The administrative center of Vologda region is the city of Vologda. There are big rivers in the region, such as Sukhona with tributaries Vologda and Dvina, Yug with Luza, Mologa with Chagoda, Sheksna, Suda, the upper reaches of Unzhi, Andoma.

There are about 4 thousand lakes in the region. the Sheksna and the large Rybinsk Reservoir are in the south-west, Beloye, Kubenskoye and Vozhe are in the west and Onega Lake is in the north of the region. Nature is protected in the Russian North National Park, Darwin Reserve and other 198 specially protected natural areas.


Vologda region is famous for its rivers rich in fish and especially lakes, the most famous of which are Beloye and Onega. You can catch a perch, bream and sander in the Beloye lake, which is one of the largest in Eurpoe. And in Onega Lake, by the way, the second largest lake in Europe, there is a legendary Onega salmon, which you need to spoon or ledger.

You can also take salmon with a pole, or spinning. And if you do not like to follow the float, you can always get a boat, and catch fish with nets. Reservoirs with standing water are real visiting cards of the region. The largest lakes are Vozhe, Ezhezero and Kubenskoye. Here you can catch a predatory fish – perch, pike, pike perch. But roaches, crucian carp, bream are also found here. Hunting and fishing in Vologda region choose and enjoy it.

The Ezhezero is traditionally preferred by lovers of winter fishing. The lake is far from civilization, so it is very pleasant to fish here in winter silence. In addition, there are houses on the shore of the lake in which you can spend the night. There is a forest around the lake, and no wind at all. So it’s almost impossible to catch a cold. The most frequent catches of fishermen in winter are perch, roach, ruff. There is a rare and very tasty fish grayling in almost all lakes, but catching it is not easy. Fishermen are thrilled  of the competition trying to catch this lake inhabitant. Chub, ide, perch, pike inhabit the Vologda rivers of Sukhony, Sud, Ukhtomka.

The artificial Sheksna and the largest Rybinsk Reservoir are the best for fishing. It is possible at any time of the year and you can catch traditional pike and pike perch. Roach, bream and burbot are found here. Winter season ideal to catch a pike stretches here from November to April. In summer fishermen usually catch sander.

Vologda region is located in the distance from Moscow (470 km) or St. Petersburg (650 km), so there are not so many fishermen in summer, as well as, in the winter fishing season. However, you can reach any place of active fishing by car.


There are many species of game mammals and wildfowl here. Vologda region is a traditional bear-hunting leader. Of course, we are talking about a brown bear, an ordinary Russian bear. Since 2015, both autumn and spring hunting for brown bear are allowed, and the total duration of the hunting season is therefore as much as 5 months. It is completely forbidden to hunt for a bear in its lair to prevent harm to females with newborn cubs.

Hunting for moose is the most common type of hunting here. The main “moose” areas are Cherepovetsky, Kirillovsky, Ust-Kubensky, and Verkhovazhsky and Tarnogsky in the north. Hunting for wild boar is gaining popularity, as due to the warming of the climate wild boars occur not only in the south of the region, but in northern districts year by year as well. According to the latest data, the number of bears, moose and wild boars is growing and, therefore, the limit on the shooting of animals during periods of permitted hunting increases. Many hunting farms specialize in fur animals – hare, fox, wolf, marten.

Nature and especially the water world of Vologda are multifarious for fans of hunting wildfowl. You can hunt with pointing dogs for woodcocks and quails in Vologda region. However hunters successfully procure ducks and geese, partridges, black and wood grouses even without help of dogs. Winter hunting for black grouse on the hole is a very fascinating activity, when hunters do not even shoot birds, but simply admire these big and beautiful breed feeding with buttons on tall branches of a birch.

Summer-autumn hunting for water, swamp-meadow, field fowl and woodcock is carried out from the third Saturday of August to November 15

Hunt for wild boar is carried out in time: all sex and age groups, with the exception of females having an offspring of the current year, from June 1 to December 31, all age and gender groups – from January 1 to February 28 (29).