing using a life squid or cuttle fish. The hardest part is catching the squid!

The diversity in both fish species and fishing techniques is perfect for the angler who wants to catch it all.

Top Fishing Charters in Barcelona and surroundings

  1. Catalonia Rivers (Ebro, Ter River, Segre, Noguera Pallaresa, Noguera Ribagorçana, etc)
  2. Ebro DeltaCambrilsl’Ametlla
  3. Costa Brava – Port of Blanes
  4. Balearic Islands-Mallorca
  5. Valencia

Fishing in Barcelona is famous for the diversity of fish species and fishing opportunities in the area. With an abundance of locations and fish species, begin by deciding what kind of fish you are looking to catch so you can narrow it down to make the best decision for you. The best part about fishing in Barcelona is the option to do it all! The circumference of all of these fishing spots is close in proximity to Barcelona.

If you want to relax and fly fish under the Pyrenees, head to the Ter River or any Catalonia River for an unforgettable freshwater fishing experience. If you want action, you should charter a boat and head out to sea for the big fish of the Mediterranean off the coasts of Calafat, Barcelona, Castelldefels, Valencia, and don’t forget the Balearic and Canary Islands surrounded by reefs.

Barcelona Fishing Restrictions

Fishing Permits are mandatory for all anglers. There is an exception for anglers that charter a boat, they will be covered by the captain’s permit. No matter what kind of fishing you are doing, you must possess a fishing license. Most all fishing in Barcelona is year-round, however, there are regulations on the quantity and the Controlled Fishing Zones (CZF) are clearly identified. Surrounding lakes and rivers have powerboat restrictions in many locations, but there are a few lakes that will allow it.

Buying a fishing license in Barcelona is easy and cheap, you can buy one here:

Fish Species of Spain

Popular for its diversity and abundance of both salt and freshwater fish, Spain is an angler’s paradise. Offering fishing journeys for the beginner to the most experienced anglers. If you are enthusiastic about a variety of fishing methods, Spain also provides opportunities from relaxing fly fishing excursions to thrilling deep sea adventures.

Freshwater Species


Rainbow Trout

Black Bass



Saltwater Species

Bluefin Tuna

Mahi Mahi




Sea Bream


Other Fishing Spots to Consider

La Palma

Masia Balance

Cape Palos

Cala Ratjada

Cabo de Gata

Alboran Island

Ria de Cedeira

La Restinga

Balaeric Islands (also read our blog post Fishing in Mallorca: an Angler’s guide)

Canary Islands


Final Thoughts on Fishing in Barcelona

Final thoughts about fishing in Barcelona are simple…DO IT!!! If you love to fish, Spain is a fishing destination of a lifetime. Anglers travel from all over the world to fish the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Mediterranean off of Spain’s coast. The abundant big game fish species in the deep seas off Barcelona’s coast is incredible. Not to mention, the variety of fish species readily available for catching all year-round. Whether you are looking for a relaxing fly fishing experience, or seek the thrill of deep sea fishing, Barcelona has the best of both fishing worlds. The ability to choose both fresh and saltwater fishing adventures makes Barcelona a popular fishing destination for all experience levels.