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Wisła – a queen of Polish rivers

Wisła – the longest Polish river

Wisła is the last such large, unregulated European river free-flowing for long distances in a completely natural landscape. It is the longest river in Poland, and at the same time the longest river in the Baltic Sea catchment area – it is 1047 km long from its sources to the Gdańsk Bay.

Along its entire length there are many areas of special bird protection, special areas of habitat protection, nature reserves, landscape parks and protected landscape areas. In long stretches, the Vistula has remained almost unchanged for millennia, flowing along the natural bed of a wild river that changes every year, being shaped by mainly by ice and floods.

It is inhabited by huge populations of animals and birds: gulls, terns, cormorants, lapwings and many others. Despite the high fishing and angling pressure, it is still an excellent fishery, enabling effective fishing for even the largest native predatory fish.

Guided fishing on Wisła (Vistula) river

The middle course of the Vistula near Warsaw is an excellent fishery for whitefish and predatory fish. During our expeditions, we focus primarily on the latter. The species that we often focus on when fishing on the Vistula are catfish and asp. Catfish, the largest Polish predator often exceeding a length of 200 cm, is extremely widespread in the waters of the lowland Vistula – we catch catfish mainly during the summertime – from early June to mid-October. The second species regularly caught in the Vistula is asp – probably the most sporting fish of lowland rivers in Poland, feeding in a strong current and caught with a light-tackle, it provides unforgettable emotions when hooked. Of course, in the Vistula we also catch other species of fish: zander, pike, chub, barbel, as well as whitefish: bream, vise and others

Find out more about our fishing trips here.

Wild life watching by Wisla river

Wisła (Vistula) river in a radius of several dozen kilometers from Warsaw, offers great opportunities to watch and photograph birds, including the most magnificent white-tailed eagle.

The Vistula River valley is a unique place where we can see a great density of various species of birds: common terns and white-fronted terns, ringed and river ringed plovers, kingfishers, golden-eyed sandflies, lapwings, cormorants, gray and white herons, black storks, cranes, white-tailed eagles, buzzards, harriers  – with a bit of luck you can see all of them during a one-day trip.

However, to make it possible, we often travel by boat long stretches of the Vistula River to reach places inaccessible from the shore and also – to find sections of the river, where birds are currently present (taking a rest or feeding). The observation itself is often carried out from a boat or a pontoon, which we quietly float to the places where the birds are, but also – especially when taking photos – we land on sandy islands or river banks. In addition, we also have a drone at our disposal, with which we can not only observe birds from a different perspective (from the air), but also take unique photos.

By the way, we can often observe water mammals, such as otters or ubiquitous beavers, and with a bit of luck, we can see an elk or a herd of deer or wild boars swimming from the shore to a feeding ground on one of the Vistula islands.

We guarantee direct contact with nature, numerous observations and unforgettable impressions.

Read more about our wild life watching trips here.

Watch sample of our photographs made by Wisla river and join us on a next trip!