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Volga River Fish

Please "Practice Catch and Release" fishing.

"Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once."  -Lee Wulff, 1939.


Predatory fish

European catfish (Silurus glanis). The biggest predator of the Volga. Grows up to 250lb +. 


Asp, russian "Gherekh" (Aspius aspius). Valuable trophy to fly fshing angler. This Volga's fish called "the corsar of " by local anglers. 


Zander, pearch pike (Sander).


Volga zander, russian "bersh" (Stizostedion volgensis). This fish is a unique endemik. It's listed in Red Book of Russia. 

Illustration: Tim Knepp
Northern pike (Esox lucius). It's very well expanded on the Volga river.

Illustration: Lynda Nyman 
Pearch (Perca fluviatilis). It makes a majority of predatory spices of  the Volga.  


Burbot (lota lota).


Sheefish, inconnu, connie, russian "nelma" or "beloribitsa" (Stenodus leucichthys). This a landlocked fish of the Volga river and the Caspian Sea, one of two subspecies (the another one lives in Eurasian and North American rivers of the Arctic basin).


Sturgeon family 


Beluga (Huso huso).  

Russian stгurgeon (Acipenser guldenstadti).

Starred sturgeon (Acipenser stellatus).

Bastard Sturgeon or Ship Sturgeon, russian "ship" (Acipenser nudiventris). 


Sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus).  



Non-predatory fish 


Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Wild carp (Cyprinus carpio). 


Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella).


Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Bream (Abramis brama). 


Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Silver bream or white bream (Blicca bjoerkna).

Blue bream (Abramis ballerus).

White-eye bream (Abramis sapa). 

Illustration: Linda Nyman
Chub (Leuciscus cephalus). 

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Ide (Leuciscus idus).

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus). 

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Roach (Rutilus).

Caspian roach or vobla (Rutiluscaspicus).

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Red-eye (Scardinius erythrophthalmus).

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Sabre fish (Pelecus cultratus).

Gold crucian (Carassius). 

Illustration: Lynda Nyman
Tench (Tinca tinca). 

Common nase (Chondrostoma nasus).




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