Sakhalin, the most eastern region of Russia, is entirely located on the islands – the Kurils and Sakhalin, including the islands of Tyuleniy and Moneron. By sea, it borders on Khabarovsk and Kamchatka krais and has a state sea border with Japan. Hunting and fishing in Sakhalin Oblast 

The straits of Tartary and Nevelskoye, the Sakhalin Bay, the Amur Estuary separate the region from the mainland, and the La Perouse Strait separates it from Hokkaido, Japan’s island. The west and south of Sakhalin region are washed by the warm waters of ​​the Sea of ​​Japan, and the rest by the cold waters of ​​the sea of Okhotsk. From the east, the coast of the Kuril Islands is washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Hunting and fishing in Sakhalin Oblast 


Fishing in Sakhalin region is very diverse. Fish live here in the sea, in mountainous and lowland rivers, and in lakes, as well. There you can catch flounder, Far Eastern catfish, trout, several kinds of salmon and many more different fish. On Sakhalin and the Kurils, you can get sturgeon, crucian carp, pike, goldfish and even giant kaluga. There are cases when it can reached a length of 5 meters and weighs about a ton.

At the end of spring and early summer, cherry salmon and Sakhalin char are active. During this period, cherry salmon just come to the rivers of Sakhalin region to spawn, while Sakhalin char already returns to the sea. They are caught with the use of small wobblers and spoon-bait. The next, more prolonged for the active fishing for Sakhalin char, is the period from mid-summer to mid-November.

Char is caught well starting from August. Winter fishing in Sakhalin region is popular no less than a summer, and the best biting is observed on the first ice. At this time, loach, taimen, Sakhalin char, smelt, flounder, rudd, navaga, burbot and pike are caught well. However, fish can be caught here at any time, and during the spawning period, rivers are full of cherry salmon, Malma, Sakhalin char, Coho salmon, pink salmon and chum salmon, and they can really be taken barehanded.

People fish on the Tym, Valya, Dagi, Evaya, Nabil, Uang and the Nabil, Nyivo, Chayvo, Dagi bay in the Nogliki area with a fishing rod, spinning, fly tackle. At night it is usual to catch on a mouse. Large salmon of different breeds become a long-awaited trophy.

The south of Sakhalin is famous for its large lagoon lakes – Nevsky, Tainucha, Busse and Bolshoy Vaivaisky. The Tainucha, spread out among the hills, is not only a beautiful place, but also a habitat of taimen.

In the bay near the Cape Aniv fishermen catch chum and pink salmon, in summer and early autumn, pollock and greenling, ruff and catfish are caught. Cherry salmon is taken well at the southernmost point of Sakhalin – Cape Krillon. The harbor of salmons from the beginning of May to October attracts fishermen with the opportunity to catch a prickly. Or yellow-legged flounder, Kamchatka or red king crab.


Hunting in Sakhalin Oblast can be carried out on upland or waterfowl game. Fur and ungulate animals and even on brown bears, whose population here is over the odds. Such birds as grouse, geese, ducks, wood grouses, woodcocks, white grouses, mallards and others are hunted here. Such mammals as bears, wolverines, sables, foxes, reindeer, hares, squirrels. Chipmunks, otters, ermines, musk deer, red deer, spotted deer, muskrat are hunted too.

The main objects of amateur hunting are bears, hares, waterfowl and wild game. Visiting hunters should better organize the tour in advance in order to get the necessary permits and get help from qualified rangers who know exactly where, when, how and for whom you can hunt. The timing of hunting for different species of animals can be quickly checked on the website of the Ministry of Forestry and Hunting of the region. Terms are slightly shifted each year, so it is better to receive fresh information. The addresses of issuing licenses by district are also indicated there.

You can stalk for hares, foxes, raccoons, sables, minkholes and otters with dogs. If a hunter has a permit for a licensed fur-bearing animal, he can simultaneously hunt for non-licensed species of fur-bearing animals, birds and hares, if it is permissible in time.

The Krilon peninsula is rich in marsh and waterfowl, as well as, wild boars. In spring and autumn, migratory waders, diving ducks, geese and ducks stop there. Hunters shoot them at sunset or after sunrise on river and lake shallows covered with reeds. To take a goos hunters use duck calls, camouflage, hides or stuffed animals.

The most dangerous and expensive is hunting for treacherous and pointed brown bear. There are so many of them on Sakhalin that without a gun, especially on cedar stalks, it is generally dangerous to walk on hunting grounds. Sakhalin brown bears sometimes reach such proportions that their skins often become the leaders of international exhibitions.

Among valuable animals you can hunt for a deer. Some units of large reindeer may exceed in length two meters, and by weight – 200 kilograms. The habitat of the red deer is the Tonino-Aniva Peninsula.

Part of the hunting grounds is accessible to everyone. But in a number of territories it is possible to participate only in organized hunting. As these lands are assigned to specialized enterprises or public organizations.