Top Places to Go Fishing in Israel

April 8th 2017

Fishing is a favorite pastime for so many people looking to idle away a few well-earned hours of rest in the sun. That’s why fishing is the perfect activity for you to do on your next Israel vacation. If the thought’s never crossed your mind, here’s what you need to know about fishing in Israel to make it a great day on the water.

Fishing in Israel

There are three main bodies of water that you’ll find good fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of the Galilee (aka the Kinneret), and the Gulf of Aqaba (although the adventurous tourist will also be able to find some fishing in random ponds and lakes.)

Mediterranean Fishing

There are an estimated 600 species of fish in the Mediterranean including grouper, sea bass, vermeer, sea cod, tuna, and red and striped mullet. Professional fishermen can bring in as much as 3,500 tons of fish annually just from this sea whose water is somewhat green-tinted due to the seaweed growth after the tumultuous Israeli winters.

Eilat Fishing

Fishing in Eilat is like doing anything in Eilat: a pleasure! You can head to the Gulf of Aqaba, an extension of the Red Sea, for a more unique fishing experience. Since this gulf has higher temperature precipitation in a smaller concentration of area than most bodies of water, the Gulf of Eilat actually became home to some rare fish species, and you’ll commonly see fish such as mackerel, jacks, and mullets in the area as well.

The next time you plan your trip overseas, be sure to pack your bait and tackle – and Israel will provide the rest!