Places and methods of catching ide

Catching an ide - where to look for an ide's habitat and how to catch it.

One of our famous freshwater fish, which is always welcome in the catch of a fisherman, is ide. A lot has already been said about this fish, and we have written on this topic more than once, but the interest in catching and the peculiarities of catching ide does not subside to this day. The thing is that with the mass prevalence of ide, it inhabits large and small rivers, flowing lakes, other bodies of water, where relatively clean water and optimal oxygen exchange, catching fish is not so easy. But, you need to understand that the ide is pretty tolerant of water quality, and if for the same roach the water quality is already on the verge, the ide lives in these conditions. On the other hand, the better the conditions, the faster the ide develops, the higher the chance of a real trophy. Ide is not just cunning, he is more careful. And if bites of roaches (young ides) also happen, then to catch a trophy specimen, the weight of which can reach about two kilograms or more, this is not just luck, but also a kind of work, preparation and result that characterizes the experience of the fisherman. Even if the place is chosen correctly, this is far from a guarantee that the bite of the ide will happen.


Ide description
Catching an ide


Just a few words about the anatomy and biology of this fish, so that you know who to catch. The ide belongs to the family of cyprinids, inhabits the vast majority of our reservoirs: rivers, flowing lakes. At the same time, that plays in favor of the fisherman, ide can be found not only in such large rivers as, for example, the Oka, Volga and other rivers, but also the rivers feeding their more famous “sisters”. An interesting moment (this has some similarities with a pike) is that even in small rivers, which in some places reach a width of only a few meters, one can encounter really serious ulcers, weighing a kilogram or more. This is a trophy.

Outwardly, the ide has some similarities with the chub and the roach, we will not describe all these differences, but we note that the ide has a yellowish-orange hue, a silvery body with medium-sized scales, which is slightly smaller than the chub (although, outwardly it is difficult to determine), the caudal fin is dark, with a shade of red to the base. By the way, the ventral and anal fin also have a reddish color. An interesting comparison of the appearance of ide and chub. Sometimes, these fish are so similar that some difficulties arise in difference. It is better to compare two fish side by side to visually see all the features and remember.

An ide is the beauty of our reservoirs, it’s enough to at least see and remember it in a photograph, in the future you will learn to recognize it immediately. In the literature, much is written about the differences, but the difficulty is that focusing purely on color signs can make a mistake, because depending on the habitat of the fish, the color may vary slightly (both in ide and chub with roach). In general, the following parameters are used for distinguishing: the color of the scales, the size of the scales, the color of the eyes, the size of the oral apparatus, the color of the fins, the shape of the fish’s body, the fishing time, the tackle that the fish is caught on, the approximate age of the fish.


The ide spawns in the spring time, aground. As a rule, spawning occurs at a water temperature of about 6 degrees, spawning lasts 1-2 weeks. In rivers, he prefers sections with a slower course, near aquatic vegetation, and often stands behind obstacles of all kinds, near holes, on the boundary of streams (fast and slow course). Pay special attention to the fact that the ide often keeps below or near such structures as bridges and crossings, especially if the depth allows, and if the shore is overgrown with shrubs, it creates a shadow, then the ide ides just in these places, waiting for prey .


A few words about what I like: larvae, insects, worms, bloodworms, maggot, fry of other fish species. We didn’t catch ide on vegetable tips (although plant food is included in the diet of this fish), most often ide is caught on an ordinary worm. Again, many sources indicate that it is quite realistic to take an ide for 3 kilograms. If you succeed, you are lucky. Basically, fish up to 1.5 kilograms predominate in catches. But believe me, catching a couple of such beauties in the morning or evening dawn (and the ide body “plays” very beautifully in the sun) is a real success and a genuine emotional lift. Well, in the length of such a tongue will be about 30-40 centimeters, which you will agree, a lot.

Ide habitats

A large ide often prefers deeper, quieter areas. But, and we had cases when it was possible to take the ide from a depth of only 1.5 meters. True, given the "cunning and cleverness" of this fish, fishing from this depth requires maximum concentration, perseverance and silence.

Catching an ide

Quite often, you can catch an ide when catching a chub on spinners, in particular when fishing for ultralight. They put both spinners (turntables) and small wobblers, often of a floating type. The bait is selected taking into account the time of year. So, during the summer period of insects, they put the bait as similar as possible to the latter, imitating their behavior or movement in water.

Of the gear for catching ide used:

1. Float tackle (for a worm, maggot, grasshopper, etc.)

2. Spinning

3. Fly fishing

4. Bottom tackle (zakidka, feeder).

On the float tackle put a fishing line of the order of 0.2 mm., Sometimes - thicker, leash, hooks 4-7 numbers. If the river has a slow flow, the float can be slightly suspended in the air, above the water, so that it does not create a wave from the current. The bite in this case is monitored quite clearly, although some experience is required so as not to miss an important point. During the course, the ide bites powerfully, but it can also “procrastinate” tackle. The hooked ide is very active when playing, which gives the fisherman pleasure. But, actively resisting, the chances of fish gathering increase, especially in jerks. The tackle is set so that the ide is caught from the bottom, but do not forget to try all the horizons of the water, especially if there is no bite.

Consider seasonal features. So, if there are years of insects that often fall into the water, then you should catch just from the surface, properly adjusting the tackle. In addition to playing with depth, it’s important to have several baits and baits (worms, maggots, dough, peas, for example) in stock to give the ide a choice. You can catch ide around the clock and all year round. But the best time: spring-summer, in the morning and evening hours.

We already said about spinning, we add only that instead of the forests we used a thin braid to make it easier to control the tackle itself and to make accurate casts of light bait under the bushes, under the shore and overhanging trees. The length of the spinning can vary, a lot depends on the characteristics of the coastline: if there is nowhere to turn around, the spinning will be shorter, and vice versa.

By the way, we talked more and more about the ide, like freshwater fish. But ide also feels quite good in salt water (up to certain concentrations), so that it is truly universal.

As they say, there is still much to tell about the ulcer, in particular, to illuminate each type of fishing in a certain season of the year. On our own, we note that ide catching is very interesting, intellectual, exciting. As the saying goes, such fishing will not leave anyone indifferent.

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