Altai krai almost entirely fits in the West Siberian Plain, but it doesn’t mean that the region is so small, rather the plain is so vast that almost 170,000 km2 of the region’s territory occupy only its southeast. The region is inhabited by more than 2.5 million people, more than half of them live in cities. The largest of the twelve cities of the region are: Barnaul, Rubtsovsk and Biysk, and the administrative center is Barnaul, located on the banks of the Ob river at the confluence of the Barnaulka. Fishing and hunting in Altai krai


The region does not impress the imagination with the species diversity of the fish, but its number and sizes attract lovers from all over the country to its rivers and lakes. Among the 38 species of fish nominally inhabiting the water bodies of the krai carps are taken in the lakes, while breams are caught in the Ob and Novosibirsk water reservoir, part of which is situated on the territory of the region, on commercial scale. Perch, roach and pike are taken to a lesser extent. Fishing and hunting in Altai krai

Fishing in Altai krai can be very comfortable due to the developed system of tourist and fishing bases. Fishing goes here all year round. There are a lot of paid ponds in Altai krai, in some of them you have to pay only an entrance ticket, and the fee for caught fish is not charged. Pike, crucian carp, perch, roach, white bream, silver carp, common carp, white amur are caught at the ponds. Paid fishing also takes place on the lake Kireevo, where common carp, crucian carp, burbot, perch and pike live.

The most desirable trophy for fishermen is the Siberian taimen, which lives in the Lake Akkem, the Katun River or the upper reaches of Biya. This river is also rich in grayling, ide, rudd, pike, sterlet, pike perch, perch, roach, bream, burbot, lenok.

The second most popular type of fish is grayling, which lives in many rivers and lakes, mostly in the foothills, where water is especially clean and rich in oxygen. Fishermen go for it to the rivers Biya and Kayancha, the lakes Akkemskoe and Sorokinskoe. In addition to taimen and grayling you can catch amur, bream, silver carp, common carp and burbot in the Akkemskoe lake.

Fishermen go on the Ob for sterlet, pike perch, pike and ide. The Yeraska lake is known for the abundance of crucian carp. Pravdinskoe reservoir is a home for bream, pike and perch; on the reservoir Sorochy Log you can catch pike, carp, pike perch, perch, crucian carp, tench, whitefish, bream, roach. Those who want to catch bream, carp mirror, perch, tench, whitefish go on the lake Utkul. The lake Peshcherka is not inferior to it by catches.

On the lake and the river Aichenok crucian carp is taken in summer, and perch – in winter. Fishermen go on the Aiskoye Lake for a large catch of crucian carp, tench, gudgeon and for the sake of aesthetic enjoyment of the colorful nature of the region. Buffalo, crucian carp, pike and Siberian roach are caught on the Pilnenskoe lake. Fishing and hunting in Altai krai

There is a spawning ban in the krai on catching fish in the Ob and its tributaries during a month from April 20, on the lakes and the Novosibirsk reservoir – for a month from 25 May, except for bank fishing with one fishing rod, aside from the specified protected spawning grounds. Taimen, nelma and Siberian sturgeon are included in the regional Red Book, and their catch is strictly stipulated by the license.


The diversity of landscapes and natural areas has caused a huge species diversity in the fauna of Altai krai. More than 80 species of mammals and 300 species of birds live here. Many of them are listed in the Red Book of various levels up to the international level. Hunting in Altai krai is carried out on dozens of species of animals, and birds of four orders.

Hunting for adult maral, roe deer and moose starts on August 20. And for all these species plus musk deer on November 1; for the wild boar – from 1 October. The hunting season lasts until the end of the year. During the first half of July it is allowed to hunt for a male maral with unossified antlers.

Brown bear can be taken only with registered licenses under the control of the responsible person within a month after an animal has left its lair and from the beginning of August to the end of the year. It is not allowed to shoot a female bear with one year old cubs before the denning. If the beast is taken on a lair where several individuals lie, it is possible to extract all, upon condition that the license will be issued in fact.

Wolves, moles, chipmunks and hamsters can be hunted without permits. To capture other animals and birds, you need to have one-time nominal licenses or temporary permits, which are issued taking into account quotas for a day or a season. Gophers or hamsters can be hunted without time limits. Foxes, hares, ermines, mountain weasels, corsac foxes, polecats, wolverines, minks, lynxex and weasals can be taken from the beginning of November to the end of January; muskrats, beavers – from October to the end of January; sables and squirrels – after October 20 to the end of January.

Hunting for foxes and hares with greyhounds or hounds is possible from the beginning of October. You can hunt for muskrats, beavers and minks using deadfalls.

For 10 days in spring, it is allowed to hunt for wood-grouse. Grouse males, as well as, woodcocks during their breeding season; for geese – ambush hunting, for drakes and ducks – ambush hunting with stuffed animals. In the autumn-summer period, hunting for birds begins in August, with the third (sometimes – the fourth) Saturday. It lasts until the end of October, except for upland game, which can be taken for three months longer.

Hunting in Altai krai for birds with the use of spaniels or coppers can begin two weeks earlier. You can use hunting birds two weeks ahead, but only after obtaining a license for fur-bearing animals and feathered game.

All terms are indicative and are annually established, as well as, the list of animals. By order of the state bodies.