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Fishing in Sweden

In Sweden you will find everything that a fishing enthusiast could wish for, large fish, crystal clear sparkling waters and the beauty of the untouched scenery.Fishing is the biggest of all the outdoor activities in Sweden. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, in Sweden there is a chance to experience the fishing adventure and catch the fishing bug. Pike fishing in Sweden is among the best in the world. There are huge numbers of pike in countless lakes and rivers, as well as along the brackish water on the coast. And they weigh up to 20 kilos!

New paradise for coarse anglers.

Dedicated coarse anglers are discovering that Sweden is a guaranteed safe bet. The fantastic fishing for large Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd and Carp brings them back year after year! All the way along Sweden’s long coastline there are plenty of fighting Silver Sea Trout.The Salmon is often called the king of fish however the fighting Sea Trout is as equally strong and attractive fighter.There are fantastic opportunities for fly-fishing everywhere in Sweden – above all for Trout. In many areas, particularly in the north of the country, there is also good opportunities to catch Char, Grayling and white fish. Seasons.With over 2,000 kms from north to south the climate can be vary extremely different in parts of Sweden. In January it could be above zero chilli but free of snow and ice in the southern parts of the country but in Lapland in the far north, it may be between 20 or 30 degrees below zero with several meters of ice on the lakes. Spring normally begins in the south around March – April time, but it may be as late as June before the snow and ice begins to melt in the north. It is very important to take into consideration the great variations in the climate when you plan a fishing holiday in Sweden, especially if you are considering travelling to the north, as the waters are only ice free for around three to four months each year. In the southern parts of Sweden it’s possible to fish all year round in certain waters. With these major variations of weather it makes it difficult to give general advise when it comes to season fishing, since the climate gives very different conditions in different parts of the country. April is normally very good for spinning for pike and trout in the south, but in the north it’s the peak period for ice fishing. If you do want to come to Sweden to fish, remember to take these variations into account when deciding on where to fish and what to fish for.

Different Methods of Fishing

Fishing from a boat Fishing from a boat is much more common in Sweden than in many other countries. When you plan your fishing holiday, you should consider that fishing from a boat is not only part of the experience but can also create new possibilities. Many lakes and rivers are so big, that  fishing from a boat can allow you to reach areas not available otherwiswe whuch can create better catches. In many places it’s possible to hire a boat with or without an engine. In Sweden it is also usual to use a fish finder to make it easier to locate the best fishing areas.

Spinning Spinning is the most common and often the most effective method when fishing for predator fish. A common bait for pike, zander, salmon and trout is the wobbler, but even spinners and spoons can produce good catches. When you fish for sea trout along the coast, long thin spoons, often combined with a fly on a dropper can be rewarding.

Fly fishing Fly fishing is a very common method in Sweden. Mainly trout and grayling are caught on fly, but even char, salmon and sea trout can be caught. There is even a good chance to catch perch and pike on fly. Along the coast it’s also very popular to fish with fly for sea trout.

Coarse fishing Coarse fishing is a good method for perch, pike and zander fishermen, who use live or dead bait. The possibilities to catch big, roach, tench, bream, ide and other coarse fish are also extremely good. The reason for this could be that relatively few Swedes practice this kind of fishing. Many of the waters therefore contain extremely good amounts of course fish.

Trawling Trawling for salmon and trout is very popular especially in southern Sweden in the big lakes Vänern and Vättern. The boats for this type of fishing are normally equipped with all the tools for trawling such as down riggers, fish finders, rod holders etc.

Ice fishing Ice fishing is a very common method in the northern parts of Sweden, where the ice is extremely thick for a large part of the year. Warm clothes are of course important for this kind of fishing. A popular and exiting form of ice fishing is “kikmete”, bait watching. In this form of fishing you lie belly down on a reindeer skin that is placed on the ice and look down a hole that is bored in the ice and watch your bait until a fish comes to take it. The tackle needed for this type of fishing includes an ice drill, ice fishing rod (normally about 30 cm long), a special line that doesn’t freeze and special tiny spoons called pikar. These are often baited with maggots.

list of fish in Swedish waters

Cycling and the EuroVelo

Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020


Eurovelo Information Guide

EuroVelo incorporates existing and planned national and regional cycle routes into a single European network. It currently consists of well over 45,000 km of bike paths


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