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Fishing in Bulgaria

The richness of local lakes, rivers, and the sea makes Bulgaria an excellent place for fishermen

Best time: March–November (coast) | June 6–April 15 (lakes)

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It is natural that in a country where all kinds of fish are found in lakes and rivers, there is an increased interest in fishing. However, everyone who wants to go fishing must acquire a Bulgarian Forestry Administration license.

In Bulgaria, there are 105 different water reservoirs where you can fish. Bulgarian mountain rivers are full of bream, pike, carp, and trout, while the waters of the Danube boast stellate sturgeon, carp, and pike-perch are found. There are also small rivers, where you can find more rare fish species like chub, podost, and madder. Crayfish are often found in river creeks.

The Black Sea waters in the local regions are rich in tuna, lufarya, pelamids, and the Black Sea mackerel. From the shore, you can catch hamsa and haddock. There is also a chance to catch flounder or pelagus.

The best season to fish in the Black Sea runs from spring to fall when the fish come to shore. The fishing season in Bulgaria's lakes like Bourgas and rivers like Fakiyska or Rapotamo runs from June 6th till April 15th. Anglers are offered many amenities for accommodation right on the shore of lakes—various private hotels, guest houses, small hotels, etc.

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What kind of fish can be found in the Bulgarian mountain rivers?

Bream, pike, carp, and trout are commonly found in Bulgarian mountain rivers, especially during the spring season. Anglers can easily attract these fish with a well-presented fly as they are typically abundant. Bulgarias' mountainous river habitats boast some of the best fishing experiences to satisfy any fishing enthusiast's adventure cravings, making it a great destination for anglers. Show more

When is the best time to fish in the Black Sea in Bulgaria?

The Black Sea of Bulgaria is teeming with fish species such as tuna, lufarya, pelamids, black sea mackerel, flounder, and pelagus. Between spring and fall seasons are the best times to go fishing, during which these fish species come closer to the shore. For the ultimate experience, brave fishing enthusiasts can take dips into the Black Sea while they cast their lines.. Show more

What is the process to acquire a Bulgarian Forestry Administration fishing license?

Obtaining a fishing license, provided by the Bulgarian Forestry Administration, involves submitting an application and an administrative fee at an office. Applicants must also provide an ID photo and a medical certificate from a GP. Foreigners must apply with a passport and translation in Bulgarian. The license is valid throughout Bulgaria's waters and is provided for one-day or one year, with prices varying on area and duration. Show more

Where are the best places to stay for fishing in Bulgaria's lakes?

Anglers looking to fish in Bulgaria's over 100 spots can find a range of accommodation options. Accommodation options vary from private hotels to small hotels and guesthouses near the water. Ideal locations depend on the type of fish species one wishes to catch. The selection is vast, with the Bourgas lake offering numerous convenient guesthouses, private hotels, and small hotels in the adjacent towns. Show more

What are some of the rare fish species found in small Bulgarian rivers?

Chub, madara, and podust are some of the rare fish species in Bulgarian small rivers also populated by Crayfish in river creeks. Apart from the common types of fish found in larger rivers, these rare species create a sense of adventure for anglers. To experience the thrill of catching these fish species, anglers must venture into the lesser-known rivers and creeks in Bulgaria. Show more

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