Kostroma Region is located in the center of the European part of the Russian Federation. This is one of the largest regions in the Central Federal District. The region borders: in the north – with Vologda region, in the west – with Yaroslavl, in the south – with Nizhny Novgorod and Ivanovo, in the east – with Kirov region.

Strategically, this region connects Moscow with the so-called Russian north – six huge regions located in the zone of the circumpolar taiga. The area of Kostroma region is 60.2 thousand square kilometers. The length: from north to south – 260 km, from west to east – 420 km. The main cities are Kostroma, Bui, Sharya.

The Kostroma region can be proud of its capital. Kostroma, an ancient Russian city, founded in the 12th century, is included in the eight of the “Golden Ring of Russia” – historical cities with a large number of monuments of ancient Russian history and culture. Thanks to the favorable location on the Volga, one of the main trade routes of the Middle Ages, soon after the founding of Kostroma quickly turned into a rich merchant city.


Kostroma Oblast, as a fishing region, provides fishermen with the opportunity of good fishing for such classic fish species as pike, pike perch, catfish, as well as burbot, sterlet, asp, carp and etc. In addition, crayfish are also actively caught here. The Chukhlomskoye and Galichskoye are the largest lakes in Kostroma region.

Many mouths and gulfs of rivers, the Gorky reservoir and all the lakes of the Kostroma region are spawning grounds. Varied fishing in Kostroma region occurs both in warm and winter seasons, different varieties of fishing gears and types of fishing are used here.

2632 rivers flow through the lands of the region. 535 of them exceed in length 10 kilometers. All flowing reservoirs belong to the Upper Volga basin, or rather its tributaries – Kostroma, Mera, Nemda, Unzha and Vetluga. Fishing in Kostroma region is a unique trip to the fishing areas of ​​lakes and reservoirs.

The most forest and least boggy north-east area is the best part of the region. Fish are often found here. Since the absence of cities and large settlements left the rivers in optimal condition (meaning purity and volume of fishing).

Fishing in Kostroma region is famous for roach, catfish, bream. Common carp (it is also bred artificially on many paid ponds), crucian carp, pike perch, perch, white bream and pike. During the spring spawning period, in some parts of the reservoirs, you can use not more than two fishing rods. Some representatives of the ichthyofauna are included in the Red Book of the region: a sculpin, a river pearl, a sterlet, a Russian sturgeon and a white amur.


Hunting in Kostroma region is an immersion in the world of unexplored wilderness. Which is not affected by any economic activity of a person.

Hunting in Kostroma region is associated with 43 public hunting grounds, 23 forest areas and 27 protected areas (where shooting of many animal species is restricted or prohibited). The largest hunting farms are to the east of Unzhi – in impenetrable pine and spruce forests. There are a lot of not pursued ungulates and furry animals. A large number of beavers are found on the dams.

The most widely open hunting is for swamp-meadow game (especially on the huge Kotlovsky bogs in the Kadia district and the same large swamps under Makariev). Moose and boar are found everywhere in the region. Black grouse, wood grouse, fox and beaver are also popular among local hunters.

Hunting in Kostroma region has a number of restrictions. Hunting for white hare starts only from the middle of September and finishes in February. Spring hunting for drakes is allowed only with the use of decoy ducks. The feathered game can be fired only 10 calendar days in a row – in several calls from March to the middle of June. Hunting for the moose is allowed only in September, and on the brown bear – from April to mid-May or from August to November (while in the reserves you are forbidden to hunt for these animals at all).

On the territory of the region there are 21 species of vertebrate fauna listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation. Among them – the golden eagle, the black stork, the gyrfalcon (it can be found here only during migration period). Lesser white-fronted goose, harrier eagle, white-tailed eagle, osprey and muskrat. Their extraction is prohibited at any scale. As indicated above, the shooting of hare is significantly restricted.