Closed seasons start at 00.00 on their first day and last until 24.00 on their last day. If the first day is a Saturday, Sunday or a Hungarian public holiday, the closed season starts only on the next working day. If the last day is a Saturday, Sunday or a Hungarian public holiday, the closed season ends on the previous working day.
It means that the exact dates of the closed seasons can slightly vary from year to year!
Besides the size limitations according to the Hungarian regulations tench has been protected with an extra size limitation in Lake Balaton, Kis-Balaton and their incoming waters since 1st January 2012!
The maximum daily amount of tench and Volga pikeperch (protected with a size limitation) is 3 each in Lake Balaton!
|Name of the fish||Closed season||Size limitation <|
|Brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario)||1st October – 31st March||22 cm|
|Pike (Esox lucius)||1st February – 31st March||45 cm|
|Asp (Aspius aspius)||1st March – 27th April||45 cm (one piece of asp can be kept per day)|
|Pike-perch (Sander lucioperca)||1st March – 27th April||35 cm|
|Perch (Perca fluviatilis)||1st March – 27th April||15 cm|
|Volga pikeperch (Sander volgensis)||1st March – 30th June||25 cm|
|Carp (Cyprinus carpio)||2nd May – 31st May||35 cm, maximum size 70 cm|
|Barbel (Barbus barbus)||16th April - 31st May||40 cm|
|Catfish (Silurus glanis)||2nd May - 15th June||60 cm|
|Ide (Leuciscus idus)||16th April – 31st May||20 cm|
|Common nase (Chondrostoma nasus)||16th April – 31st May||20 cm|
|Vimba bream (Vimba vimba)||16th April – 31st May||20 cm|
|Burbot (Lota lota)||-||Not allowed to catch|
|Kinife (Pelecus cultratus)||16th April – 31st May||20 cm|
|Tench (Tinca tinca)||2nd May - 15th June||25 cm|