In Poland it is common in large lakes and lowland rivers and in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea. Reaches a body weight of about 6 kg and a length of up to 80 cm, averaging 30-50 cm. The body is laterally much arched, covered with large, easily removable scales. The back of the bream is dark with a greenish tinge, the belly is whitish, the fins are greyish blue, the sides of young specimens are grey-silver, with age they often acquire a golden sheen.
It has very tasty meat. It can be fried, marinated, smoked, made into chops.