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Fishing in Sweden – Plan Your Next Trip

Sweden is a favorite for the lovers of fishing. Of course, with so much water that’s not that strange. Throw your fishing rod in the many lakes, rivers and along the coast of Sweden.

In Sweden, you can catch about 37 species of fish, common and precious species. The biggest ones are pike, zander, and perch, in addition to salmon, trout, and grayling in fast flowing water. If you are going Kayak fishing in Sweden, check with the local tourist office because you may require a permit. That is not the case for all waters, but for most places. A fishing license in Sweden is normally very little and it can be easily purchased from the tourist office.

The Fishing Season in Sweden

The fishing season varies by region, since Sweden from north to south, approximately 2000 km long and has several climate zones. In the lowlands of the south, the season along the coast, while in coastal rivers, inland rivers, and lakes, typically throughout the year. When you are in the direction of Mid-Sweden with dense forests, applies in general for the period April to November, and you go further and further to the north, Lapland, then it is May to October.

Fishing in lakes

If you’re on a trip to Sweden, then investing in the best inflatable kayak will be a better idea because Sweden is great for Kayak fishing. There are some 100,000 lakes, there is always a spot for fishing. The largest lake in Sweden is the southwestern Lake Vänern, with a surface of about 5.600 square kilometers. It is so large and that is the reason it has its own weather system and an archipelago of some 20,000 islands. That provides fantastic fishing possibilities: you can fish for freshwater salmon and trout, pike and pike.

kayak fishing

Southern Sweden has mainly lowland lakes with pike, zander, and perch; plus a number of common freshwater fishes. If you travel further to the north, the landscape changes: it is rougher and hillier and covered with forests. You will find thousands of lakes with pike, perch, and carp in the extreme south, as well as with brown trout and grayling. When you approach the tree line in northern Sweden, where the vast spruce forests stop, Arctic tundra, meadows, glaciers and high rising mountains peak. Here are the lakes full of brook trout, flag salmon and Arctic knight fish.

Spread out over the whole of Sweden, and you will find well-stocked Put & Take lakes, especially in the middle and south of the country.

River fishing

The major river systems mainly affect you in the rugged north of the country. It is wise to hire a guide if you are going to fish within the polar circle because the area is sparsely populated and the terrain may be difficult with extreme weather conditions. That makes it extra exotic and charming. Species to look forward to including brook trout, knight fish, and flag salmon.

There are several other larger rivers flowing through the middle of Sweden, such as the river Klarälven and Dalälven. The Dalälven flows in Central Sweden over a distance of 200 miles to the south. The area surrounding is a motley variety of pastures, wetlands, and fields. Cast your rod out to hunt a pike or perch anytime you want. The largest freshwater nuts caught in Sweden in 2010 came from this river.

For salmon, you need to go to the legendary Mörrumsån river in the province of Blekinge in the south of Sweden. On the east coast, about a dozen of rivers flow to the middle of Sweden with salmon and sea trout.

Fishing along the coast

In the east, Sweden borders on Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia and in the west to Norway and the North Sea. There are countless islands and sharks for the east coast of Sweden. Rent a boat or go fishing from the coast of an island deep in the archipelago. Chances are you catch a large sea trout or pike.

Along the southern coast of Sweden, you can fish for salmon in the Hanö Bay and in the waters of Simrishamn. Stay on the west coast as deep sea fishing appeals to you. You can also pour your fishing rod in deep water directly from the rocky coast. Fish on cod, mackerel, and sea trout. The west coast is famous for its seafood and crustaceans. A fishing guide to fish on lobsters and oysters is also possible.