The Republic of Mordovia lies in the west of the Volga Federal District. The length of its territory from north to south is 100 km, from west to east – 300 km. Mordovia borders: in the south – with Penza region, in the west – with Ryazan region, in the north-east – with Chuvash republic, in the southeast – with Ulyanovsk region and in the north – with Nizhny Novgorod region. The total area is ​​26.2 thousand square km.


The region has a sufficient number of water bodies (total number of 114 rivers, 500 lakes), forming a dense network of tributaries. The largest rivers of the area are Alatyr, Insar, Piana and Moksha (most of the Mordovian waters belong to its basin). Fishing in the Republic of Mordovia, first of all, affects the water area of ​​these water bodies. Pike, perch, asp, chub and sander inhabit them. The medium sized rivers are the Vysha, Issa, Vad, Sivin and Partsa. The rest are so narrow that they may not be noticeable in thickets from afar.

Fishing in the Republic of Mordovia is taking place on lakes with the same success. Their total area is 21,000 hectares. The number of inland reservoirs (together with ponds) exceeds several thousand. Most of them were formed in the places of dead arms of rivers. A pike, perch, white bream, silver bream, sander and chub can be found in local lakes. There are 2 reservoirs in the region.

One is located on the river Techera, in the center of Luhovka (settlement south of Saransk). Another is in Alatyr (south-west of Ardatov, the extreme north-east of the region). Fishermen who have been here, praise huge local pike and bream. Three ponds in Streletskaya Sloboda, Avgura and Alferov are also popular. A good carp is bred here, there are luxurious recreation centers.

Fishing in the Republic of Mordovia has a restriction in the spring – during the spawning season, sport and amateur fishing is prohibited on the lakes Svetloe and Pleten Vilge, at the mouth of the Urkata and Moksha, at the confluence of the Sivin in Moksha, in the area of Moksha above the bridge (Krasnoslobodsky district), at the dams of Turgenevsky and the Luhovsky reservoir. The fact is that most of spawning pits are concentrated there. During this period you can use only two fishing rods in the remaining fishing places.

Be careful. For many years in this region, the catch of mudfish, Volga zander, common bullhead, Russian sturgeon and starlet is prohibited. However, asp, carp, white-eyed bream, minnow, broom, chub, white minnow, dace, sneep and inconnu have been recently included in the local Red Book. Inspectors of fishing control are very mobile on the rivers Moksha and Alatyr. In recent months, a record number of fishermen who were not familiar with the legislation have been detained here. People get into a difficult situation because of a carp or chub …


Hunting in the Republic of Mordovia is a great chance to test yourself (and sometimes your dog) for patience and endurance. The local wild game is very timid. Populations of many species relentlessly shrink. In recent years, in 11 districts of the republic, hunting has not been opened at all. Counts of birds and terrestrial animals have been recorded.

Things are in the best way with upland, meadow and waterfowl. In spring and autumn-winter seasons, a duck, woodcock, wood grouse, black grouse and goose are regularly hunted. However, local forest birds are hunted in summer, as well. Migratory birds breed well  in all parts of the republic. What is more, this corner of Russia is rich in wild boar and furs (weasel, marten and muskrat).

Hunting in the Republic of Mordovia is concentrated on the lands of several dozen hunting grounds scattered throughout its territory (with the exception of the marginal territory of cities). Not all farms are publicly available.

Hunting in the Republic of Mordovia is prohibited on the reserved lands. In addition, any electronic devices that mimic the voices of animals or crafty lighting devices are unacceptable in conducting such events. Many people have already paid fines for the use of such equipment… It is also prohibited to make shots from a vehicle or use a buckshot of more than 5 mm.

87 species of birds are recorded in the Red Book of the region (this list must be read, as it includes even common birds – hoopoe, eagle owl and two species of curlews). 32 species of mammals are also listed here. You have to be careful. Among them there are such common representatives of wild game, as a bison, badger, ferret, beaver, river otter, European mink, noble deer, roe deer and lynx.