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The fishermen's paradise: Baranja and its vicinity

Category: Sport | Date: 24.06.2014.

When mentioning Slavonia the first association in connection with it is: wheat. Fields of wheat, barley and rye. We also associate the sunflowers, the rape, the the vineyards of gently sloping areas such as Pozega, Bilje, Erdut, Djakovo and Ilok. Slavonia's nature has something else to hide, especially along the areas east of Osijek, by the Danube and Drava rivers and their backwaters in the Baranya Triangle. Something that is not growing in front of the eye, and lives underwater. Yes, you've guessed it: the lowland areas for freshwater fish what we are talking about. When the fisherman with his own hands deftly pulls them out of the waters of the Danube and the Drava, of the rivers, the lakes, and of the marshes of the dead branches the fish, they are only visible then. This is the harvest of another Slavonic "grain". Not bread is made of it, but delicious fish stew or a number of other very tasty fish specialties.

The residents of Kopácsevo named the area "marsh of Kopački” that was aligned with the water demand of older ages. Until the middle of last century, fishing was allowed, but the Kopački rit Nature Park has introduced significant changes: There is no fishing in the swamp. Fortunately, in Baranja this is not the only wetland area; near here there are several lakes and backwaters also which are abundant in fish: Lake Belje, canal Kopcsi, the old Drava, Alymás, Dead branch of the Danube. Slightly farther From Baranja, about 3 km away from the town center of Našice, there is the artificial lake of Lapovac. This lake has become an important carp fishing destination in recent years. A paradise for anglers, wherever you go, wherever you are.

The fishing has not always been just sports and entertainment, as it is today. Several families livelihood was provided by fishing. in the memory of These fishermen the fishing days are organized, which aim to support the tourism industry and local traditions.

Passing through the park of Kopački meadow, a canal connects the Danube and the Drava. This channel is more suitable for fishing for freshwater fish species. Here on a relatively small area in a day, pikes, catfish, basses, carps, breams can be caught, which are more than enough to produce a good Slavonian spicy fish stew.

Unfortunately, many native fish species have been replaced recently by the fish called "babuska". The rarely caught golden carp is a real trophy. In Croatia the waters around Alymás are the richest in lowland fish species. At the junction of the Danube and Drava there are excellent catfish and zander homes.

Experienced anglers know how to catch lowland fish and what tools are necessary for a successful fishing: rods, reels, nylon, mesh, rod holders, bite indicator, hooks ... They take food, rain coat, washer, balance with them ... they also carry chairs, tables, umbrellas, tents and torches a bag for the accessories, glasses, proper shoes, clothing and mosquito repellents.

For those who just want to try their luck in fishing, to see what are the chances that they catch a fish, it is enough for them to take their good humor and their fishing rod with them. Fortune favors the bold.

If you wish to experience the true passion for competition or would prefer to be an observer only, do not miss the International Fishing Competition in Baranja, which is held each year on Topolje Danube River, near the village of Puskas. In addition to the fun, the event offers food, drinks but its main purpose is to reduce the damage caused by the catfish in Topolje on other Danube fish. The catfish is prone to overpopulate in the region and to threaten other species of fish.

Teams and individual competitors can also participate in the competition for a nominal registration fee. The organizers give awards to three competitors who caught the most and biggest fish. We know that every real fisherman's secret desire is to be the hero of Hemingway's short story, "The Old Man and the Sea". The Baranja waters, canals, ponds are not seas, but the real freshwater fishermen do not care, because the excitement is greater than what they would actually catch. A souvenir photo can be taken before putting the caught fish into a dish or dividing it among friends.

Before you start fishing, you should know:

Fishing is prohibited in the waters of the zoological sanctuary of Kopački meadow.

Recreational fishing is possible at the same time with two accessories: hooks or lures.

Fishing is prohibited everywhere from 1 February to 31 May, during the spawning of fish. With the exception of the Danube basin at the pumping station of the Danube of Vemely at Tikves.

In case an annual fishing license is issued, the following fish can be caught:

  • pike (Esox lucius L.) From February 1 until March 31
  • Perch (Stizostedion lucioperca L.) From March 1 until May 3,
  • Sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus L.) From March 1 until May 31,
  • Carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) April 1 to May 31, - Catfish (Silurus glanis L.) April 16 - June 15.

The minimum size of fish that can be caught:

  • Pike (Esox lucius L.) 40 inches,
  • Perch (Stizostedion lucioperca L.) 40 inches, - Sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus L.) 40 inches,
  • Carp (Cyprinus carpio) 40 inches,
  • Catfish (Silurus glanis L.) 60 inches.

Fishing is prohibited during the mating season of the deer from 25 August until 20 September, in the area between Zlatna Greda and the Tikves Danube.

Each fisherman is required to take their waste with them from the protected area.