Lake Akan’s holy ground for fishers釣り人たちの聖地、阿寒湖
One of the best activities to appreciate the beauty of nature is fishing. An intense fight with a trout will make you feel like part of nature. Lake Akan is a hotspot for fishing, known by enthusiasts as a "holy ground".
Akan, a place of aspiration for trout anglers
Eastern Hokkaido is known through all of Japan as a truly remarkable place to fish for trout. In particular, Akan is a habitat for wild Japanese char, earning a reputation as a "holy ground" among trout anglers and all manner of fishing enthusiasts. Due to nature conservation activities of the Maeda Ippoen Foundation and the region's designation as a national park, Akan has been spared environmentally-damaging development, and there is absolutely no artificial presence on the lake shores, which are surrounded by the same virgin forests as long ago. Akan's forests are densely packed with trees, and even in heavy rains, the rivers and lakes do not become muddy. This untouched environment is perfect for trout, and wonderful for fishing enthusiasts.
For what species of fish are Akan's rivers and lakes best known?
Akan is best known for two types of trout: Japanese char and rainbow trout. The native species of Japanese char is extremely rare, and they can occasionally be spotted as flashes of gold near Lake Akan's piers. All of Lake Akan is open for fishing, except for a no-fishing area along the north coast. There are many points accessible from land, but ship or boat fishing will give you even more chances to make a memorable catch. There are also a number of specialized fishing guides and services located around Lake Akan -- just as you might expect from a holy ground of fishing!
Aim for the best season
Lake Akan is opened on May 1st. At that time, long-reach lure fishing is most common. Entering the later half of May, the emergence of midges increases, and trout can be seen rising to the lake surface, and fly fishing season begins. After laying their eggs, pond smelt come to the surface, and rainbow trout will soon follow. In June, the best season, it is not unusual to see large trout gobbling mayflies that gather on the lake surface. By the way, for the most enjoyment, it's recommended to aim for the start of Lake Akan's fishing seasons.
Winter pond smelt fishing is perfect for beginners!
Towards of January, Lake Akan begins to freeze, entering its white season. This is also the beginning of pond smelt fishing season. Colorful tents are pitched on the frozen lake top, and throngs of fishers visit in search of Lake Akan's delicious pond smelt. Pond smelt fishing is easy to enjoy even for beginners, and you don't need to bring your own equipment to sign up. Enjoying fishing even after the laketop is sealed by ice is another unique way to enjoy Lake Akan. This true mecca offers enjoyable fishing in any season.
May-Nov / Red salmon, rainbow trout, Japanese char, Sakhalin taimen, crucian carp, common carp
Jul-Nov / Masu salmon
Jan-Mar / Pond smelt, goby
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