If you love to travel, and if you love to fish even more, then a vacation or trip to Belarus should be on your radar. A landlocked country in Eastern Europe, Belarus is bordered by Russia to the East, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the West, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Because of over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometers (80,200 sq miles) is forested, this country has beautiful scenery and of course, great fishing. There are many streams, and over 11,000 lakes throughout the country, and three major rivers run through it: the Neman, the Pripyat, and the Dnieper. The Neman flows westward towards the Baltic sea and the Pripyat flows eastward to the Dnieper; the Dnieper flows southward towards the Black Sea.The most common species are crucian carp, carp, pike, pike-perch, bream, and catfish. There are plenty of fish species to explore and catch, many of them of good size that make a good challenge to catch on a fishing rod. The entire country is sparsely inhabited, giving it a lot of wilderness to explore and fish. So with beautiful views, quiet relaxation, and plenty of water to fish, what more could you ask for?
In Belarus, you do not need a normal fishing license to go fishing. Since it is a place full of lakes, streams, and rivers, this should not deter anyone from wanting to fish. There are, however, certain rules and regulations that one must follow if you are wanting to fish in the waters of Belarus. To preserve the fish population in rivers and lakes, a ban on fishing is imposed, which depends on the seasonal spawning of certain species. First perch and pike spawn, a little later - roach, tench, bream, and other fish. Specific terms of the ban on the areas and species of fish can be found in the rules and regulations calendars and booklets. It is highly recommended to research the area you want to fish and get the appropriate rules and regulations regarding that body of water beforehand. However, amateur fishing in Belarus is allowed year-round. If it is carried out by the fisherman using one fishing rod with one hook or a spinning with an artificial bait and one single, double or triple hook in a light time of the day from the shore (without entering the water), or possibly from the ice. Amateur fishing is allowed with the simultaneous use of not more than five hooks per fisherman. However, more detailed information on a specific region should be researched before beginning to fish. For a good example, in order to preserve the catfish population, its catch is prohibited from November 1 to March 31. Be sure to properly do your homework before attempting to fish wherever you may be.
There are many great places to fish in Belarus, depending on the time of year and the type of fishing an angler may want to do. Chigirinsky Reservoir is considered to be the best place for fishing in Belarus. In August, next to the village of Grudichino, an interesting holiday "Big Bard-fishing" is takes place here. Travelers will find that fishing is popular in Belarus, and there are many local fishing contests that you can participate in while you are visiting. Note that the places near the Chigrinsky reservoir are very picturesque, but they make for some great fishing. You can also catch pike, crucian carp, perch, roach and scraper. You can get here by car on the motorway M4 to the east. Another good place for fishing in the country that we recommend is the Vilejka reservoir. Here, you can catch pike, roach, perch, bream, sometimes you get pikeperch, carp, bleak. It is great to fish from the boat between the islands, it is possible to catch some large fish. You can get here from Minsk by car on the P58 highway. You can also fish in the water bodies of Minsk (for example, the Svisloch river), but it is strictly forbidden to eat anything you catch here! It is better to go out of town to the Minsk Sea, or also the Zaslavsky Reservoir. Here you can catch roach, pike, perch, bream, and sometimes pike, crucian and bleak. Don’t count on super large catches here though. The Zaslavskoe Reservoir can be reached from the central railway station by train to the Minsk Sea station. Also, you can go by car to the neighborhood of Minsk by the M1 route to Ptich Lake. Here, you will find perch, carp, roach, minnows, and often come across carp. There can be good sized fish caught at any number of lakes around the country. Another great option are paid fishing places, where you can pay a small fee and gain access to some great fishing areas. You can go to fish farms, where various kinds of fish are bred in water bodies. Paid fishing in Belarus is extremely popular: you are guaranteed to return home with a catch! You can go to the carp fishing farm Volma, which is located in the Cherven district, just 60 km from Minsk, near the village of Ozerny. Here, paid fishing is carried out for several species of fish: crucian carp, carp, white carp, carp, pike, and perch.
You can also fish in the Vitebsk region, in the Postavy district, on the territory of the Novinka fish farm, one of the leaders of the fishing industry in Belarus, specializing in the production and cultivation of pond fish. These fish can be a good size. There is a cascade of ponds for paid fishing, in which carp, pike, catfish, white cupid, carp, and tench are grown. Fishing and staying in the pond is allowed only on purchased one-time passes, which are purchased at the entrance to the pond before fishing. While there are plenty of places to rent rods, reels, and other equipment all around Belarus, it is usually better to buy or bring your own. It will pay off in the long run by saving you some money and giving you a guaranteed method of catching fish without the headache of finding some gear before hand. Another benefit of buying or bringing your own gear is that you will usually save money in the long run and be more proficient with your gear. If fishing in Belarus has ever been on your radar to go fishing, it is something you should definitely do. Traveling and fishing are two things you should always keep on your bucket list, so why not do both at the same time. Belarus is a beautiful place and a perfect fishing destination for anyone wanting to do some traveling!