Fishing in Sweden

Fishing in Sweden

 

In this article, you will find useful information about sport fishing in Sweden and what you should consider before your fishing trip.

General

With its countless lakes, rivers, and long coastline, Sweden is a paradise for anglers of all kinds. Both professional anglers and beginners will find what they are looking for here. Unlike in Germany, you do not need a fishing license. It is sufficient to purchase a fishing permit for the desired period. You can obtain these permits at iFiske.se, in fishing specialty stores, as well as at campsites, tourist information centers, or gas stations. Thanks to the Swedish Allemansrätt, everyone is allowed to move freely in nature, as long as they leave it as they found it. For example, you are allowed to camp at the same spot for up to two consecutive nights, go boating, swimming, hiking, cycling, and pick berries and mushrooms. For instance, a jetty can be used for temporarily mooring a boat or as an entry point into the water, as long as it is not on clearly visible private property. Also, during your expeditions in the Swedish countryside, you should avoid getting too close to residential buildings, etc., to respect the privacy of the people living there. As a rule of thumb: Do not disturb, do not destroy. Thus, our fishing trips offer us an almost untouched, often undiscovered nature.

Geographically

The country’s landscape can be divided into three regions: “Götaland,” “Svealand,” and “Norrland.” Götaland is characterized by vast plains, mixed forests, agricultural areas, and slightly denser settlement compared to the rest of the country. Götaland and Svealand are connected by the two largest lakes in Sweden, Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern. Further north, the seemingly endless forests of central and northern Sweden stretch out. This is also where the mountain regions (Fjäll) begin, which extend all the way to the far north and separate the country from Norway in the west.

Particularly noteworthy compared to Central Europe is that nature is noticeably less inhabited and developed in many places. There are indeed particularly popular fishing spots where you regularly encounter like-minded people, but the many lakes and rivers also always offer the opportunity to move alone at a water body. While anglers in the plains of southern Sweden mainly find pike, pikeperch, perch, and some coarse fish, further north in the forests of the Fjäll, pike, perch, carp, (brown) trout, grayling, Arctic char, and zander are native. There are also very popular rivers in the coastal areas where salmon can be fished. In Sweden, with a little searching or a local guide, you can quickly find the water body tailored to you. The entire country is covered with small and large lakes, which, with few exceptions, are in their natural state and undeveloped. The same applies to the countless rivers, which offer many different conditions. For example, in the Jämtland region, there are more than 17,000 fishable lakes with a total surface area of about 4500km² and over 2800km of flowing waters. This means that the entire region consists of about eight percent water surface.

Sun and Light Conditions

Sweden is also known for its long-lasting sun in summer and its relatively dark winters. However, this image only applies to the northernmost part of the country. Here, the sun barely sets for a few weeks/days in summer, and it remains bright throughout, while around Christmas and New Year, it is hardly visible. In central Sweden, it only gets dusky at night during the summer solstice, but in winter, it is bright for at least 6 hours every day. In contrast, southern Sweden rather resembles conditions in northern Germany. In spring and autumn, the daylight and nighttime hours are balanced. These changing light conditions naturally also affect fishing, and skilled anglers can use this to their advantage. Due to the long-lasting but low sun angle in summer, it is often possible to fish excellently until late at night without additional artificial light. Likewise, air pressure or its changes play an important role. While the coastal region experiences regular weather fluctuations, the air pressure in the inland areas often remains rather constant, which positively influences the biting behavior. In the past years, the air pressure was most consistent in the valleys at the edge of the Fjäll regions.

Sport Fishing

Fishing is considered one of the most popular hobbies in Sweden. The reasons for this are certainly diverse but not surprising. On the one hand, the country’s waters are very rich in fish and freely accessible everywhere; on the other hand, anglers do not need a fishing license or other official permits. It is sufficient to purchase a fishing permit for the desired region and period, and then anyone can get started. While it is advisable to attend a fishing course, especially with regard to the protection of animals, the hurdles are generally low in Sweden. Likewise, the same liberal approach applies to driving a boat. In general: For boats under 12 meters in length and 4 meters in width, you do not need a boating license. There is no age limit for people or horsepower limit for engines.

Popular target fish for anglers include pike, perch, trout, grayling, and zander. Almost all fishing methods are used here. In addition to spin fishing and trolling, pole fishing and bottom fishing are also popular. Fly fishing and ice fishing also enjoy great popularity and a long tradition in Sweden.

Although fishing is handled very liberally, there are regional regulations to preserve and protect fish stocks and the environment. Therefore, before your fishing trip, inform yourself about any restrictions regarding fishing methods, catch limits, or areas during that time. You can find the necessary information from a regional guide or at www.svenskafiskeregler.se, www.ifiske.se, and www.fiskekartan.se.

Fishing in the Heart of Sweden

In this article, we would like to introduce you to a region as an example where we have found some of our favorite fishing waters: Jämtland. Located on the southern foothills of the Fjälls on the border with Norway. The area is very spacious with the mountains of the Fjälls, vast plains, and valleys on the edge of the mountains. However, you will only encounter a few people here; on a total area of about 38,000 square kilometers, there are just under 112,000 people. Apart from the capital city Östersund, people here mostly live in small communities and villages, which gives the landscape its own idyllic charm. The coniferous forests are rich in berries and mushrooms, and besides moose, you can also encounter reindeer, deer, Arctic foxes, wolverines, wolves, bears, and snow hares here. It is this endless and wild landscape that continues to inspire us. The Fjäll in the background, surrounded by trees, admiring the sunset while fishing in a boat on a river or lake. Due to the total population, you will rarely encounter other people at the water and can fully concentrate on yourself, the target fish, and nature. Since we enjoy spinning and trolling for pike, our favorite waters include the rivers Blädjan and Sexan, and the lakes Smedjemorasjön, Orrmosjön, and Grimsjön. The rivers can be navigated particularly well with canoes and paddleboats and offer many hiding places for predatory fish. In addition to pike, we regularly catch perch here as well. Both Smedjemorasjön and Orrmosjön are over 10km long and rather narrow. Here too, there are many hiding places in the shoreline, but also edges where the larger pike like to stay. In contrast, Grimsjön is rather roundish and has some small islands that are easy to navigate around while trolling. It is somewhat more remote, but here you are mostly alone with captivating nature. Besides a few birds and the wind in the trees, you only hear the water against the boat and the hum of your own reel.

Over 150 local angling associations in Jämtland, as well as the municipal and regional administration, take care of the fishable waters. They are responsible for the quality of the waters and the fish stocks but also organize fishing competitions and similar events.

If you have caught the travel and fishing bug and are drawn to the fishing paradise of Sweden, feel free to contact us. We will advise you on your plans and offer accommodation, equipment, and guiding tailored to your needs.

 

If you`re caught the travel and fishing bug and feel drawn to the fishinh paradise of Sweden, feel free to contact us. We`ll advise you on planning and offer accomodation, equipment and guiding tailored to your needs.

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