Fishing is an everlasting tradition of the country. Covered with woods, with rivers and lakes being blood vessels in its living body, it has feed and glutted its humans with fish throughout history. These days, as murder in some form has become a type of fun, fishing is extremely popular in Belarus – people do it as a sport, with championships and rewards. Fishing can also become a sort of recreation – the waters of rivers (and, obviously, lakes) are mostly calm and still, so sitting on a shore or in a boat surrounded by woods and bushes makes the whole action so relaxing and discrete.
Every town has numerous angler shops and supply rentals for both winter and summer fishing, and a fishing tour can be organized upon request. Anglers know how important it is to get to the spot before dawn, so to the greatest advantages of the country landscape and touristic resources is that almost every recreation base, sanatorium, summer or winter cabins and cottages for rent are located within walking distance from a riverbank or a lakeshore. These are some of the prime fishing spots of the country, and when we say prime, we mean you’ll get a good catch, AND great views, AND facilitated surrounding areas, AND privacy. What else could you possibly count for?
First of all, we should mention the rivers Dnieper, Pripyat, Sozh, Neman, Western Dvina, Berezina, Mukhavets, especially rich in pikes. Zander also inhabits Pripyat and the lower reaches of the Dnieper.
On the lakes, fishing from boats is more effective. The peak period of such fishing occurs in the summer and autumn months, after the spawning period, when it is restricted to go fishing on the water: you can only catch fish on one hook from the shore.
Fishing is possible on a free or paid basis. Paid fishing will cost you around 10 USD per day on the water reservoir filled with certain fish species. You might have to pay extra for the amount of caught fish if it exceeds the limit, which is 4-5 kilos per day. There are also cabins for rent on the shores of such fishing reservoirs, you’ll pay around 30-50 USD for a double room, fishing license, and sometimes, even fishing supplies, are included. You can pay extra and go luxury – the difference is in the fish itself, for 30 USD or so you’ll get access to a luxury fish ponds.
The lakes of the Narochansky park are rich in perch, burbot, eels, and zander; about 25 species of fish can be found in these lakes. On the lakes Volchino, Myadel, Beloye, Big Shvakty there is an opportunity to do underwater fishing for a small fee. Chigirinskoe Lake is located in the Mogilev region, where they mostly go for catfish. The system of Braslav Lakes includes 60 lakes, in the grassy parts one can come across rudd and roach. With spinning, you can easily catch a large perch or a pike. Vileika Lake, where fish come from the Baltic Sea for spawning, is to the most popular among fishermen. There are about 63 species of fish, among which pike perch is considered the most desirable prey. In winter, the reservoir is covered with semi-thick ice, so it’s a great spot for winter fishing.
Winter fishing is available mostly at your own risk. It’s extremely popular in Belarus, where lakes are covered with ice from December till March, and rescue teams are very busy these months saving most passionate anglers.
Belarus is a very loyal and welcoming country for those who are into fishing. Over the years, the country’s reach experience in this field has crystallized into just two sincere requests: catch no more you can eat per day, and take the garbage with you. Let us leave no destructive human trails to our mother nature!