Fishing at the Sorpe

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Current Catches (German)    Fishing Licences    Size Limits/Close Seasons    Important Regulations    General Information About the Reservoir    Species    Fishing Tips    Guiding (German)    Boat Fishing   Accommodation etc.    Map of the Reservoir (German)   
Angelsport de Koning, Angelshop vom Sorpesee, Angelboot, Angelguiding    
Main dam of the Sorpe reservoir, Photo: RV
Sorpesee im Sauerland    
  Middle of the reservoir, Photo: M. de Koning

Renken und Felchen aus dem Sorpesee    
  C. Whitefish of the Sorpe reservoir, Photo: M. de Koning
  Our Online Galery with several photos of fishes and landscape.

  Fishing Licences
    prices in Euro, status 2024

    for a day:

    for two days:

    for a week:

    for a year:

    for a year (youth):

    area licence for a year:

    area licence for a year (youth):

    annual licence for electrical outboard motor:

    annual licence for electrical outboard motor (big boats > 7m²): 


    The area licence is an annual one and valid for the following lakes: Sorpe, Henne, Moehne, Bigge including Olper reservoir and Lister without drinking water protection area. There is only a limited number of area licences!

    Annual licenses are only valid until 31. of December. In order to get a fishing licence for the Sorpe you need a general German fishing licence.

    Residental fishermen have to pass an examination to get the German licence. Foreign fishermen (non-residentals) are able to buy it (16,- Euro per year) at the city hall of Sundern. There is a new regulation in our region: you have to show the fishing licence of your country to get the German one. In order to get the German licence you have to present your passport, the fishing licence of your country and a passport photo. It is possible to delegate the purchase of the German fishing licence to a different person who can do the job with presenting copies of your documents and the photo.

    Children aged less than 10 years are not allowed to fish in the German state NRW.

  Size Limits/Close Seasons
    Pike: 45cm / 15.02. - 30.04.
    Zander: 40cm / 01.04. - 31.05.
    Lake/Brown Trout:  50cm / 20.10. - 15.03.
    Char: 30cm / 20.10. - 15.03.
    Rainbow Trout:  50cm
    Eel: 50cm
    Carp: 35cm
    Tench: 25cm
    Common Whitefish: 

    01.11. - 31.12.

  Important Regulations
    Limit: max. 2 fish of Trout, Zander, Pike, Perch bigger than 35cm (e.g. one Trout and one Pike = 2 fish) and 4 Char, 8 Common Whitefish per day

    Tackle: 2 fishing rods + 1 dropnet (1mx1m)

    Fishing Time: 1h before sunrise until 1h after sunset, nightfishing (only of the bank) is allowed from 1. June until 31. October except along the street at the small lake.

    Boat Fishing: Combustion engines are forbidden. Fishing by boat is forbidden at the upper small part from 15. February until 31. May.

    Prohibited Areas: There are only a few areas of the bank where you are not allowed to fish. (E.g. the dam of the reservoir, for details see map) You are not allowed to fish behind the bridge where the ferry lands from 16. June until 30. September. (For details see fishing licence!) Fishing at the summer spot for diving is forbidden from 1. April until 14. November.

    Protected areas for spawning: Fishing in protected areas for spawning is forbidden from 1. November until 15. June.

    Bans: Ice fishing, live baitfish, bond fire and irregular camping are forbidden! Tents and umbrella tents are forbidden along the street at the small lake.

  General Information About the Reservoir
    The reservoir was finished in 1935. It covers an area of about 330 ha, its volume is about 70 Mio. m³. The total length is about 7 km, its maximum width about 600m. The upper small part is up to 11m, the main lake up to 56m deep. Owner of the reservoir is RV (Ruhrverband).

    Current level of the reservoir: Website of RV

    The Sorpe is looked after by professional fishermen of RV. Their only task is to control the balance of the fish stock in order to ensure attractive fishing conditions whilst considering the environmental and ecological conditions of the reservoir.

    The fish stock consist of the following species: Pike (over 15 kg), Zander (up to 10 kg), Perch (up to 2,5 kg), Lake Trout (over 10 kg), Brown and Rainbow Trout (up to 5 kg), Char (over 4 kg), Common Whitefish (up to 1,5 kg), Eel (up to 2,5kg), Chub, Carp (over 15kg), Tench (up to 3kg), Roach, Bream, Bleak, Gudgeon.

    The main target fishes are: Common Whitefish, Roach and Bream, Perch, Pike, Eel und Trout.

  Fishing Tips
    In spring and summer we recommend to fish for Roach, Bream and Eel in the shallow upper parts of the reservoir.

    Pike and Perch can be found close to the bank in this time of the year as they are heading for spawning fish and have just spawned themselves there.

    The best time for Trout is just when the saison starts until about the beginning of May. You should especially fish in areas where water comes in. Shallowly presented artificial bait and worms are very promising.

    In summer there often is a thermocline in a depth of about 10m. Big Pikes often follow the schools of Common Whitefish into the middle of the reservoir. Open water spinning and trolling often is successful then. Especially trollingwith baitfish and float has been very successful recently.

    In summer also a lot of aquatic plants can be found close to the bank of the main lake. In these areas there are lots of hot spots for pike and perch then.

    In autumn and winter fish generally lives in deeper water. You should consider this and choose appropriate methods. Feeder fishing for example dominates float fishing then. In this time of the year jigging by boat for Perch, Zander and Pike also is very promising. Predator fishing from the bank only makes sense if you present your bait deeply then.

    In spring and early summer sometimes bank fishing for Common Whitefish is possible, especially in the upper area of the main Part of the Reservoir. Experts usually fish by boat for this species (sometimes in more than 30m depth). Sometimes not only them catch large amounts of these tasty fishes.

    Current Tips are available (also in English) at:

    Angelsport de Koning

  Boat Fishing
    Boat Ramps: small lake: straight at the bridge, at the lido

    Boat Rental: Boat Rental Sorpe

  Accommodation etc.
    Some recommended adresses are on our Linkpage.

    Detailed information about accommodation and further leasure activities: Stadtmarketing-Sundern e.G., Rathausplatz 7, 59846 Sundern, Phone: 02933 979590, E-Mail:,

  Fishermen, please keep the environment clean, it is worthwile!