Kola Peninsula in Autumn
To the far north of Russia there is a place called the “Kola Peninsula. It’s rugged, it’s wild, and it’s astoundingly beautiful. It is here on the rocky shores of the peninsula that the movie “Leviathan”, a Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film
The Vast Wilderness of Kola Peninsula
It is here where the Sami reindeer herders still roam the vast wilderness living a life of nomads. It is here where the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, was established in 1932 to protect the population of Common Eider, it is organized in thirteen clusters located in the Kandalaksha Gulf of the Kola Peninsula and along the coasts of the Barents Sea. Here is a fisherman’s paradise.
A Fisherman’s Paradise
Amongst all this beauty lies several rivers, Ponoy, the Varzuga, theUmba, the Teriberka, the Voronya, and the Yokanga. Most of the rivers on the Kola Peninsula are small but fast-moving with many rapids. It is here were some of the best fishing in all of Russia occurs. It is within these waters Twenty-nine species of fresh water fish can be found within the territory of peninsula, including trout, stickleback, northern pike, and European perch. The rivers are an important habitat for the Atlantic salmon, which return from Greenland and the Faroe Islands to spawn in fresh water. As a result of this, a recreational fishery has been developed, with a number of remote lodges and camps available to host sport-fishermen.
Best Fishing in Russia – Litza River
So were do you find the best fishing in Russia? It’s here on the Litza river which has been proclaimed as simply being the best salmon river in the world. The river is characterized by it’s massive boulders, gorgeous pools, and fast running rapids. The river itself is a challenging one, which may provide the reason for the extraordinary size and power of the Litza Salmon.
With just 9km of Salmon water between the impassable Litza Falls and the sea – these are not your typical gravel-bottomed spawning grounds. It is theorized that the big broad tails, typical of Litza Salmon, holds the genetic recipe to their success, being a prerequisite to gouge out a spawning bed amidst the stones. Whatever the reason may be, the average size of Litza Salmon is without question. See more here.
A few facts about the Litza Salmon:
- Largest 3 Litza salmon – 42, 38, 37 pounds
- There were 49 salmon landed over 30 pounds (Kharlovka and Litza rivers) in one season
- 20.3% of the salmon were over 20+ pounds
- Largest 3 salmon in the last 10 years 47.5, 47, 46 pounds.
The Umba River
Umba is one of the largest deep rivers of the Kola Peninsula, which lies in a pool of tectonic fractures in on the south side of the Kola Peninsula. Source of the river Umba comes from the south-western extremity of Umbozero located between the Khibiny and Lovozero tundra. The river flows from north to south and empties into the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea . The river runs the length of 123 km.
This beautiful full-flowing river flows all year long and never freezes over. The rapids on this river are very powerful with Sёmga (red fish like salmon) coming almost throughout the entire year. The majority of fish that are being pulled out weigh from 3 to 6 kg. Fishing season on Umba runs from May to October. The larger salmon run from late August which weigh from 5 to 10 kg and above. Besides catching salmon in the river – trout, grayling, whitefish, and pike. In odd years starting at the end of June to the end of July a large number of pink salmon come to spawn on the river. See more here.
The Varzuga River
Varzuga – a river in the south of the Kola Peninsula. Proceeds from the central part of the peninsula to the south. It flows into the White Sea. Length – 254 km, the basin area – 9840 square kilometers. In the middle and lower reaches Varzuga porozhista.Berёt start in a swampy area of the central part of the Kola Peninsula, at an altitude of 189 meters above sea level. In the upper reaches it is called the Little Varzuga. Small Varzuga passes through Lake Varzuga has inflow and Vargovy Varzim, after which the river is called the Big Varzuga. At an altitude of about 146 meters the river passes 1.5 km from the other major river Strelna. The largest is called the threshold Padun and has three waterfalls. The river snow, spring floods raised water levels to 2-2.5 m. The rivers flow into the river Varzuga Pan heel Kochkoma Voenga, Krivets, Yap, Melga, Serga, Kica and others. On the river, more than three dozen rapids among They Revuy, Yuziya, Small Retun, embed the room, boiler room, Tyuverenga, Yapomsky, Arengsky, Sechetinsky, Oraliha, Bear, Serezhny, Studentsov, Porokushka, Canine, Koyturgov, Kletnoe and Marine. In the lower reaches, near the mouth of the river there are several islands, the largest of them, and Wichai Kuryi Sigovets. Most of the river lies within the Arctic Circle. Fishing on the river Varzuga interesting from the end of May and the first half of summer. It is very popular among rybakov.Lovitsya successful small and medium salmon weighing from 2 to 6 kg.
The Pana River
The Pana river the largest tributary of the Varzuga river which originates in the central part of the Kola Peninsula, south of Umbozero and Lovozero. The river empties into the river Pan indels. This is a very beautiful river which is very remote from civilization, this shallow river flows by magnificently wooded shores. Fishing on the Pana river is probably the most interesting during the first half of the summer, most of the salmon are weighing in at 2 to 6 kg.
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