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What are the best fishing spots in the Danube Delta?

For anybody who comes to the Danube Delta, fishing, if not the main goal of the trip, is definitely on their mind. And there are good reasons for that. There are hundreds of lakes, swamps and canals of all sizes that offer the right conditions for a fantastic holiday trying to catch the most sought after prey.

[adsense]Finding out what the best places for fishing is at least a little tricky because there is water and fish everywhere and simply casting the rod you’re guaranteed to catch something.  Asking the experienced local fishermen however will point you to the right direction and you’ll know precisely where you can capture your favorite trophy.

Here are just a couple of places where people have told me they managed to capture impressive amount of fish:

Caraorman and the surrounding lakes and canals.

From Caraorman, you can easily access some of the richest lakes in the Danube Delta: Puiu, Lumina, Puiulet and Chirilova. They are less than half an hour boat ride from the village. From one account, this is where you can catch pikes and perches so easily that you don’t always need sophisticated equipments.  Simple rods could easily do the trick.

The canals in this area offer plenty of opportunities. Generally, fish such as the rapacious carp, perch and bream, prefer the places where two canals of various streams meet. Where the water flows gently, there’s a good chance you will catch large carp specimens.

Some of the canals you can check are Litcov, Vatafu, Puiu-Rosu, Puiulet-Lumina, and Puiulet-Rotund.

Sfantu Gheorghe Canal

[adsense]This is one probably the most beautiful of the three main canals of the Danube. You can simply fish right on the canal, or head for the surrounding lakes and canals. You can check out the Uzlina canal and the lake with the same name. It is about 2 meters deep and offers great fishing possibilities, but you’ll have to compete with the huge pelican colony that regularly dines here.

Still on the left side, you can access the Ierenciuc Lake through a small canal with the same name. From the shape of the lake, I suspect that a few centuries ago, it was an actual part of the Sfantu Gheorghe channel.

To the south, there are a number of canals that lead either to the Razim Lake, the largest in Romania, or the Dranov Lake. Such are the Lipovenilor, Dranov or the Dunavat canals.

Mila 23

Surrounded by water and experienced fishermen, there is no chance you’re leaving Mila 23 without eating the traditional fish soup (Bors de peste) that they prepare here. This village is great if you want to prove yourself by fishing in the nearby Fortuna, Trei Iezere or Ligheanca lakes.

But whatever you do, please make sure you don’t spoil the water lilies that cover the waters in this place.

So there you go, I just gave you a few great ideas. Of course, these aren’t the only fishing spots, but the possibilities are endless.  Just make sure that you familiarize yourself with the fishing restrictions and never go overboard. Let’s keep this place wild.

If you’re going to check out any of these places, I’d love to hear about it. And better yet, do send me a picture with your trophy! 😀

Have fun!

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How Can You Make The Most of Your Danube Delta Holiday?

Danube Delta is probably the last truly wild place in Europe, a stretch of land and water that offers a comfortable place to live to an incredible diverse wildlife and an incredible spectacle of nature to visitors. With over three hundred and twenty species of birds and 1500 species of fish, it has one of the biggest bio-diversities in the world.

[adsense]Because not many people yet know about it, the Danube Delta offers a rare opportunity for a true nature passionate to spend a few days in the middle of what could easily be called Paradise.

Being chosen as the “Landscape of the year 2007-2009” by The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, there are plenty of nature-related activities you can choose to spend your time with.

Take a Bird Watching Tour

Danube Delta is an El-Dorado for the true birdwatchers. Nowhere in the world will you see so many species of birds crowded all together in a small place. You will find here over half of the world’s population of cormorants and the largest population of pelicans.

[adsense]You will also have the pleasure to see the winter and summer swan, the white tailed eagle, wild ducks and geese, cranes, egrets, spoon bills, red neck geese, eastern flossy ibis, white, gray, yellow and red herons, bald coots, Dobrudjan hawks, storks, and many flamingo birds.

To go on a bird watching trip, you can either to book a trip with one of the many specialized agencies here, or you can simply choose to hire one of the locals to take you on a private boat ride. Usually, the second choice will be the most interesting because the locals know the best places to visit and they have many entertaining stories to complete the picture.

You can read more about birdwatching in Danube Delta here.

Spend the Day Fishing

Fishing in the Danube Delta
Fishing in the Danube Delta

Fishing is one of the most popular activities here. With over 1500 species of fish, this place is the favorite place for many recreational fishermen to spend their holydays. Among the fish you can catch here, you’ll have the surprise to see the great sturgeon, the catfish, carp, pike and a whole lot more.

Now, at the end of the day, to celebrate a great day of fishing, somebody should prepare the traditional fish soup, or ‘bors de peste’. Again, a local will do it best. Trust me; you won’t eat anything like this anywhere else! It is simply delicious!

Relax on the Wild Beaches

Ah, yes… The beaches… If you want to catch a tan and also have some privacy, the 30 km stretch of wild beach between Sulina and Sf. Gheorghe is just perfect. There are no people anywhere near and you will most like have the chance to see the only pack of wild horses in Europe roaming around.

And if you feel particularly romantic, take your partner for a pleasant night walk on the beach! Out here, in the wild, you’ll see the night sky better than ever. There are so many stars out there, that some will start falling al around you. Start making wishes 😉

If you want a combination of wild and modern, then Gura Portitei is the place to go. It is a modern beach resort that has all the rustic and wild elements that make the Danube Delta the unique place it is.

Sulina's Beach
Sulina's Beach

The largest city in Danube Delta is Sulina. It’s got a great history and in the 19th and early 20th century it was the headquarter of the European Commission of the Danube, an early precursor of the European Union. It was one of the most cosmopolite cities in Europe at the time and the legacy of those days can still be seen today. If you happen to have a dink with an old local, make sure to ask him about the pirates that used to raid this place a century ago. The stories are great!

Indulge Yourself in the Many Cultural Activities Available

Being at the crossroads of many cultures, there is also an incredible ethnic diversity in Danube Delta. Each of the nationalities living here, the Romanians, Ukrainians, Lipovans, Armenian, Greeks, Turks and many more, have their own unique traditions which they celebrate during various festivals.

Anonimul Film Festival
Anonimul Film Festival

Recently, the International Independent Film Festival “Anonimul” has become the most important event in the region. It takes place every year in Sfantu Gheorghe and it brings together big names in the movie industry, from Romania and the whole Europe.