Irkutsk region is located in the southeast of Siberia, between Krasnoyarsk Transbaikal krais and the republics of Tyva, Sakha and Buryatia. Occupying about 775 km² and inhabited by almost two and a half million people. The modern territory of the region was formed 1980, after the Buryat Ust-Orda Autonomous District united with Irkutsk region. Fishing and hunting in Irkutsk region
FISHING IN IRKUTSK REGION
The region is known among fishermen, first of all, for the lake Baikal and its unique ones – seal and omul. But fishing is diverse and fascinating on many other water bodies, as well. Lakes, of which there are more than two hundred, are inhabited by fish of almost sixty species, including trout.
Fishing on the lake Baikal pleases with large specimens of pike, lank, grayling, burbot, whitefish and salmon, as well. Sturgeon is found In many water bodies, but its fishing is forbidden. Fishing on the Lena River or the Bratsk Reservoir is not inferior to Baikal fishing. Many fishermen prefer the Angara, Irkut, Tunguska, Yenisei or smaller rivers like the Kirenga.
The Lena is rich in taimen, lenok, char, grayling, sterlet, omul, whitefish and many other kinds of valuable fish, thanks to which thousands of fishermen come there. Even taimen and other salmon are allowed to be taken in the Lena.
Fishing in Irkutsk region is also active on the Angara, but there is another set of fish – burbot, grayling, pike, roach, tugun, dace, bream and etc. A huge pike can be caught in the river from a boat using spinning, and a little bit smaller one from the bank. Harius is also spinned on an artificial fly from a standing or slowly moving boat. The crown fish of the Angara is a large bream, which is caught with a fishing rod all year round, but fishing for a perch in autumn on a small bait (gudgeon or loach) or using a spoon-bait is especially good. Lenok and grayling bites well in the springhead of the Angara.
The Bratsk reservoir and especially the Unginsky or Osetian bays are rich in common roach, perch and bream. The same catch is waiting for fishermen in the area of the Kurminsky Bay of the Irkutsk Reservoir. You can effectively catch whitefish in Irkutsk in the vicinity of the dam, and on the Tioply lakes. You can catch carp, perch, bream, roach and even a very large pike there. The same catch is waiting at the Kuzmikhinsky lakes, which are also rich in crayfish. To this set a little catfish is added in the Chertueyevsky Bay.
Most of the reservoirs of Irkutsk region are available for fishing without any payment, but this does not mean that you can catch, whenever and whatever. There is an active fish protection agency in the region that monitors compliance with the Fishery regulations. So, underwater fishing is allowed only without scuba equipment; you can use only fishing rods or spinning with a number of hooks up to ten; The catch should be less than five kilograms per fisherman, except for the catch of one larger specimen. In addition, there are restrictions on fishing in different water bodies at different times and to the maximum allowable size for each species.
HUNTING IN IRKUTSK REGION
The fauna of the Irkutsk region is numerous and diverse. There are more than three hundred species of birds and 68 mammals, of which the Russian Red Book includes: a bighorn, a red wolf, an snow leopard. Special protection is required for birds and animals of 137 species.
The hunting grounds of Irkutsk region, assigned to hunting users, take place on more than 77 million hectares. Hunting is conducted mainly on sables, squirrels, foxes, muskrats, bears, wolves, deer, wild boars, moose, roe deer, black grouse, partridge and wood grouse.
Hunting in Irkutsk region is strictly regulated, and hunting periods are annually determined by the wildlife protection service of the region. And may vary slightly from year to year, therefore the data given are indicative.
You can hunt for moose under the year from the beginning of October to the middle of January, for the older ones – before the end of the year. Adult males are allowed to be taken during the whole September. It is possible to hunt for the wimp of all ages from the beginning of October to the end of the year, for reproductive males – in September, as well, and for adults with unossified antlers in the first half of the summer. Roe deer can be hunted from the beginning of October to December 31. And adult males – also in the first two decades of September. Hunting reindeer is possible from August to mid-March, boars – all summer, autumn and winter, musk deer – in November and December.
Bears are allowed to be taken in two periods: from 2 April to the end of May or from August to November. In spring, you can hunt for the feathered (drakes, geese, woodcocks, male wood grouse and grouse) for 10 days in late April – early May, depending on the area. The upland game, the most popular in the region. Can be fired from the middle of August to the end of February, and the rest – from the same time till the end of the year.
Hunting for birds with dogs takes place: for marsh-meadow fowl – from July 25, and for upland. Field and steppe fowl – from August 5 to the end of the year. Among fur animals, hunting for hares, wolves and foxes begins in the middle of September. For sables – in mid-October, for mink, squirrel, wolverines, lynxes. Weasels and ermines – in early October and concludes at the end of February.
The wapiti, whose weight can reach up to 250 kilograms, is corralled and stalked during the spawning period. There is no commercial hunting for musk deer, sometimes it accidentally falls local hunters’ way during hunting with huskies. The roe deer, small artiodactyls weighing up to 35 kilograms, is stalked in summer or corralled with hounds. Moose is also hunted from the tower.
Sable – an object of commercial hunting, is extracted by methods that allow to keep the skin. Or gets shot by a gun during hunting with huskies. Wood groose is hunted in various ways: from a hut during the spawning period. On the pebbly surface from a hide, with spaniels, huskies or hounds, on a hollow in winter. Hazel grouse is hunted with huskies, duck calls or stalked.