Crimea is a great place for fishing lovers. The geographical position and warm climate provide all the necessary conditions for year-round sea, freshwater and spear fishing. Thanks to the picturesque landscapes and rich marine fauna, the Crimean peninsula has become a favorite destination for both professional fishermen and ordinary amateurs.
Sea fishing in Crimea
The trademark of Crimea, of course, is sea fishing. Due to its favorable geographical position and mild climate, fishing is possible here all year round. However, for fishing to be successful, you need to know when, where and what fish to fish.
For example, in the Black and Azov Seas, in addition to the rich local fauna, one can meet "stray" guests who migrate for spawning during the change of seasons. Such transit inhabitants include the Black Sea herring, which is found off the coast of the Caucasus. She goes to spawn through the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov, and for the winter again returns to the Black Sea. That is why the ideal time to catch Black Sea herring falls in October. Sturgeon and tuna fish, bonito and mackerel also enter the Crimean seas.
But, say, horse mackerel is a permanent resident of the Black Sea and you can catch it all year round. True, the season for catching it falls on spring and autumn, when the water is still warm - then the fish goes into the depths of the sea. The local inhabitants of the Black Sea waters also include pilengas, mullet, bluefish, sea bass, sea burbot, flounder and ruff. You can catch them from late spring to mid-autumn.
Sea fishing on the Crimean peninsula can be roughly divided into 3 main areas: the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Sivash. Each of these areas has its own characteristics of fishing. So, on the Black Sea coast near the Kerch Peninsula, they catch mainly horse mackerel, pilengas, mullet and flounder. The southern coast of Crimea is popular with those who like fishing in the open sea. The Balaklava area is considered the most "fishy" place - sea bass, sultana, sea fox and horse mackerel are found in abundance here. From the shore, you can catch green whales, ruff and other small things.
On the western coast of Crimea, in the area of Cape Tarkhankut, fishermen will have a richer catch: horse mackerel, mullet, goby, kalkan, as well as crabs, mussels and rapana. In this area, you can also hunt for the Black Sea shark if you go by boat in the open waters.
Fishermen go to Sivash mainly after a bull. Since it is found at great depths, it can only be caught from a boat. In addition to the goby, in this area you can also catch the Glossa flounder, which is distinguished by delicious meat, shellfish and shrimp.
The Azov Sea is of interest both for fishing from the shore and in the open sea. The main prey in these waters will be tulka, goby, flounder, pilengas, mullet and pike perch.
Freshwater fishing in Crimea
In Crimea, there are also many freshwater reservoirs in which fish for every taste is found. Freshwater fishing can be roughly divided into several zones: rivers, lakes, reservoirs and paid reservoirs. The main freshwater inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula are carp, carp, roach, bream, crucian carp, pike and pike perch.
For exciting lake fishing, tourists can go to the Baydar Valley, where they catch mainly perch and carp. For pike, it is best to go to an artificial lake located near Mount Gasfort. The area here is very beautiful, so in addition to good fishing, you can enjoy the picturesque Crimean landscapes to your heart's content.
In addition, fishing is not possible in a freshwater lake called Sasyk, which is located between Saki and Yevpatoria. This is a large salty lake, but in its freshened northern part there are many fish: carp, grass carp, crucian carp, mullet, perch.
Fishing in the mountain rivers of the Crimea is not so easy, therefore, mostly experienced fishermen go to river fishing. However, the efforts expended pay off with interest - here you can catch delicious river trout. However, to catch it, you must first obtain a special permit. The most successful places for river fishing are the banks of Belbek, Kacha and Black.
Paid fishing is especially popular with visiting tourists. Firstly, there is always fish on the paid reservoirs. Secondly, all the necessary fishing equipment can be rented. Thirdly, in such fishing villages, comfortable conditions are created not only for wonderful fishing, but also for relaxing in the bosom of nature: the presence of a refined area with gazebos, saunas and barbecues. The most famous paid reservoirs on the territory of the Crimean peninsula are Lake Kyzyl-Yar and a reservoir in the village of Uvarovo. In these places, for relatively little money, you can catch a lot of crucians, carps, perches, pilengas, pike perch, crucian carp, silver carp and grass carp.
Underwater fishing in Crimea
Underwater fishing in Crimea is very popular both among the local population and visiting tourists. The bays of Cape Tarkhankut are considered one of the best places for underwater fishing. A distinctive feature of this place is the purest clear water (visibility up to 10 meters deep) and an abundance of reefs, which create ideal conditions for spearfishing. As for the fauna that lives here, the most common are mullet, striped mullet and saran. No less interest among fans of underwater fishing is the flounder and stingray living in the local waters.
Balaklava Bay is also suitable for exciting spearfishing. Local fishermen called it "fish bag", as here you can get a lot of bluefish, horse mackerel, sea bass and mullet.