The Tench, also scientifically referred to as Tinca tinca, is⁤ a noteworthy fishing species that belongs to the Cyprinidae family.

Conservation ‌Status

The Tench’s current conservation status is classified as “Least Concern” according to the International⁢ Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This classification results from the species’ wide distribution and stable population trend, which is due to successful conservation efforts and its adaptability to ⁢varied environments.


Statistical Category Average Range
Length 40-70 cm 30-90 cm
Weight 2-4 kg 1-7.5 kg
Average Lifespan 15 ‌years N/A


The Tench’s ​distribution is wide, extending across regions in Europe and Asia. Its adaptability allows it to thrive in various categories of freshwater bodies, from rivers, lakes to⁤ ponds. The‍ species has also‍ been​ introduced in Australia and North America.


The Tench prefers still or⁤ slow-moving waters, particularly those with muddy bottoms and abundant vegetation.

Water Type

The Tench ⁢thrives in freshwater environments, showing a remarkable tolerance for low oxygen levels.

Depth Range

The Tench usually lives in depths ranging from 1 to 5 meters.

Temperature Range

The ideal water temperature⁢ range for the Tench to thrive is between 4°C-24°C.

When and Where to See

Seasonal Patterns

The best season for Tench sighting is during ‍the late spring to early summer when the water temperatures rise.

Time of Day

Tench are mostly nocturnal and are most active from ‍dusk till dawn.

Best Fishing Locations

The optimal fishing locations for Tench are established based on its wide distribution across various continents. Some of the ideal Tench fishing spots are:

  1. Avon River, England
  2. Bouche du Rhone, France
  3. Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Lake Balaton, Hungary
  5. Murray⁢ River, Australia
  6. Lake Wörth, Austria
  7. Moselle River, Germany
  8. Lake Trasimeno,⁣ Italy
  9. Shannon River, Ireland
  10. Lake Peipus, Estonia

How to Catch

Sweetcorn, bread, and worms serve as the preferred bait for catching Tench. The‌ most effective fishing techniques include float fishing ⁣and legering. Dawn and dusk are the best times to⁤ go Tench fishing.

Identification Guide

Tench are identifiable by their heavy, rounded bodies with ⁢small​ scales embedded in thick skin. They have a distinct olive-green⁢ to‍ dark brown color, with a reddish or orange tinge to the fins.

Culinary Information

Tench has a distinctive flavor‍ that is defined as being slightly sweet and nutty. It is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. This versatile fish is a great ingredient in broths, stews, and grills.

Additional Information


Tench is a⁣ bottom-dwelling species that feeds predominantly on benthic invertebrates. During winter, it buries itself in the mud to conserve energy.

Predators and‌ Threats

Natural predators for⁣ Tench include large bird species and ​predatory fish. Overfishing is the primary threat ​to Tench.

Cultural/Historical Significance

In some cultures, the Tench is considered a symbol of courage and ⁤endurance due to its ability to survive in harsh conditions.

References and Further Reading

For further ⁤information, refer to the publications below:

  1. The Freshwater Fishes of Europe: CyprinidaeExternal Link 1.
  2. Ecology and Management of the TenchExternal‌ Link 2.