Guide to Croatia

Friday, January 26, 2007

Introduction to Sport Fishing in Croatia

Croatia has a diverse fish population due to its forming during different geological periods. It s home is approximately 70 000 ha of fresh water. Fish from the Danube basin can mainly be found in the Central European rivers and streams. On the other hand rivers that belong to Adriatic basin are abundant with endemic species (often in particular river). Adriatic basin has very specific geological structure called carst. Intracular system of caves, cavities, holes and pits formed with many subterranean rivers under the tin surface of soil. That was a way how fish got isolated from natural migrations, changes and so on.Fish in Adriatic basin are of ancient origin.(It is easy to presume that Adriatic trout dates back to Tertiary period). Same goes for Illyrian chub, Croatian minnow, Croatian dace and some others.Austro Hungarian officer brought sturgeon and river trout to Gacka river close to the end of XIX ct. For these two species we know that population started some 100 years ago. Original, autochtonous species were eel and lamprey but with human input different varieties were brought in. Hydro geology of that part of the Croatia is rather complex.When we talk about Danube basin, species there are without doubt much younger. Fish from there are relatively different from those found in the Adriatic basin. After WW II significant pollution and general destruction of fresh waitress was noticeable. Due to developing industry, wrong moves and unawareness of natural balance some damage was done. There are still more than few waters ranking the cleanest in Europe....Croatian fresh waters are known for trout, pike, pike perch. huchen, carp ... and beautiful specimens of the same can be found. For known and familiar locations information can be gathered easily (where and when to fish with artificial and / or natural bait, mounted small fish or fly) For all other spots recommended action is to consult local facilities and anglers familiar with the particular places. Recommended rivers and lakesKupa and smaller rivers in vicinity ( Catfish, Pike, Huchen, Californian and River trout...)River Dobra ( same as above)Korana and Mreznica (Pike and River trout)Licka Jesenica (short, clean river famous for river trout)Gacka (one of the finest in Europe and known for the fact that trout growth is three times faster than in other salmonid waters)Ricica and Stikada( River trout and Croatian minnow)Una (Grayling, Catfish, Californian trout, River trout, Pike)Zrmanja ( Eel and River trout)Krka (River and Adriatic trout)Cetina ( River trout, Carp, Grayling)Drava (Catfish, Pike, Pike perch, Carp)LakesLepenice (River trout, Californian trout, Carp, Pike)Bajer ( same as above)Lokvarka (same as above)Kosinjsko lake ( Carp, Pike, Catfish)Vransko lake ( Catfish, Pike, Carp)Peruca lake (Grayling, River trout, Carp).

Monday, July 10, 2006

Day trips from Zadar - Part One

There are two possibilities if you decide to head North from Zadar. First one is to take highway via tunnel Sv. Rok in direction of Zagreb. Second choice is "old main route". It traces the mountain edge and follows the line of Velebit channel. Road is in more than decent shape and newly widened. It is going through its last days of improvement and repairs as of July 2006.
Departing from Zadar you will pass Crno, Murvica, Policnik (small settlements with picturesque names: Crno = Black, Murvica = Mulberry, Policnik = Palace)That region is known as Ravni Kotari. Tamed nature, agricultural properties, small farms and springs adorn every step in every direction.When you approach Maslenica bridge Velebit Channel starts. Or ends. It is called "Podvelebitski kanal". "Pod" means under and it underlines it's position on the footsteps of the mountain and the ege of the sea line. String of villages, towns and smaller groups of homes follows jagged and steep shore line. Rovanjska, Jasenice, Modrici, Seline...Paklenica with serious (and I mean serious) cliffs and canyons is one of the most wild and most beautiful National parks one will ever see.Paklenica sound dangerous in Croatian. Pakao is hell, but actual name derives from 'paklina'= soft, guey, pine tree tar. Formations in the park are wild, sharp and untouched. At the same time it is a fragile place where just a spark in dry twigs can wipe out everything. In spring time wildflowers, rare birds and change in surfaces can be observed. Summer brings out whiteness, interesting insects(amazing butterflies), lizards and snakes.There are some hotels and private lodgings in Starigrad. Town is long and situated primarily above the road. Tourism is main activity but in manner that left nature undisturbed. There is nothing industrial and commercial like in Greece or Spain. It is rather small and provincial. Excellent choice for expeditions and short trips.