During a three-day fishing and hunting trip, the Russian President was pictured topless testing his angling skills in Lake Baikal, southern Siberia.
After taking a dip in the lake, the 64-year-old changed into scuba equipment to go spearfishing underwater.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while he was hunting under the surface, the President chased a pike for two hours.
“There was no way he could shoot it, but in the end he got what he wanted,” Mr Peskov said.
“The water in the lake doesn’t get warmer than 17C, but this didn’t stop the President from going for a swim.”
It is not the first time the Kremlin has promoted Mr Putin’s credentials as a strong-man – the President’s previous publicity stunts include:
:: Taking a tumble during an ice hockey match in May
:: Piloting a motorised hang glider in 2012
:: Showing off his judo skills in December 2010
:: Holding a crossbow as he hunts for whales in the Sea of Japan, August 2010
:: Examining a polar bear on a Russian island in the Arctic Ocean, April 2010
:: Riding a horse in southern Siberia’s Tuva region in August 2009
:: Holding a Siberian tiger’s head after shooting it with a tranquiliser in August 2008