Re: Lake Smelts Fishing at Lake Yogo (余呉湖のワカサギ釣り)

【In English】

I was born and grown at a small hamlet of Lake Yogo (余呉湖) in the far northern district of Shiga Pref. I don’t know it exactly when, but they started a kind of winter leisure of lake smelt fishing at the lake more than 40 years ago, and now the lake is well renowned as one of the most famous spots in the western area of Japan for the winter landscape.

Since three years ago, I’ve been assigned as one of the administration officers of the fishery cooperative (and an errand boy, as a matter of fact (^-^;). As far as I remember, the fishing exploits in the past 5 years were not necessarily good, but it seems to me the situation is pretty good so far this year…… I heard from the staff that the luckiest angler can get more than 1,000 fishes a day.

Lake smelts of Lake Yogo are relatively small, ……about 6 – 7 cm in length, quite smaller than the ones of Lake Biwa, but it tastes very good when deep fried.

Please come visit to the pier for fishing at the lake so I can guide you everything except how to fish.


Smelts Fishing at the Fishing Pier (1 of 2) [釣り桟橋での釣り風景 (1/2)]

Smelts Fishing at the Fishing Pier (2 of 2) [釣り桟橋での釣り風景 (2/2)]
Fishing Exploits [釣りの成果]
Kawanami Fishing Pier [川並釣り桟橋]
Edo Fishing Pier [江土釣り桟橋]
Motion Picture of the Fishing Situation [釣り状況の動画]
Running Smelts at the Artificial River on Jan., 10th [人口河川を遡上中のワカサギ;1月10日撮影]

【In Japanese】

タイトル: 余呉湖ワカサギ釣り

私は滋賀県の最北端にある余呉湖の小さな集落で生まれ育ちました。 正確な時期はわかりませんが、40年以上前からこの湖では冬季のレジャーとしてワカサギ釣りが始められ、今では西日本屈指の名所として知られています。

私は3年前から余呉湖漁業協同組合の役員(実質的には“使い走り”を担当していますが….(^-^;))を仰せつかっています。 過去5年間は必ずしも釣果は良いとは言えませんでしたが、今年はこれまでのところ状況はかなり良いようです。漁協のスタッフから、「最近は最も調子のよい釣り人は一日に1,000匹以上を釣ることができている」と伺いました。

うまく釣る方法以外につきましては何でもご案内いたしますので、是非余呉湖桟橋へ遊びに来てください。 (^_-)-☆

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