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Fishing for Ide

Carp fishing, Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing


A bright, silvery fish with complementing rose-colored fins is a tricky freshwater fish native to Europe and Asia, also now seen in parts of New Zealand.

Although they can do well in ponds and lakes, ide prefer flowing water, finding rivers with gravel or a vegetative bottom to spawn in the springtime.

Although they can get up to 4 kilograms, ide are excellent to cautiously fish for with a light spinning rod or fly rod, enticing the biggest fight from the little silver predator. Ide feed on crustaceans, worms, larvae, insects and small fish, depending on their distribution and season.

Best thing as an angler to do is wake up their competitive, predatory instincts with a bit of noise and a lot of feed. Grub or maggot, thrown while casting a hooked grub or maggot will get their attention. Otherwise small streamer patterns or small baitfish lures will do the trick.

If you are lucky, find a school of ide feeding energetically on everything, and get ready for some classic freshwater fighting!

Basic Info


Scientific name: Leuciscus idus

Size: average length 40 cm

Weight: about 4.1 kg

Lifespan: 15 years

Methods: Carp fishing, Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Center and eastern Europe