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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
About Moving Partnership Limited
Moving Partnership has been arranging removals to Sweden, Scandinavia
and Europe for over 20 years now. In that time we have established
strong connections with removals companies, both here in the UK and in
Sweden. Where possible, we partner only with those companies who are
members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) and those that are
FAIM registered. This is to ensure that you receive the highest
standards of service and customer care. Contact us today for your free
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