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Crucian carp

Crucian carp

Tench

Tench

Ruffe

Ruffe

Common nase

Common nase

Rudd

Rudd

Roach

Roach

Ide

Ide

Swan mussel

Swan mussel

Roach

Roach

Facts

LatinRutilus rutilus
Size50 cm
FoodZooplankton, benthic invertebrates, insects
HabitatBetween aquatic plants in lakes and streams
IUCN

Least concern

The roach is not endangered in nature. But too many roach in a lake can affect the lake's ecosystem.

LocationEurope
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Red eyes

You can recognise a roach by its red eyes, red fins, high back and flat body shape. The roach is a cyprinid fish.

Sissies and daredevils

In winter, the roach drifts away from the lake and migrates into the streams. This is how it avoids being eaten by predatory fish when food availability is low. However, roach in poor physical condition remain behind. This is because it requires energy to migrate.

Many enemies

The roach leads a dangerous life. It is an important prey item for both predatory fish and birds. Pike, zander, perch, the heron, and the cormorant all have the roach on their menus.

Excursion

The roach is the most common freshwater fish in Denmark. It lives in the vast majority of Danish lakes and streams, but you can also find it in bays and near coastal areas.

Catch a roach

If you want to catch a roach, you'll need to use a fishing rod with a reel, a small hook, and a float. The best bait to use is a dough ball, but roach will also bite if you use sweetcorn or worms. If you're planning a fishing trip with children, it's a good idea to fish for roach.


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