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RECREATIONAL FISHING RULES

2009-10-07

RECREATIONAL FISHING RULES

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

The Rules shall not apply to private reservoirs and ponds.
As regards other private water bodies, these Rules shall apply to the extent provided in the Description of the Procedure for Fishing in Private Water Bodies approved by Order No D1-639 of the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania of 14 December 2004.
When organising and conducting licensed fishing, these Rules shall apply to the extent provided in the Description of the Procedure for Organising and Conducting Licensed Fishing approved by Order No D1-75 of the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania of 10 February 2005. In protected areas, amateur fishing shall be additionally regulated by management and environmental management plans of such areas as well as individual protection regulations.
II. DEFINITIONS

The following terms are used in these Rules:
‘Amateur fishing gear’ means any tools intended for attracting and catching fish, the main element of which is a fish hook or hooks (the number thereof provided for in the Rules shall not be exceeded), as well as crayfish trap nets or dip nets, or dip nets for taking bait or fish out of water, and underwater fishing tackle;
‘Amateur fishing method' means a method of fishing when fish are attracted using natural or artificial bait as well as catching of crayfish using crayfish trap nets or dip nets, catching of fish for bait, and underwater fishing when fish are caught using underwater guns;
‘Prohibited fishing gear’ means electrical fishing devices, long-lines, spears, trap nets and non-amateur fishing nets;
‘Prohibited methods of fishing’ means fishing using electrical energy, poisonous or explosive substances, firearms or airguns (except underwater fishing guns), scuba and other self-contained breathing apparatus, as well as fishing using pricking, hooking (when fish are caught by embedding hooks or crooks in any part of the fish body except the head), striking or any other non-amateur fishing device.

III. AMATEUR FISHING REGULATIONS

An amateur fisherman fishing in inland water bodies and the Curonian Lagoon can simultaneously use a maximum of 5 trap nets or dip nets for catching crayfish or lampreys and 4 other amateur fishing tools. The total number of hooks used simultaneously shall not exceed 6, except in the Curonian Lagoon where the total number of hooks for catching smelt can reach 12. A double or triple hook shall be considered as one hook.
A maximum of 5 amateur fishing tools can be used simultaneously when fishing in the Baltic Sea. The total number of simultaneously used hooks shall not exceed 15.
It is allowed to catch 1 salmon (in the Baltic Sea), sea trout (in the Baltic Sea) or European Wels, a maximum of 3 brown trout, eels, asps or barbell, a maximum of 5 burbot, pikeperch, whitefish, pike, chubs, cod, turbot (the total number of fish referred to in this paragraph shall not exceed 5), 15 cod and a maximum of 50 crayfish (except spiny-cheek and signal crayfish, the quantity and size of which is not limited) per day. The total weight of a permitted daily catch of fish not indicated in this paragraph shall not exceed 5 kg, 7 kg in the Curonian Lagoon, and 15 kg in the Baltic Sea, excluding the weight of the last caught fish and except in cases when the weight of one fish is higher than the standard referred to in this paragraph. The catch shall not include fish that are released alive back into a water body immediately after being caught.
Amateur fishermen shall be allowed to catch small fish and Chironomidae larvae using one dip net for catching bait, which shall not be larger than 1 metre in diameter, and the mesh size shall not be larger than 10 mm. One fisherman is allowed to catch a maximum of 50 crucian carp, roach, perch and other species of juvenile fish per day, except predatory and protected fish.
The following activities shall be prohibited:
Use of animals included in the List of Invasive Species of Lithuania approved by Order No D1-433 of the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania of 16 August 2004;
Conduct of underwater fishing during the dark part of the day, i.e. from sunset to sunrise, as well as shooting of fish using guns intended for underwater fishing from a boat, when wading or walking along the shore.
It shall be prohibited to fish:
without an amateur fishing licence, except for persons who have free fishing rights;
using prohibited fishing gear or methods;
using longer than 20 cm pieces of rubber fixed to amateur fishing gear;
noble crayfish and narrow-clawed crayfish using fishing gear or methods other than trap nets or dip nets for catching crayfish;
grayling, brown trout, sea trout and salmon using natural bait;
in fish ladders (special equipment helping fish migrate through a dam), near dams and closer than 100 m from them;
in inland water bodies from 1 January to 20 April using a small fish as bait (this prohibition shall not apply to fishing in the Curonian Lagoon);
salmon and sea trout from 15 August to 31 October within a smaller than 0.5 km radius of the mouth of the Šventoji River and 0.5 km radius of the northern and southern ends of Klaipėda seaport piers in the Baltic Sea;
all year round in the water bodies listed in Annex 1;
in the rivers listed in Annex 2 from 1 October to 31 December;
in the rivers or sections thereof listed in Annex 3 without licences issued according to the established procedure from 16 September to 15 October;
in the rivers or sections thereof listed in Annex 3 from 16 October to 31 December.
It shall be prohibited to catch:
the following fish species:
nase (Chondrostoma nasus L.);
loach (Misgurnus fossilis L.);
Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus L.);
brook lamprey (Lampetra planeri Bloch.) and their ammocoete larvae;
other water animals included in the Red Book of Lithuania if no licences have been issued for fishing them;
the following fish in inland water bodies without licences issued according to the established procedure:
salmon (Salmo salar L.) all year round;
sea trout(Salmo trutta trutta L.) all year round;
whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus L.) all year round;
river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis L.) all year round;
smaller than:
salmon (Salmo salar L.) 60 cm;
European Wels(Silurus glanis L.) 75 cm;
sea trout (Salmo trutta trutta L.) 60 cm;
asp (Aspius aspius L.) 52 cm;
burbot (Lota lota L.):
in the Curonian Lagoon ─ 49 cm;
in other water bodies ─ 40 cm;
barbell (Barbus barbus L.) 47 cm;
pikeperch (Stizostedion lucioperca L.) 46 cm;
pike (Esox lucius L.) 45 cm;
grayling (Thymallus thymallus L.) 29 cm;
brown trout (Salmo trutta fario L.) 30 cm;
vimba (Vimba vimba L.) 28 cm;
chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.) 25 cm;
cod (Leuciscus idus L.) 28 cm;
tench (Tinca tinca L.) 25 cm;
noble crayfish(Astacus astacus L.) 10 cm;
narrow-clawed crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus L.) 10 cm.
The size of fish shall be measured from the tip of the snout to the extreme end of the tail fin and that of crayfish from the tip of the head to the end of its stretched out tail;
The following fish and crayfish during the indicated periods:
pike (Esox lucius L.) from 1 February to 20 April;
pikeperch (Stizostedion lucioperca L.) from 1 March to 20 May;
asp (Aspius aspius L.) from 1 April to 15 May;
grayling (Thymallus thymallus L) from 1 March to 15 May;
brown trout (Salmo trutta fario L.) from 1 October to 31 December;
whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus L.) from 1 October to 31 December;
turbot (Scopthalmus maximus L.) from 1 May to 31 July;
burbot (Lota lota L.) from 15 December to 15 January;
bream (Abramis brama L.) from 20 April to 20 May. In water bodies located within the territory of Nemunas Delta Regional Park;
vimba (Vimba vimba L.) from 15 May to 15 June;
noble and narrow-clawed crayfish from 15 October to 15 July.
Underwater fishing shall be allowed in the following public water bodies:

 

No

 

 

Name of Water body

 

 

District

 

 

Area, ha

 

 

Lake No

 

 

Comments

 

 

1.

 

 

Alaušas

 

 

Utena

 

 

1,072.8

 

 

31-24

 

 

 

 

2.

 

 

Antalieptė

 

 

Hydropower

 

 

Plant pond

 

 

Zarasai

 

 

1,572.3

 

 

 

 

Except recreational areas

 

 

3.

 

 

Asveja

 

 

Molėtai, Švenčionys

 

 

978.2  

 

 

42-109 

 

 

Underwater fishing is allowed in the area from the Dubingiai bridge to                                 the Žingiai bridge, except recreational areas

 

 

4.

 

 

Baltieji Lakajai

 

 

Molėtai

 

 

699.8  

 

 

43-118

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

Didžiulis (Daugai)

 

 

Alytus

 

 

912.7  

 

 

56-63

 

 

 

 

6.

 

 

Drūkšiai

 

 

Zarasai

 

 

3,204.9

 

 

33-7   

 

 

In the part of the lake within the territory of the Republic of Lithuania

 

 

7.

 

 

Galuonai

 

 

Molėtai

 

 

591.5  

 

 

43-214

 

 

 

 

8.

 

 

Sartai

 

 

Rokiškis, Zarasai

 

 

1,336.8

 

 

20-76  

 

 

Except recreational areas

 

 

9.

 

 

Siesartis

 

 

Molėtai

 

 

503.6  

 

 

42-57

 

 

 

 

10.

 

 

Vištytis

 

 

Vilkaviškis

 

 

 

 

53-30  

 

 

In the part of the lake within the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, except recreational areas

 

 

11.

 

 

Littoral

 

 

part of the Baltic Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All the above prohibitions shall apply both on the first and the last day of the indicated period.
Tenants and fishing area users may allow underwater fishing in lakes and reservoirs leased by them or lakes and reservoirs for which licences to use fishing areas have been issued, including the above in the terms and conditions of the licence.

 Annexes of fishing rules.

  

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas