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Fish from Russia

***** Location: Russia
***** Season: various, see below
***** Category: Animal


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In Russia, the spring fishing, with fishing rod, in the rivers takes place at the time when the white birches begin to bud till the time the leaves appear on them. The fish goes upstreams, with the high waters, to spawn. The earliest fish that could be caught is pike. Then comes dace and ide.

A bit later one catches roach and perch. After them, it is gudgeon, chub and bleak.

Zhanna P. Rader

The following information is taken mainly from a Russian site:


Dace (Squalius leuciscus) Yelets (yeh-lets) - in Russian
(Dace) n. [Written also dare, dart, fr. F. dard dase, dart, of German origin. Dace is for an older darce, fr. an OF. nom. darz. See Dart a javelin.] (Zoöl.) A small European cyprinoid fish (Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); — called also dare.

Ide (Leuciscus idus) Yaz - in Russian

Pike (Esox Lucius) Stchuka (stchoo-kah) - in Russian

Roach. (Rutilus retiles.) Plotva (ploh-tvah) - in Russian
Family Cyprinidae

The European perch (Perca fluviatilis) Okun (oh-koon)- in Russian.
is found in Europe and northern Asia. It is 15-60 cm long, and may weigh up to 10.4 kg. It is usually dark green with red fins. It has been successfully introduced in New Zealand and Australia where it is called redfin perch.

The Perch is a predatory fish. Young Perch feed on tiny crustacea and insect larvae such as Bloodworm. When the Perch reaches around four ounces it will switch to a mainly fish diet consisting of fry. When they reach around 1-2lb they will take prey around 1-2oz. The best bait to catch perch is the Worm.

When you catch a Perch care must be taken when handling them. They have a spiny dorsal fin this is not poisonous but it is very sharp. To get the fin down gently push the dorsal fin from head to tail. The fin will then go down. Perch usually spawn between March and June. The female can lay as many as 300,000 eggs. Which will begin to hatch about one week after fertilisation

Gudgeon (Gobio gobio) peskar (peh-skahr) - in Russian

CHUB. Leuciscus Cephalus. Goloval (goh-loh-vahl) - in Russian
Family: Cyprinidae

Bleak (Alburnus alburnus) Ukleyka (ook-ley-kah)- in Russian

Smelt, Osmerus mordax, including
..... ..... Корюшка (smelt) (Orushka) - in Russian. Osmerus eperlanus

Things found on the way


White birch budding -
pike struggles up the stream
to spawn.

Skylarks' trills -
a fisherman takes his first ide
off the hook.

Zhanna P. Rader


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