TextThe unique Nemunas Delta with its major branches Atmata and Skirvytė surrounds the island of Rusnė (http://www.nemunodelta.lt/20949/home.html). There are also old river beds and water channels. The most popular fishing spots are the Nemunas Delta Regional Park rivers: Skirvytė, Atmata, Pakalnė, Upaitis and the lower reaches of the Minija river. Here you can find about 50 fish species. Special regulations apply to fishing in the Nemunas Delta Regional Park. To engage in fishing activities, you must purchase a special fishing licence, which can be easily obtained in most supermarkets or bigger shops.
The Nemunas Delta is one of the most popular fishing sites in Lithuania and provides various tourism services. You can find a variety of accommodation possibilities in all price ranges, from camping sites to luxury apartments in hotels. Alternatively, you might consider renting a room in a rural tourism homestead on the banks of a river.
If you are not familiar with fishing in the area, we recommend hiring a guide. You can find all the local fishing guides right here. If you want to try pike, pikeperch or perch fishing from a boat instead of wading or fishing from the riverbank, it is possible to hire a small boat for a day – find more info here. If you need fishing gear, visit the local shops.
Angling seasons/closed seasons
Fishing for European smelt starts in early spring during the spawning migration period in the Nemunas Delta rivers. It is only a short period, typically from March to April, when many locals are fishing smelt from the riverbank.
It is prohibited to fish for the following species in the Nemunas Delta in the specified periods:
- Pike (Esox Lucius) from 1 February to 20 April
- Pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) from 1 March to 20 May
- Bream (Abramis brama) from 20 April to 20 May
- Burbot (Lota lota) from 15 December to 15 January
- Aspius (Aspius aspius) from 1 April to 15 May
- Vimba (Vimba vimba) from 15 May to 15 June
- Catfish (Silurus glanis) from 1 November to 1 April
See more about angling seasons here.
More information on closed seasons can be found here: http://www.am.lt/VI/article.php3?article_id=6433
Fishing from a boat for predators is very popular (for pikeperch, pike and perch); jigging, trolling and bottom fishing are the most effective methods. The most popular fishing technique to catch bream, roach and silver bream is using feeders (less popular is float fishing). Ice fishing is possible mostly only on the lower reaches of the Minija river.
The most important fish species and those most appreciated by anglers of the Nemunas Delta are pikeperch, pike, perch, bream, roach, silver bream, asp, chub, rudd, smelt and burbot.
Rules and regulations
Fishing is limited in the Nemunas Delta Regional Park. To engage in fishing activity, you must comply with these conditions:
- Fishing is permitted year-round under the amateur fishing regulations.
- It is permitted to catch no more than 7 kg total weight of fish on one fishing trip.
- From 20 April to 20 May, all bream caught must be returned immediately to the water.
General rules and regulations for fishing in Lithuania are available here: http://www.am.lt/VI/en/VI/index.php#a/238
Fishing permits (L10) can be purchased through the environmental permit system (ALIS) and electronic services for individuals and legal entities (http://alis.am.lt/). Authorizations can also be obtained through Olifėja (Perl/winnings) terminals, with the authorization code 10 10 82.
Persons under 16 years of age, those older than 62 and disabled persons have the right to fish for free when in the possession of ID.
Other things to see when you visit the region
For inspiration on other things to do besides fishing, you can visit the official local tourism website: http://siluteinfo.lt/en/