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Fishing in Cyprus


Kalavasos Dam

Fishing in Cyprus

There are quite a few places to fish in Cyprus, both the sea and man made dam offer quite a few choices. Amateur fishing and Fishing in Dams is outlined below.

Diving is also very popular in Cyprus, with a number of diving schools having excellent reputations.  The most famous wreck in Cyprus waters is the 'Zenobia' which sank in 1980 The 172m (570) wreck is a must for all divers visiting the island.  The Akamas peninsula is now earmarked as a marine park and the Akrotiri Fish Reserve near Limassol is very popular. (Akrotiri is about 30 minutes from Kalavasos).

Amateur Fishing

Spear-fishing, angling, fishing with vertical lines (long lines with up to one hundred hooks and up to three fish traps) or trolling are the permitted fishing methods. Fishing with nets and other commercial methods are not permitted.  There are quite a few species of fish which can be caught: sea-breams, groupers, amber jacks, sea-perch etc.

Fishing boats can be found at the following fishing shelters and stations:
Larnaca Region Zygi anchorage off the Limassol - Nicosia highway-exit 16.  Same exit as Kalavasos.
Larnaca fishing shelter East of Larnaca International Airport
Ormideia 16 km east of Larnaca
Pafos Paphos Harbour Paphos town
Agios Georgios Pegeias 20 km, north-west of Paphos town
Polis (Lakki) 40 km, north of Paphos town
Pomos 16 km, north of Polis
Pyrgos 40 km, north of Polis
Famagusta Potamos Liopetriou 16 km, west of Agia Napa
Agia Napa Harbour Agia Napa Village
Fishing Shelter of Paralimni Protaras


Fishing in Dams

There are many Dams in Cyprus. Cyprus dams are stocked with 17 species of fish. The most popular are: Trout, largemouth bass, carp, Tikeperch, Roach, etc. Sixteen dams in Cyprus provide excellent fresh-water fishing opportunities throughout the year.

If you would like to fish in the Cyprus Dams you will require a special licences.  This can be purchased from the Head Office of Fisheries Department, in Nicosia or from the District Offices of Fisheries Department.
Licences are issued to persons over 12 years old and are valid for the bearer.
The fee is CYP 3,00 for each dam separately and CYP 10,00 for all dams. All licences issued for the current year. If you are interested in a group licence, this is normally valid for 14 days and the fee is CYP 1,00 per person.
Licences are valid only when the dam is declared open by the Director of the Department of Fisheries.

Head Office of Fisheries Department Nicosia.

Aiolou 13, 1101, Nicosia -  Tel: + 357 22 303526/ 304385, Fax: + 357 22 365955

District Offices of Fisheries Department:

Limassol - near the entrance of the Old Port Tel: + 357 25 330470

Larnaca: Leoforos Piale Pasha (at the fishing shelter) Tel: + 357 24 630294

Paphos: Paphos Harbour Tel: + 357 26 240268


Cyprus Dams

Below is a list of Dams for fishing.  There may be more available but I have not had time to check them out yet.  You will be able to get this information from the Fisheries Department.

Larnaca District Kalavasos dam 40 km north-east of Limassol. Kalavasos village.
Dipotamos 30 minutes drive east of Kato Lefkara
Lefkara dam near Lefkara village, 40 km west of Larnaca town
Aradippou dam
8 km north-west of Larnaca
Limassol District Germasogeia dam 10 minutes drive north of Limassol town
Kourris dam 25 minutes drive north-west of Limassol town
Prodromos dam 4 km from (Olympos) Troodos mountains square
Nicosia District Kafizes dam 78 km from Nicosia, north-west of Troodos mountains
Kalopanagiotis dam 70 km from Nicosia, south-west of Troodos
Lympla dam 22 km south-east of Nicosia town
Palaichori dam 39 km from Nicosia on the North slopes of Adelphoi mountains
Xyliatos dam 45 km south-west of Nicosia town
Paphos District Asprokremmos dam 16 km east of Paphos town
Mavrokolympos dam 11 km north-west of Paphos town
Evretou dam 30 minutes drive south of Polis
Ammochostos District Achna dam 25 km north-east of Larnaca town


If you want to see what fish were caught in Kalavasos dam there are some photos here

For photos of Cyprus Dams with references, comments and pictures of fish caught in these dams

Kontoyiannis House is a great place to use as a base while exploring Cyprus. We can accommodate from 1-22 persons at our house and you could even organize groups to come and visit.  The house is centered around a courtyard and has 5 bedrooms, it can be let as 4 separate apartments or as a whole.

If you like we can help you organize this as we can arrange flights and mini buses etc.  Please note we can get reduced rates for groups!

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