Fishing on the Bolshaya river (1 day)

Travel period: June 20- July 15, August 15- August 25

Duration: 1 day

Group size: 2-6 pax.

Sort of fishes spawning in that period:  сhinook salmon, sockeye salmon, sima, char, chum.

Tour price for 1 person:  Basic USD 220 (the price does not include English-speaking interpreter).


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Bolshaya (above the mouth of the Plotnikova River) is the largest river in the southwest of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The river is very important as a great number of West Kamchatka salmons are coming there to spawn. Talking about the spawning kinds, there come more than 40 thousand Chinooks, 300 thousand — sockeye salmon, up to 20 million — pink salmon, more than 100 thousand individuals’ Coho salmon. Also there are many other species: the peregrine char, the grayling, the live mikizha and the kunja.

Abundance and variety of the fish make the river great for both sporting and amateur fishing.

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The one-day fishing program on the Bolshaya River:

8.00 Departure to the fishing base in a high-terrain vehicle (about 3 hours.).

11.00 Arrival at the base

11.30 Departure by boat to fishing places with an experienced guide who will show the most «fish» places. Dinner. The best time for catching chinooks is the beginning of May — the middle of July. In the second half of August, there are not so many fish, as it goes to spawn. For catching coho salmon, the corresponding dates are mid-August late-September and October.

In the lower part of the river from the end of July to the beginning of September there is a mass migration of the passing char. Mikiza (rainbow trout) is the object of sport fishing, the largest specimens of which can be caught only in Kamchatka, for which it was nicknamed «the queen of Kamchatka».

17.00 Upon the end of fishing — return to base.

18.00 Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in a high-terrain vehicle (about 3 hours).

21.00 Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.


Tour Price Includes:

  • Transport (PK- Bolshaya river — PK);
  • Guide services;
  • Fishing equipment;
  • Meals;
  • Rent of the motor boat;
  • Group equipment rental;
  • Fishing license;
  • Accident insurance.

Recommended clothing/equipment:

  • Rucksack, rubber boots or trekking shoes;
  • Wind jacket, hat (e.g beanie) or cap;
  • Fleece jacket, gloves;
  • Extra boots;
  • Sunblock cream;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Camera/video camera.

Additional Information:

The route or the route schedule can be changed according to the weather conditions, the training level of the group, other external factors. The decision to change the route may be taken by the guide on the place.