If for you the word “fishing” conjures up images of grouchy grandfathers sitting around miserably waiting for a bite, then think again! Fishing is now all the rage. The tranquillity of the waters, the intense contact with nature, and the sporting challenge are attracting an ever increasing number of both men and women to the sport. Fishing itself and the necessary equipment have not, on the other hand, undergone any transformation – rods, bait and fish are still the staples of a fishing experience, then and now. No modern navigation technology has been invented (yet), to show fishermen where to cast their rods for a guaranteed result.
Fishing around Pontresina in the Engadine
From boring to cool: back in the day versus today – Fishermen in the Engadine
Diverse Engadine waters
The appeal of fishing is probably having a good time either on your own or with friends and experiencing nature in all its intensity. There is plenty of that around Pontresina because the Engadine’s height above sea level ensures paradisiacal conditions in ponding and running waters. The warmer small lakes and ponds are especially popular playgrounds for trout – and fishermen.
Fly fishing in mountain lakes
The Engadine has rich fishing grounds and is thus one of the most beautiful fishing regions in Europe. Even during a longer stay, no fisherman has to visit a body of water twice. With a fishing licence for 15 days, you can fish in all 460 waters in Graubünden.
Fly fisher find their highlights at the mountain lakes Lej Nair or Lej Pitschen below Lago Bianco on the Bernina Pass. These two lakes may only be fished with a special permit, which can be obtained from Pontresina Tourist Information. The season lasts from the beginning of June to mid-October. Further information on fishing in the Upper Engadine is available from the cantonal office for hunting and fishing Grisons or from the Upper Engadine Fishing Association. In addition, young people up to 14 years of age may fish free of charge with adult licence holders.
Go with the Guide
Get tips and tricks on fly fishing from Werner Locher, a fly-fishing guide based in Pontresina. For appointments, call Werner Locher at +41 81 842 71 09 (landline) or +41 79 461 80 34 (mobile). Fee: CHF 25 per hour incl. transport and any equipment you may need.
FISHING LICENCES & FEES for the lakes "Lej Nair" and "Lej Pitschen"
Visitors who pay tourist tax in Pontresina: free of charge
External visitors, per week: CHF 30.-
Pontresina Tourist Information
T +41 838 83 00
Locals and employees from Pontresina
Per fishing season:
With cantonal license: CHF 30.-
Without cantonal license: CHF 60.-
Employees (Upper Engadine, Bergell, and Puschlav)
Per fishing season:
With cantonal license: CHF 60.-
Without cantonal license: CHF 120.-