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Fishing in Ukraine

The sheatfish weighing 86 kg and if the length of 2,6 meters was fished recently in the waters of Severskiy Donets River in Donetsk Region.

The fisher spent about an hour on the depth of 7 meters trying to pull the fish out of the water. For three years Artem Melnichuk has been engaged in underwater fishing as a hobby. But such a lucky fishing has happened for the first time in his experience. The age of the caught sheatfish is about 20-25 years. Fish of such a big size is more typical for deep waters of Dnipro, but for Severskiy Donets it was a record.

Severskiy Donets is the forth largest River in Ukraine and the source of fresh water for most of the cities of the Eastern Ukraine. It flows through Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions, and also through Byelorussia and Rostov region of Russia.

Sheatfish is the largest of all predators that can be found in water bodies of Ukraine. It has elongated body covered by fine scales and a big head. His food are mostly small fish, shellfish and shrines. The maximum age of a sheatfish is 25-35 years.

In the end of 30th the producers’ artel fished out sheatfishes above 300 kg and the length of 5 meters. Now such specimens are not found any more.

There are 41 types of fish in Severskiy Donets. The most spread are perch, roach, rudd – among small types, and among the large - bream, pike-perch, sheatfish and pike.

















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