Smolensk region is located in the western boundary of the Central Federal District, it borders on the Pskov, Tver, Moscow, Kaluga, and Bryansk regions. In the west it neighbors with Belarus. The region occupies an area of ​​49.8 thousand km2, its length: from north to south -255 km., from west to east – 285 km. Population of the region is 966 thousand people. The administrative center is the city of Smolensk. The distance to Moscow is 365 km.


The main water “artery” of the region is a section of the Dnieper with Vyazma, Vop, Desna and Sozh. The Vazuza, Gzhat and Ugra are the part of the Volga and Oka basins. A barely noticeable fragment of the Western Dvina flows between the high heels of Velizh. In these rivers, the ruff, crucian carp, perch, common carp, bream, pike and roach are waiting for fishermen. In total there are 30 names of the ichthyofauna. Fishing and hunting in Smolensk region for you

Several hundred lakes are at the disposal of those who are interested in fishing in Smolensk region. The glacial reservoirs of the north-west are hauntingly beautiful (there are 160 of them – the total area of ​​the water surface is 1 hectare). We are talking about the Kasple, Svaditsky, Velisto, Sapsha and others. However, the largest of them is the Akatovskoe. Its area is 655 hectares. The deepest is the Baklanovsky (you have to dive to 28 meters to reach the bottom). The most famous karst water body is the Lake Kalyginskoye. There are catfish, pike, amur sleeper, roach, ide and perch in the Lakeland of Smolensk region.

Fishing in Smolensk region is also popular with recreation at large reservoirs. The Yauzskoe and Vazuskoe (north-east) supply water even to Moscow. The Smolensk Reservoir is a large power plant cooler. Desnogorsk “sea” is famous for its kind, a resort, as well as a large fishing ground. Even catfish bite here.

The Red Book of the Smolensk region includes: Dnieper sturgeon, Dneprovsky barbel, brown trout, sterlet, bullhead, Black sea roach and Chud bleak. During spawning, only two fishing rods can be used as a fishing tool. From 25 April to 5 June Desnogorsk reservoir and other wintering pits (spawning grounds) in the Dnieper basin are closed for fishing. Recently, the region has increased the penalty for illegal fishing and violation of the boundaries of water protection zones.


This forest area of ​​Russia is the habitat of brown bear, marten, wolf, fox, elk, roe deer and brown hare. The local wild boars were annihilated by the thousands of hunter-noblemen and numerous invaders… The individuals that dozens of hunting farms offer their clients are grown in special pens (now the artificial herd has grown to 23,000).

Hunting in Smolensk region is associated with the territories of 141 reserves, 12 of which are within protected biosphere reserves. Mostly hunters go to the region to shoot hare and foxes, including game driving. Everywhere in the region (especially in the overmature pine forests of Velizh, Demidov and Ugransky districts), an old variety of hunting is reviving – hunting the crying groose. In autumn and spring hunters are available to shoot marsh-meadow (wild goose), water (drake and duck), as well as forest wildfowl. Marsh-meadow species are more abundant in the Smolensk Lake District (Demidov District). Do not forget that the north-east of the district is the same-name reserve, part of its fauna is listed in the Red Book.

Far from all kinds of shooting can offer hunting in Smolensk region. It is possible to hunt for moose and roe deer only in the Krasninsky area, using as an arrival route M-1, and then R-135. The shooting of a bear is restricted by local legislation – there is no private hunt for it. A deer is not found in the vast expanses of the land for a long time.

It should be noted that hunting in Smolensk region has a number of restrictions. Unfortunately, no more than 20 percent of the total number of hunting farms have public access status. The most “closed” is the Velizhsky reserve. 14 species of mammals are listed in the Red Data Book. Among them, the muskrat, otter, beaver and 11 species of bats.