Ice fishing in Poland

Poland’s secret winter fishing destinations uncovered – where only locals dare to tread

Maciej drills a hole while Marek enjoys a beer, at a frozen lake in Borowina, south east Poland.
Piotr, making his miniature lure selection
Wlodek prowls the hole
keeping the hole clear is important
ice fishing at Borowina gets results. Maciej with a monster perch
Further ice fishing lures – we switched between lures to attract the fish
ice fishing rods, less than 35 cm long, short enough to jiggle a lure through an ice hole
Phil keeping warm, it’s not a casual pose, the beer bottle is frozen to his glove
straight from the ice hole, a fish for Phil
Phil’s little beauty, a perch
Piotr and Wlodek get ready to fish. Czarny Piotrus pizza bar (Pulawy’s premier sports bar destination)

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Philip Pembroke

My name is Phil Pembroke and I write fishing guide books - covering fly, sea and coarse fishing for Spain, France and Portugal. Nothing compares to ordering a pint of Guiness - a favourite drink, in my local Romford bar and nothing compares to a two week holiday spent fishing for carp at my local lake in Dagenham, East London. But the quest continues, to organise more fishing downtime. Fishing Bin El Ouidane lake in Morocco for virgin carp, with friends in 2007 was a wonderful experience. Ice fishing in Poland in 2017 was chilling. I have spent time fishing for Bighead carp in north east China in 2010 and drunk the local whiskey. 2017 is the Chinese year of the Rooster (Gōngjī), the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying luck, romance and personality. May the celestial rooster bring good luck to anglers everywhere they chose to cast a line. My blog has stories from near and far about fishing and travel, plus a few surprises. my website has free fishing maps for all regions of Spain, and a lot of free information about fishing in western and central Europe, Morocco and China: You can get in touch here:

2 thoughts on “Ice fishing in Poland”

  1. Hi! I did not know you fished in Poland. I have family there and will be there this summer. Have you fished for trout while there? Do you have any recommendations in southern Poland?

    1. Hi Tyler

      river San, upstream sections where most of valley is bordered by Ukraine – in the extreme south east of Poand. An expert, local guide would advise that you persevere casting into the same pool for a few hours instead of moving about constantly.

      Span for trout last week in the cold, on the Bystra River near Kazimierz Dolny, no luck. Another angler caught four trout the following day, on a different section. Casting upstream, from the bank, over the fishes’ heads. using a small spinner.

      best, Phil

      I can send you a sketch map, if you email me at:

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