In 2015 Balaton will give a place for the biggest International Boilies Competition fishing as the International Balaton Carp Cup (hereinafter: IBCC). The event will be a great opportunity to Balaton to introduce itself as the largest lake of central Europe area.


In the beginning was thought by the researchers that the Balaton around 500 million years old. Later than how the scientific methods improved the Scientist have been founded that lake is younger than they believed. In Previously agreed that the lake is not an ancient remain neither a relic of a Pannonian lake.

Recent geological studies indicate that significant crustal movements at the end of the ice age designed Balaton’s pit . The northern fault line runs close to the northern coast, which is why on this site so sharply deepen the lake. The fault line in southern is much farther from the coast, bathers up to a mile can have fun as well as reaches deeper water. The fault line between two bank side has been deeply and
slowly developed the lake ditch.


Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of Hungary’s foremost tourist destinations. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.

Around six hundred square kilometers, Central Europe’s largest lake surface, which, although quite shallow with an average depth of 3-4 meters. Maximum depth of Tihany Fountain measured 11.5 meters. The lake length 77 kilometers and a maximum and minimum width is 14 and 1.5 kilometer. The total length of coastline is 196 Km, which only 70
kilometer left in its natural habitat.

Northern coastline offers better fishing opportunities, this confirms the recent years test fishing.


The effective fishing influenced by several factors, including movements of the water of the lake. A part or the whole weight of the water of the lake, various meteorological and hydrological factors are kept constantly in motion. The largest water movements caused by the wind, but it can affect all of a sudden change in air pressure,
temperature increase or decrease.

The strongest winds are mostly north-west direction.

The lake fish-farming has changed significantly over the past two, three decades. Reduced the role of the exploitation of fish stocks, and invigorated fishing and fish farm management. Currently 32 species of fish has been presence. Researchers demonstrated a significant decrease in fish stock compared to the mid-1900s, when research was about
40 species of fish.

Disappearance of fish stocks is likely due to habitat alterations, Sio sluice current operating practices, and in recent decades economic approach to fish farming.


The main target fish is the carp in the lake which unfortunately has little natural increment does so depends on the size of the stock from the settling. The carp settling 2 summers 200-600 g, less 800-1500 g 3 summers fish usually fall to a smaller part occur in the spring. By 2002, the amount was the settling 250 tons, by 2003 300 tons, 350 tons in 2004. Due to expansion of the boilie fishing method  the size of the prey has increased and now over 10 kg of carp catching is ordinary, but are a good number of carp weighing over 20 kg too.


Meanwhile writing these lines we do not know how to change the fishing lake rules in 2015, but based on the available information could predict that fully suit the interests of the fishing tourism. 1st International Balaton Carp Cup Lake 2015 may well serve lake angler awareness and the amazing fish stock. In case of a successful competition Balaton become the world one of the best carp fishing lake.




Botond Zákonyi

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