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Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Swedish Travel & Tourism Council
11 Montagu Place
London, W1H2AL

Tel: 020 7870 5603
Fax: 020 7724 5872


With its 96,000 lakes, countless streams and rivers, and a 5,000-mile coastline, Sweden is a prime catch for the dedicated angler. Every year its unpolluted crystal-clear waters yield giant-size fish, and whatever your favourite catch, or whichever type of fishing you prefer, you’re almost certain to find an angler’s luck.

Swedenis some 1,000 miles long from north to south, so it has widely differing climates and a great variety of fish. But big salmon and sea trout can be caught almost anywhere – even right in the centre of Stockholm, where the fishing is free of charge.

Some of the most spectacular salmon fishing can be enjoyed in the fast-flowing rivers of Sweden’s Arctic region, where fish of up to 23 kg (50 lb) have been caught.

Other game species like brown trout, Arctic char, grayling and whitefish (a little-known member of the salmon family) can be caught virtually all over the country.

Perhaps the most unusual game fish is the fast-growing landlocked salmon found in Lake Vättern.

Pictured left is Matt Hayes in Västervik

Swedish anglers tend to class pike, perch and zander as game species, and the pike fishing is certainly of the highest international standard.

Pike can be caught in a countless number of lakes, many of them holding really large fish, and plenty of pike of more than 15 kg (33 lb) are caught every year.

Unusually, pike, perch, zander and other normally fresh-water species are caught not only in the lakes and rivers but also in the brackish water of the Baltic Sea, including the Stockholm archipelago. In 2000, for example, the Västervik area on the east coast produced record pike of more than 20 kg (44 lb), bream of 4.8 kg (10.6 lb), and perch of 1.9 kg (4.1 lb).

Many lakes and rivers in the southern half of Sweden provide some top-class coarse fishing for familiar species like roach, bream, tench, and the less well-known burbot.

Pictured is Mick Brown in Västervik

Perhaps the best thing about coarse fishing in Sweden is that the fish are generally large.

Some of Sweden’s best sea fishing can be enjoyed along the west coast, where well-equipped tour boats take anglers out for some exciting deep-sea sport.

Cod, pollack and mackerel are the most common catches, while fishing from a small boat closer to land can also produce catches of cod, mackerel and whiting, and fighting sea trout can be caught almost anywhere along the coast.

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