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Lake Gandoko; Smelt Fishing

岩洞湖ワカサギ釣り(盛岡市)

Lake Gandoko is located in Tamayama, the coldest place on Honshu Island. The smelt fishing season begins in early January and lasts through mid-March, when the ice thickens to more than 15 cm. You cut a small hole in the ice with a special drill; fishing equipment and tents can be rented, so even beginners can enjoy. You can usually catch anywhere from 20-350 fish, with some pros snatching up to 500. The best time to fish is from 6 to 9 in the morning. It is extremely cold, so make sure you wear warm clothes. For those who do not like cold weather, dome boats are available ( with a reservation; 2000 yen ) . To fish, you need a fishing ticket, which is available after 4 AM at the Gandoko Rest House and at various stores in Yabukawa, Tamayama. Smelts are delicious as tempura; if you have a meal at the Rest House, you can also have the fish you caught cooked there.

VENUE DETAILS

Hours
5:00-sunset
Regular holidays
Open every day
Addmission
1-day fishing ticket: high school students to persons aged 74: 500 yen; junior high school students, persons aged 75 and over, handicapped persons: 250 yen; elementary school students and under: free Fishing equipment rental; information: 019-681-5039, Gandoko Rest House
Access 1
Bus from JR Morioka Station Morioka-Iwaizumi ( Ryusendo ) Line Get on at Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 1 Get off at Gandoko Rest House-mae 53 min. ride; 1 min. on foot from the stop Buses from 9:40 to 17:40 019-604-2211 ( JR Bus Tohoku )
Access 2
Car About 60 min. from Takizawa IC

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