During the Middle Ages, the whole Lake Garda Western Riviera was an important fishing center and a famous fish market. Salmo carpio was widespread: it is an endemic salmonid fish living still today only in the waters of Garda Lake. Today, it is possible to fish lake sardines, pikes, whitefish, tenches, chubs, and the so-called àole, the famous bleaks you can taste fried or dried in the sun and then cooked with sauce and onion to form the sisàm, the characteristic dish of the fishermen. The area is also characterized by dishes of the Venetian tradition, like sardines or twaite shads in saor.
The lake fish is not farmed, but still fished with traditional nets and according to ancient methods.