Penza region is a constituent entity of the Russian Federation. The region is located in the center of European Russia, it is part of the Volga Federal District. The administrative center of the region is the city of Penza. The region borders with Saratov region in the south, with Tambov region in the west, Ulyanovsk region in the east, the Republic of Mordovia in the north, and Ryazan region in the north-west. Its population is 1 348 382 people. Total area – 43,200 km².


According to statistics, there are 240 lakes in Penza region. All of them are classified as medium or small, which are the most. The largest lakes the Penza region are Lyacherka, its area is 105.5 hectares, and Mokhovoye, with an area of ​​104 hectares. According to the classification of natural reservoirs – these are the middle-sized lakes. Hunting and fishing in Penza region 

Almost all lakes in the region are not very deep. Only two dozen reservoirs have the water level of more than 2 meters. The deepest are the lakes Starichnoe and Glubokoe. They are a bit deeper than 3 meters. Almost all lakes in the region are floodplain and located along rivers.

Fishing in Penza region is most active in late spring, till the lakes are overgrown with sedge and water lilies. It is problematic to get to clean water in the rest of the time. You have to use high water boots. With a maximum effort, you can get a good catch. Pike, perch are found in large numbers in Penza lakes. They are mostly active during the intensive feeding period. At this time fishing becomes a real pleasure.

There are 3000 rivers in the region, which belong to the basin of the Volga and the Don. The total length of water bodies is 15,458 kilometers. The largest are Sura, Moksha, Hopper, Vorona and Uza. Fishing in Penza region is centered around them and their tributaries. Bream, asp, pike-perch, carp, catfish, perch and chub are found here.

Many fishermen go to the Sursky reservoir. The favorite places of fishermen are Kamayka, Alferyevka, Kazeyevka and the mouth of Lamzai. Pike, skimmer and a large bream bite in the local water.

The restrictions on fishing in Penza region are related to spring season and the list of the Red Book. During spawning period, it is prohibited to fish on spawning pits (in the water area overgrown with reeds of delta arms, as well as in the upper and lower reaches of the hydrosystem of the Sursky reservoir). Vimba, Russian spirlin, Volga sneep, Ukrainian lamprey, starlet, blue bream and common bullhead are included in the regional Red Book.


Hunting in Penza region is the acquaintance with the rich world of wild game on the border of steppe and forest zones in the west of the Volga Upland. The special feature of the local hunting activity is a big amount of both meadow and upland fowl – quail, gray partridge, woodcock and black grouse. moorfowl and waterfowl (a corncrake, snipe, goose, duck and coot) are in sufficient number too. Sometimes the hunting season starts even earlier.

However, only small populations of terrestrial animals inhabit this region (almost all of them are limited). For example, roe deer are in such small numbers here that you can get behind bars just for illegal shooting of only one unit. The terms of the hunting season for some animals have been shortened. In addition, the entire region is dotted with parts of the reserve and other protected areas where hunting is prohibited. Nevertheless, poachers more often shoot elks and wild boars in sparse forests. Hunting in Penza region is conducted on the territory of 33 public hunting farms located in the central – the most plain part of the region.

Hunting in Penza region is limited by prohibitions related to the list of the regional Red Book. It includes more than 20 species of birds and such animals as muskrat, brown bear, European mink, lynx, otter and beaver.