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Sport fishing under the Lion's Head

Along the slopes of Monte Comero, the complex geological history of the Alta Valle del Savio dug out three ravines which today are known as Lungo Lake, Pontini Lake and Acquapartita Lake. The three mirrors of water are relaxing places, and a true paradise for sport fishing fans.


Pontini lakeThe eastern slope of Bagno di Romagna (FC) in the Apennines between Romagna and Tuscany, is dominated by the face of Monte Comero, which, for its imposing power, has earned the name among local people of "the Lion's Head".

From the slopes of the mountain, on February 15, 1855, a huge mudslide of rock fell, sliding down into the valley, temporarily blocking the path of the Savio river and creating Pontini Lake (748 m slm) and Lungo Lake (616 m slm).

Surrounded by age-old chestnut groves and at the main destination of many itineraries for hikers, or by bicycle or on horseback, the two mirrors of water are particularly frequented by fishing fans. The abundant population of trout, carp, tench, and pike, allows fishermen to experiment with different techniques all year round, from spinning to carp fishing, and even fly fishing.


Lungo lakeThe heart of the lake system is Fario, or better, a complex of six little lakes connected by a web of paths, which allows people to fish in absolute tranquility, even in the high season.

Among these, Lungo Lake is especially great in the hot months of July and August. Its fresh waters help keep the fish population active even when the outside temperature is very high. This lake of small enough dimensions has an average depth of about 8 to 10 meters which shallows out to about 4 to 5 meters near the mountain slope. Here there are yellow, rainbow, and salmon trout. The most commonly used fishing technique along the banks of Lungo Lake is to use weighted fishing lines, weighted with sinkers or sinking bombers which vary between 5 and 12 grams in weight.


Acquapartita lakeFor those who love fishing in the mountains, in the territory of Bagno Romagna there is Acquapartita Lake.


This lake is also located on the slopes of Monte Comero, but at a higher altitude which gives the water all the same features of lakes in the High Apennines. There are two types of fishing for which it is famous: long distance fishing, which can be done in the bed of reeds of the central island, ideal for fishing amur carp, and bank fishing, very profitable due to the many carps of every size that populate this area.

Those who come to the banks of Acquapartita Lake, which also offers a rest area for campers and, from June to September, every Saturday morning, a little market, will encounter a very particular environment.


The natural lake that appeared in the 1700s, was managed by a person with the obligation to make sure it did not dry up, or, in other words, go away. One of these people, however, did not uphold his duty and the water went away, until at the end of the 1800s, when the lake was artificially filled, creating a place with a very original toponymy.

For fans of competition, there is also the Lakes Park New Society which quite frequently organizes sport fishing competitions on all the lakes in this region.


To fish in any lake in the region, you must have a permit, either daily or for half a day, which can be bought directly on the edge of the lakes, from the fishing wardens. The cost varies based on the type of fishing done.

For tourist information

Bagno di Romagna tourist information site

Last modified Jun 29, 2017

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