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Spring fish spawning time means several restrictions on fishing


Spring weather certainly attracts fishermen to the water body, however, before going fishing, it is recommended to remind the prohibitions and restrictions in order to avoid going against the law. In addition to the Fishing Rules, also temporary restrictions on fishing should be reviewed.

Many fish species have their spawning time in spring and in order to allow fish to spawn in peace and produce the offspring, the fishing bans have been established. It is very important to follow them, since this is the only way to ensure the fishing opportunities in the future.

Every fisherman must think first and foremost on how not to endanger fish stocks with his or her activities. The fishing restrictions must be clearly adhered to, since these have been established for a certain reason and on the basis of the proposals of the ichthyologists. If they are not complied with and the law is violated, it will result in a fine to compensate for environmental damage.

In addition to regular fishing restrictions, also some new requirements have been established this year. Namely, it is allowed to only use spinning reel, fly hook, and artificial baits for fishing in several river sections, meaning that live-bait fishing is prohibited. Such places include the following places: from the source of the River Avijõgi to the bridge of Vadi, from the source of the River Umbusi to the bridge of Umbusi settlement, from the source of the River Loobu to the barrage of Joaveski, from the source of the River Valgejõgi to the barrage of Kotka, and from the source of the River Pada to the bridge of Pärna village. The goal of the restriction is to protect undersized trout that are greedy to swallow the live bait fixed on the hook and this turns out to be fatal in most cases. Fishing hook penetrates so deep that causes fatal injuries to fish.

Currently, or in spring it should be kept in mind that the pike is not allowed to be caught from the sea from 1 March to 30 April, from Lake Peipus (consisting of Lake Peipsi, Lämmijärv, and Pihkva) from 15 April to 15 May, from Lake Võrtsjärv from 15 March to 30 April, and from other inland waters from 15 March to 10 May.

Zander is not allowed to be caught from Lake Peipus from 6 May to 10 June and from other inland waters from 15 April to 15 June.

The European cisco is allowed to be caught from Lake Peipus only from 21 June to 31 July. The corresponding period for other inland waters is from 2 July to 9 November.

The vimba is not allowed to be caught from the rivers of Kunda, Selja, Loobu, Valgejõe, Jägala, Pirita, Vääna, Keila, Vasalemma, Vihterpalu, Kasari (along with its tributaries), Paadremaa, Audru, Pärnu, Sauga, and Reiu from 10 May to 20 June.

The bream is not allowed to be caught from Lake Peipus from 6 May to 10 June (except for simple handline fishing) and from other inland waters from 1 May to 20 June, except from Lake Võrtsjärv and in the event of simple handline, handline, and bottom line fishing. There is no limit to the bream fishing in Lake Võrtsjärv.

The European flounder is not allowed to be caught from the Gulf of Finland from 15 February to 31 May and from other sea areas from 15 February to 15 May.

The tench is forbidden to be caught from Lake Endla and Sinijärv in the event of all fishing gears from 1 April to 20 July. The European river lamprey is not allowed to be caught from the rivers from 1 March to 30 June.

It is forbidden to catch the species of the sturgeon, the grayling, the asp, and the wels catfish from all water bodies.

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