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Baikal Fishing Tours & Fishing boat cruises

Lake Baikal has 52 different species of fish among which sport fishing interests are grayling, pike and perch. Baikal summer fishing season starts on the 20th of May and lasts until the first snow in october. The geographic area of 30 000 square km with 330 tributaries rivers joining the lake offer a variety of unique fishing opportunities.

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The best fishing experience takes place at the northern basin of Baikal - the part of the lake where there is no way to travel by land. It takes 2-3 days to get to those shores from Irkutsk. Duration of fishing tours varies from 4 to 14 days. Best season is after ice-out, fish roam the shoreline shallows and reefs.

Angling, jigging or mooching - all our fishing tours and charters are a combination of trips to enjoy a complete Baikal fishing experience in a single tour. We offer Grayling / Pike / Purch combo charters. If you plan a Baikal fishing tour, you want an experienced well-seasoned guide. Someone who knows the best time and place to fish. A guide who knows these waters thoroughly. BaikalExplorer has seasoned and friendly Baikal fishing charter captains who will make your Baikal fishing trip a pleasure.
Men fishing from the shore of lake baikal

Fishing near Baikal river outlet

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For 1-2 persons we offer an inflatable 4.5 meters SIB Heavy Duty: camping trips from 2 to 5-7 days. All fishing and camping equipment including tents and sleeping bags is provided.

For bigger groups and/or fishing charters we offer 24-metres long diesel-powered Yartoslavets-class charter boats. You can read more and see the photos of these boats here. We offer Yaroslavets not only because they are perfectly matched to the query we target but because it is nearly the only option of liveaboard available on the lake.

Our boats are kept exceptionally clean and well maintained. They offer full walk-around fishing deck, one shower, toilet, caboose and 2 enclosed heated cabins with 4 sleeping berths in every cabin, for 8 passengers maximum.

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We provide terminal tackle to maximize your success:
 •  All Fly-hooks and Floats
 •  All Weights and Sinkers
 •  Friendly expert instruction
 •  All Safety gear
 •  Clean and Safe vessel

Fishermen shall bring their own light fishing tackle and/or medium-weight spinning gear (rods, reels and lines). Rods: 4.5 - 6.8 kg (10-15 lb.). Reels: for 0.40mm/100m lines (LBS/YDS 12/130). Two types of lines: 0.25mm (6 kg / 13.8 lbs) and 0.40mm (13.5 kg / 30 lbs). Your favorite bucktail jigs, crankbaits and flashy spoons.

Special flyhooks, set of sinkers and float/bob (required for Baikal grayling angling) can be found only in Irkutsk city. You can use jigging to catch grayling and/or any other commercial fish of Baikal. Irkutsk fishery stores offers best selections of fishing tackle and related equipment for fishing in lake Baikal. On arrival day, our service makes a stop at a local fish store en-route to the boat so you can buy additional tackles if you desire.

Baikal fishing hopperhookes for grayling
Fishing spoons and hooks in Lake Baikal     Baikal fishing floats
Lake Baikal - fishing from the stern deck of the boat
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 •  Hiking waterproof boots
 •  Warm jacket, rain gear, warm woolen hat
 •  Mosquito repellent
 •  Polarized sunglasses, sun screen
 •  For those susceptible to motion sickness, taking motion sickness medication is recommended.

Be sure you take everything you need. There are no shops on the lake. The last chance to buy things and tackle is in Irkutsk. Upon your request during the transfer we make special stops at any shops and markets.

Baikal Fish Spawning Season
Taimen (Hucho taimen)
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Grayling (Thymallus arcticus baicalensis)
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Lenok (Brachymystax Lenok Pallas)
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Omul (Coregonus autumnalis migratorius)
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Baikal winter fishing season  Winter season Baikal fishing season - fair  Fair Good Baikal fishing season  Good Peak of Baikal fishing season  Peak

It is forbidden to catch Lenok, Grayling and Taimen during the spawning period: 25 April - 25 June.

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52 species of fishes live in Baikal, 27 of them are endemic (they have not been found anywhere else). Main commercial species of fish are: Omul, Balck grayling, Whitefish. Species included in the RED data books (rare and endangered species) are: Sturgeon, Taimen, Lenok, White Grayling. The endemic species are: Golomyanka, Yellow-wing & Long-wing Sculpin

Baikal Omul (Coregonus autumnalis migratorius)
The average lifetime is 8-10 years, maximum - 25 years. Average weight: 300-350 g / length: 30-35 cm. Maximum weight was 5 kg. The total biomass/weight of omul in Baikal is estimated to be 260000 tones. There are several ways to catch this fish: the 1st and the most popular way is the winter ice fishing. The second and more complicated way is called "na faru". This is a summer night fishing using a torcher. Local people fish with nets all year round.

Baikal Black Grayling (Thymallus arcticus baicalensis)
It is the most common fish, spread all around the lake. It runs near small mountainous rivers inlets and rocky-bottom shores in depths of 30-50 meters. For successful fishing you can try both angling and jigging. Black grayling, as well as Taimen, provide a modest fight and are good to eat when pulled fresh from the lake. Average lifetime: 6-9 years, maximum: 12 years. Average weight: 350-400 g, average length: 35-40 cm. Maximum weight: 1.5 kg., maximum size: 45 cm.

The Baikal White Grayling (Thymallus arcticus brevipinnis)
During Baikal fishing trips, anglers may also find themselves hooked into a mighty Baikal White Grayling that has been cruising the coastline in search of food. Average lifetime 7-10 years. Average weight - 500-600 g., size 40-45 cm. The maximum weight 2-2.5 kg., the maximum size is 50 cm. Lives on sandy soils in depth down to 30-50 meters. Listed in "The Red Data Book of Buryatia". Fishing technique is the same as for black grayling.

The Whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus baicalensis)
Average lifetime: 10-15 years, maximum: 18-20 years. Weight is 500 gr. at the age of 5 years and 3-5 kg at the age of 15 years. Lives where the bottom is sandy in depths down to 200-250 meters.

The Baikal Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii baicalensis) - protected by law
These monstrous fish are extremely strong and display impressive jumps during battle. Its lifetime is more than 60 years. Maximum weight is 120-130 kg at the length of 180 cm. Listed in "The Red Data Book of Russian Federation" and in "The Red Data Book of Buryatia".

Lenok (Brachymystax Lenok Pallas) - protected by law
Inhabit large, fast flowing, shallow and cold rivers. Its average weight is 2-3 kg, length can be up to 1 meter (40 inches); Average length is between 40 to 65 cm (16 to 25 inches). Main food: insects (aquatic and terrestrial), caddis, mayflies, mice, small fish. For fishing we use light fly tackle, mice patterns, streamers, hoppers, floating lures.

Pike (Esox lucius Linnaeus)

Perch (Perca fluviatilis Linnaeus)
Perch and huge Pike fishing is best at Chivirkuysky Gulf.

Baikal Black Grayling

Black Grayling fishing

Baikal Lenok

Baikal Lenok fishing

Lenok - north part of lake Baikal

Baikal Lenok fishing
Taimen (Hucho taimen) - protected by law
The wolrd's largest freshwater species of the salmon family. It lives in large rivers and tributaries of lake Baikal. Main food of Taimen: rodents, lemmings, mammals, birds, mice, smaller fish. Lifetime - more than 50 years. The maximum weight is 90-100 kg., the maximum length is about 200 cm. Listed in "The Red Data Book of Buryatia". Taimen inhabit the very north of lake Baikal. Successful fishing requires at least one day of searching around. Heavy tackle and a mice on a hook are used for fishing. Best Baikal fishing seasons are May/June and September/October. Spawns in May.

Other fish like eel-pout, ide (Leuciscus idus), roach (Rutilus rutilus), dace (Leuciscus leuciscus), minnow, bream inhabit warm shallow bays and gulfs of Baikal.

If accidentally caught, these species must be immediately and carefully returned to the water:
Lenok, Taimen, Sturgeon

arrow  Whether you are a seasoned angler or a novice, we will work hard to see that you savor the same pleasure and thrill. We will give all our effort to put you on fish and make your Baikal fishing holiday successful. Contact us to book the best season for your Baikal fishing vacation. We will be glad to answer all your questions. Baikal lenok fishing dinner made by the boat cook and served at the stern deck
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