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Anglers

Lielupe river basin is rich with its network of water courses - not only the main river, but also its tributaries, lakes, ponds, brooks. Here the fish resources, the varieties, sustainable use and management are a crucial aspect of the whole ecosystem. The most common fish species in the Lielupe are:

  • cyprinids: roach, bream, silver bream, rudd, ide, bleak, chub;
  • predatory fishes: pike, perch, pike-perch;
  • benthic fish: burbot;
  • migratory fishes: vimba, river lampreys.

For angling purposes, the most attractive for outdoor activities are: vimba; bream, pike, chub.

The high value and the indicator of the water quality is the presence of crayfish.

Rules:
There are certain national legal rules which must be followed if you wish to perform angling activities in the river basin. In order to angle in the waters of Latvia, a person must carry a valid angling card in which the given name, surname and personal identity number is indicated, and a personal identification document (showing the given name, surname and personal identity number). In places where licensed angling has been established, a licence shall be required in addition to the angling card.
Municipalities are setting additional local rules which must be followed. Different rules apply to the public water bodies, mainly lakes and ponds.

One also has to follow the regulations with regard to the size and amount of fish caught permitted per day. The spawning season shall also be respected.

Good practice:
Anglers together with environmental specialists are performing different activities to increase the number of fish in the river basin as well as improving the water quality. One of these activities – restoration of the fish spawning grounds by cleaning the river bed from sediments and sludges and by mowing the river banks. In certain cases stone piles are installed in the river to increase turbidity and oxygen conditions. Thus, fish spawning grounds are recovered, the river hydrological regime is improved and the ecosystem is stabilised as well as improving the image of the landscape.