Around 1.6 million people enjoy recreational fishing in Sweden. Good quality water is abundant – there are 95,700 lakes across the country, the majority of which are suitable for fishing. What may come as a surprise however is that the city of Stockholm has some excellent spots for fishing. Learn more about the top fishing spots in Stockholm.
The Söderström that runs through Stockholm to Lake Mälaren and then out to the Baltic sea, is popular with seasoned fishermen as well as families looking to spend the day catching the odd fish whilst watching the world go by.
There are also plenty of lakes and waterways that offer more secluded fishing. If you are new to fishing, it is also worth booking a fishing tour where a guide can show you the best places in the archipelago.
The Stockholm archipelago of Gålö, often known as Stockholm’s Garden of Paradise, is a beautiful nature reserve. It is the perfect place to spend time fishing with your family, teaching children basic fishing skills like how to cast. The waters are generally very calm and you won’t find big crowds of people, even in the summer months. You don’t need a special fishing licence to fish at Gålö and there are several places to purchase bait or equipment if you need it. The waters are abundant with herring and perch. Gålö also has the reputation for having the world’s best pike. In the summer and autumn months you will also find plenty of sea trout.
Ringsjön Lake is a lovely secluded spot that is perfect for fishing away from the crowds. It is a great place to spend the day fishing and if you don’t manage to catch anything, there is an outstanding deli on the shores where you can stop by for lunch. The lake is open for fishing all year round, but if you’re looking for pike or perch, you’re best to visit between June and September. Eel and bream are also plentiful at Ringsjön as well as rainbow trout.
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Hammarby Sjöstad is actually part of Stockholm’s inner city. During the 1990s, “Hammarby Lake City” was a very run down residential and industrial area, but thanks to a major urban development project, Hammarby has now become one of Stockholm’s coolest places to live. The waters are now pristine too and full of fish. You don’t need a licence to fish in the area and can easily set up for the day from the banks of the water or from one of the bridges. You will find plenty of trout in and around Hammarby Sjöstad and if you’re really lucky you’ll be able to catch a salmon that is just passing through.
The waters in and around Stockholm are pristine and full of beautiful fish. Whether you are a keen fisherman or just looking for a fun day out with your family, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy the fishing experience and maybe even catch something special.
Top Fishing Spots in Stockholm, written exclusively for Daily Scandinavian by Karoline Gore. Karoline is a freelance writer from Stoke on Trent in the UK who left the corporate grind when she started a family and has never looked back. She enjoys contributing to a range of online publications on the topics that are important to her.
Feature image (on top): Gålö, Photo: Visit Stockholm