вторник, 29 декабря 2009 г.

Amur River, mid winter

In January the icefishing in the Amur River is not as good as from the "first ice" - in November.  Most of thefish are becoming sleepy and do not bite.  Thick ice makes it hard to search for the fish. 

Not far, at the right bank of Amur the busy city of Khabarovsk is waking up.  Near the low left bank the fishermen are preparing the holes for the whitefish fishing. 


Gas-powered ice-auger is rare tool on the ice of Amur.  Most of the local fishermen still prefer to use ancient ice-pikes.


When the ice is 1 m thick, it is hard work to break through it and make a hole. 


In mid December the schools of marine lamprey are coming to Khabarovsk from the Sea of Okhotsk (the distance is 900 km).  Lampreys will be spawning in May in the tributaries of the Amur River. 


The most active fish in January is burbot; it is both spawning and feeding eagerly.  


Burbot is the only freshwater cod


Amur pike is still biting, but not as active as in November & December. 


Amur pike is very pretty fish

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