Roach (Rutilus rutilus)

Roach (Rutilus rutilus)

Roach (Rutilus rutilus) is referred to Cyprinidae family and is found in abundance in lakes and bays of Northern and Central Europe, as well as in Caspian sea, Aral sea and Siberian lakes. The roach is a small fish,  with common size of 17 – 35 cm. Maximum length registered was 45 cm. The body has a blueish silvery colour and becomes white at the belly. The fins are red. The common roach eats plant material, bottom dwelling (benthic) invertebrates and plankton. Spawning season is April and May. In Russia dried roach (especially with roe) is one of the most popular snack for beer.