Fishing… right here in Wielkopolska! Each angler has their favourite spots where there is always a good catch! But there are also those for whom the most important thing is simply standing in or near water – and over an air hole in winter.
Wielkopolska lakes are a paradise for anglers. Surrounded by forests or fields, they create a great opportunity of experiencing a true contact with nature, watching birds and forest animals. However, some prefer rivers. Well, the grayling can only be caught in the Gwda river. There is also an offer especially for those who prefer more comfort – special fishery spots. However, this is not the same as a direct contact with nature.
Selected best places for fishing in Wielkopolska:
• The Warta river– the river floes for 369 km within the borders of the Wielkopolskie Province. The Warta river is becoming ever cleaner and rich in oxbow lakes. A popular spot for anglers who have a boat at their disposal is Jeziorsko reservoir (4230 hectares), between the Warta and Dobra rivers. The river abounds in, among other species, breams, roaches, barbels, pikes, ides, sheat-fish, eels, chubs and zartes. You can also encounter anglers in the area of Poznań, Wronki and Sieraków.
• The Noteć river – is a large and calm river, rich in breams, sheat-fish, zanders, pikes, asps, etc. You can encounter anglers in the area of Ujście (the Gwda river flows into the Noteć here) as well as in the meadows adjoining the Noteć river as far as to Nakło nad Notecią.
• The Gwda river – Anglers often fish graylings here, especially south of Lędyczek. A popular place for fishing is also the Jastrowski and Koszycki reservoir (104 hectares). There are many breams in the river and with a bit of luck you can also catch a carp, a crucian, a burbot or an eel. You can also count on roaches, white breams and beautiful chubs. When it comes to predators, perches and pikes are most numerous.
• Sierakowsko-Międzychodzkie Lake District – located between Pniewy, Sieraków and Międzychód – it is being called the land of a hundred lakes. The area is located within the Sierakowski Landscape Park. Jaroszewskie Lake (92 hectares, maximum depth of 36 meters) and Lutomskie Lake (174 hectares, maximum depth of 15 meters) are especially famous. Both of them boast the majority of fish species interesting for anglers: perches, roaches, tenches, breams, pikes, eels. Large breams (up to 3 kilos) and roaches are an important attraction of these lakes. You can also fish in winter. In Lutomskie Lake you have a good chance of fishing perches from the ice-covered water. Also the nearby lakes: Winnagóra, Tuczno, Radogoskie, Lubiwiec, Koleńskie, Bielskie, Belisz as well as Białokoskie Lake are very attractive for anglers. You can find there most of the species interesting for anglers: carps, tenches, breams, eels, pikes and zanders.
• Powidz Landscape Park:
Powidzkie Lake (1036 hectares, maximum depth of 46 meters) – this body of water is located within the Gnieźnieńskie Lake District north of Słupca. The lake has water purity class II and a very varied shoreline. It abounds in lavarets, whitefish, pikes, tenches, sheat-fish, eels, perches and zanders. There is a lot to choose from and no angler should complain about boredom. The lake has a private leaseholder. You can pay the fee in Powidz, in a fisherman’s hut. You can also buy fishing permits in “Rymbar” farm in Powidz (ul. Strzałkowska, tel. 063 277 61 31, mobile: 604 272 670).
Skorzęcin Lake (641.3 hectares, maximum depth of 20 meters) – a great lake for fishing from a boat. There are numerous pikes and perches and whitefish. There are many holiday and leisure centres near the lake so there will be no problems with finding accommodation. You can purchase a fishing permit in J.M.B. Grzybowscy Fish Farm (Skorzęcin 44, tel. 063 277 01 07).
• Leszczyńskie Lake District – is an area between the Warta and Odra rivers. Several dozens bodies of water and the Obra river are situated on this area. The most interesting fishing spots include:
Lgiń Duży Lake (68.6 hectares, maximum depth of 16.9 meters) – a bream-inhabited lake. Apart from the bream, you can also find carps and grass carps. When it comes to predators, perches and pikes are most numerous and they often reach impressive sizes.
Boszkowskie Lake (51.2 hectares, maximum depth of 2.5 meters) – the reservoir is a shallow basin, with very gentle slopes and an even bottom. The bottom is composed of clay and peat, in its part where the water flows from Dominickie Lake it is strongly silted. It is a lake with numerous tenches and pikes but actually breams and carps dominated here. There are also some eels and zanders; however, the sheat-fish is an undisputed king of the lake.
• Krzywińskie Lake District
Cichowo Lake (108 hectares, maximum depth of 17 meters) – belongs to the fishing type of whitefish-inhabited lakes. However, the features of the lake do not favour the subsistence of this species. Significant declivities of the bottom and shallow areas create perfect conditions for the existence of many species of fish. The lake abounds in eels, pikes, tenches, rudds and perches.
Wonieść Lake (120 hectares, maximum depth of 14.5 meters) – is a bream-type lake. Apart from the bream, the species which dominates among the non-predators, there are also tenches, roaches, white breams, rudds and bleaks. When it comes to predators, eels and zanders dominate. And a truly macabre piece of information: in 2007, anglers caught 4 piranias in the lake!
• Kórnicko–Zaniemyskie Lakes – situated between Kórnik and Zaniemyśl. Kórnickie Lake (82 hectares, maximum depth of 6 meters) and Bnińskie Lake (226 hectares, maximum depth of 8.5 meters) are popular also because of their vicinity to Poznań and Śrem. These lakes are a true kingdom of zander, but also other species of white and predator fish can be caught. There is a well-developed accommodation infrastructure around the lakes.
• Lakes in Wielkopolski National Park – Wielkopolski National Park is located 20km south of Poznań between Stęszewo, Mosina and Luboń. Three out of 12 lakes in this beautiful post-glacial landscape are accessible for anglers: Łódzko-Dymaczewskie Lake (120 hectares, maximum depth of 12 meters) – the most valuable fish species in the lake include the zander, the pike, the perch, the bream, the sheat-fish and the roach. In Łódź near Stęszew you can use the fishing site. The facility is supervised by "Grunwald" Regional Board of the Polish Fishing Association - tel. 061813 43 76. The site is open every day from May 1st until October 28th from 6.00 until 20.00. It has fishing boats and accommodation with parking lots at its disposal. You can buy a fishing permit on the area of Wielkopolski National Park.
Witobelskie Lake (105.8 hectares, maximum depth of 5.4 meters) – is a lake with similar ichtyological features to Łódzko-Dymaczewskie Lake. The permits can be bought in the seat of Wielkopolski National Park (Jeziory, tel. 061813 22 06) or at Polish Fishing Association regional boards.
Chemęcicko-Rosnowskie Lake (34 hectares, maximum depth of 10 meters) – rich in breams, perches, roaches, pikes and sheat-fish. Near the lake there is the only camping site together with a car park located within the area of the Park.
Note: Each angler should possess a Fishing Card (with the exception of foreigners and persons below the age of14). After paying the fee (annual, for several days or a daily fee) for management and protection of waters, you can fish without any obstacles. There are separate regulations concerning the waters of Fish Farms and Companies and the so-called private fishing sites. In each fishing region there is a possibility of buying a permit for all water bodies. In fishing shops situated in the area you can also purchase permits for the nearby water bodies.