Most rivers and lakes in Hungary do not have a big depth. This also implies to the nearly 600 square km Lake Balaton, which average depth is about 3 meters. The deepest point is about 12 meters. The fishing at Lake Balaton has a long tradition and offers variety of catches despite the low water level.
The best-known fish from Lake Balaton is the zander, which is also known as Balaton zander. The Zander is a predator and belongs to the perch family. Its average size is around 50 centimeters, but there are some units with the size of up to a meter. It is considered to be difficult to catch a zander because it is very cautious and timid fish. As it eats smaller fishes, zander can be usually found in the places where it can hunt small fishes. Zander is not a bony fish, it has firm, lean meat. The fishing on Lake offers not only Zander, but also eels, pike, carp and catfish. Around 50 species belong to the fish fauna of Lake Balaton.
The intense professional fishing in recent years has significantly reduced the fish stocks. The spawning season should be strictly respected and adhered to. A fishing license Lake Balaton can be obtained without problems in angler shops, campsites or directly at the jetties and harbors, where you can rent a boat. Fisherman under 18 can fish using two rods simultaneously. Children under 14 can fish with only one fishing rod. There are various types of accommodation at Lake Balaton: form comfortable hotels to affordable apartments or an entire cottage.
For fishermen there are also numerous campsites available, which are situated around the lake.
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