Ice fishing

Fishing on ice is like fishing in the summer, just a little colder…

A one-of-a-kind experience at Lake Oeschinen. Fish on the frozen Lake Oeschinen in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. But be careful: Wear warm clothes, temperatures are cold!

The current danger level and if the lake access is open you may find under Snow/Avalanche level.A lot of water lies between the ice and snow layer. Water proof boots are requested.

Ice thickness & times

Ice fishing is possible from the 1st of January to the middle of March. The average ice thickness is 30 to 50 cm. At 17.00 clock is the last slope control. All ice fishermen must then go down to the valley. Sale patents Sale of day and week patents in the restaurant Oeschinensee or Bärgstübli at the mountain station. Adults: CHF 28.00 Children up to 16 years: CHF 17.00 Two fishing rods per person are allowed. danger level The danger level can adapt to the situation. The current level and ice thickness can be found under the heading Info / Ice Fishing. danger panel The following signs at the valley station, the mountain station and the restaurant Oeschinensee indicate the corresponding avalanche situation.

Enter the Oeschinen Lake

The Oeschinensee is a cantonal waters. Entering the lake is at your own risk at any time. Before entering the ice, an individual assessment of the situation is required. Please note the thickness of the ice and the avalanche bulletin. Avalanche specialists make a recommendation about the avalanche situation.

Distance from hiking trail

Please maintain a distance of at least 50 m from the hiking trail. Water can get to the surface of the ice through the drilled holes, making it more difficult to groom the winter hiking trails on Lake Oeschinen. Thank you!

Fishing Supplies and Ice Augers

Fishing supplies such as augers or rods are not for sale or rent at Lake Oeschinen – please bring all necessary equipment with you! You can rent augers and rods in Kandersteg:
Bernhard Lauber, Innere Dorfstrasse 88, 3718 Kandersteg – reservations required!
Tel.: 079 282 14 67 (Evenings 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm)

Applicable Law

Fishing is regulated by the Bernese Cantonal Fishing Law. Website

Reports on ice fishing at Lake Oeschinen

Schweiz Aktuell (TV show) from 02.02.2004

Tagesschau (TV program) from 02.03.2013