Cast Your Line in Scandinavia

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One of the most remarkable places to fish in Scandinavia is right in the center of Stockholm, in the fast moving Strömmen channel which links the fresh water if Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea.

A clean-up program has brought salmon and sea trout back to the very heart of the Swedish capital.

Fishing salmon in Strömmen river, Stockholm
Fishing salmon in Strömmen river, Stockholm

Big salmon and sea trout can be caught almost anywhere in Sweden – in world-famous waters like the southern Mörrum River, in the large and wild rivers of the north, as well as along the coast when the fish are on their migration.

Fishing in Mörrum river
Fishing in Mörrum river

The salmon season varies between rivers, but usually starts during the summer and continues well into the autumn. The sea trout tend to arrive a little later. Both spinning and fly-fishing can produce good salmon catches, but sturdy tackle is advised.

In Norway the variety of fish and fish products is amazing, and Norwegians look on a proper fish shop as an asset to a community.

Fishmarket in Bergen, Norway. Photo; Visit Norway
Fishmarket in Bergen, Norway. Photo; Visit Norway

Norway is a country of fishermen, both commercial and anglers. The long coastline is a mecca for saltwater angling, yet freshwater angling is more popular, and there are a quarter of a million fishable inland lakes and ponds.

Grayling / Thymallus thymalius
Grayling / Thymallus thymalius

The most common of around 40 freshwater species are trout and char; in the northernmost parts, and in lakes and ponds at higher elevations, they are the only fish. Grayling and pike are more common in larger lakes and rivers in eastern and central areas.

Family icefishing in Gjøvik, Norway. Photo: Visit Norway
Family icefishing in Gjøvik, Norway. Photo: Visit Norway

Ice fishing is a prime wintertime hobby. It’s a straightforward form of angling, which requires only a bated hand line or a sjort pole and line, warm clothing and lots of patience.

Cast Your Line in Scandinavia, written by Tor Kjolberg.

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