Saturday, 26 April 2014

Removals to Sweden: Fishing in Sweden

If fishing is your favourite hobby, then your removals to Sweden should have you reeling with excitement. Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, with 4 million keen anglers spending £3 billion on equipment and travel to fishing destinations, and this passion is not lost on the Swedes. With over 3,200 kilometres of coastline, some vast lakes and mile upon mile of waterway and canal, Swedes while away many an afternoon either waist deep in water or hanging over the side of a boat.

In this moving to Sweden article, we’ll be taking a look at all things fishy. From organised activities on the Baltic, to lake or river fishing with friends or family. If your house move is going to see you living close to the coast, or to any of the great Swedish lakes, we hope you enjoy our guide to angling in Sweden.

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Where Can I Fish in Sweden?

From a fisherman’s perspective, one of the truly great things about Sweden is that you are never to far from water. From Jokkmok and Kiruna in the north to Jönköpping and Växjö in the south, rivers and streams connecting the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic with the waterways of Norway, crisscross the country.

Throughout the country, fish stocks are high, so there is little or no restriction to fishing as long as you have the required permit. The exception to this is a warning over eel stocks in the Baltic. Lake fishing, river fishing, and coastal fishing are all allowed and encouraged in Sweden. Lake Vänern in the south west of the country is as good a place as anywhere to start. At 5600 sq km, it is the largest lake in Sweden and the third largest in the whole of Europe. The other great lakes of Sweden are Vättern in south central Sweden, Mälaren and Hjälmaren in Stockholm, Storsjön in Jämtland, Torneträsk in Kiruna, Siljan in central Sweden and Hornavan,  Akkajaure and Uddjaure in the north.

The fishing season varies south to north in Sweden with the changing climate. Usually year round in the warmer south, central Sweden is best fished April to November and the north from May to October.

What Can I Expect to Catch?

That really depends on where you are moving to in Sweden. Throughout the country, there are more than 35 different species of fish. Chief among them though are pike, zander, perch, salmon, trout and grayling. Believe it or not, even if you are moving to central Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, there is still some great fishing to be had. In Stockholm, if you find yourself anywhere near the Parliament buildings and you happen to have your rod about you, cast into the Rosenbad and see if you can catch something tasty for tea.

Around Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden you can expect to pick up catfish, cod, hake and mackerel and, inland, you can fly-fish for brown trout. If you are moving to Malmö, you might look to putting char, trout or perch on the menu. In Jokkmokk there’s fly-fishing for arctic char through to specimen hunts for giant roach whilst in Växjö you can expect to find pike and rainbow trout.

Are there Organised Tours?

The simple answer to this question is yes, and they’re not that hard to find either. At the last count we came up with 34 different courses, tours and fishing trips, and we’re fairly sure there’s a lot more than that. Fishing charters are widely available throughout Bohuslän, Halland, Skåne, Södermanland, Uppland, Västergötland and Värmland. They make regular tours of the Baltic and the larger Swedish lakes. Skilful skippers who know the area's fishing grounds can virtually guarantee a good day's catch. Many of the boats are fully equipped with food and drinks on board.

Do I need a License for Fishing in Sweden?

You need a permit to fish on most Swedish waters except for the main lakes at Vänern, Vättern, Hjälmaren, Mälaren and Storsjön. You are also free to fish along the entire Swedish coastline but there are regulations in place governing the fishing of Baltic pike. Outside of these areas, you’ll need to check with the local authority to find out what local fishing rules are in place. These rules will govern such things as minimum size, catch limits and the use of private waters. There may also be areas that are out of bounds, like the mouths of some rivers.

Is there such a thing as Extreme Fishing?

Yes and it’s alive and well in northern Sweden. Huge pike have been caught, pictured and returned to the waters here and competition is fierce among anglers to be the next record holder. From the beginning of October to mid November is the best time to fish for trophy pike. Ice fishing is also very popular, particularly in Värmland; here you’re likely to find perch, pike, rainbow and brown trout and arctic char. Ice fishing can be dangerous though, hence its inclusion under this heading. Anyone looking to fish through a hole in the ice is strongly advised never to go alone and to equip themselves properly with a pair of good winter-boots and warm clothing, as well as an ice-drill and ice-scoops (to prevent the holes freezing over), a pair of ice-picks and a rescue rope.

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