Fishing in Sweden

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Home to over 100 000 lakes, rivers and canals, Sweden is a true sport fishing paradise. There are countless fishing spots in this Scandinavian country. The rivers...

Home to over 100 000 lakes, rivers and canals, Sweden is a true sport fishing paradise. There are countless fishing spots in this Scandinavian country. The rivers Mörrumså, Torne, Lanio, and the Emån are top destinations for Salmon and Brown Trout. Lakes like Mälaren and Vänern - so big it has its own weather system - have world class pike, zander, perch, trout and salmon fishing.

Sweden has an impressive 3,218 km (2,000 miles) coastline, offering great saltwater fishing in the North Sea. Whereas the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea are home to huge salmon, trout, pike and zander. 

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Sweden

Hammar

6 16,40 ft

Lake Vänern, Sweden (SWE)

From $373
Deposit non-refundable

Silver Eagle 630

4 20,67 ft

Stockholm, Sweden (SWE)

From $925
Deposit non-refundable

Tomas Henriksson - Anytec 622 SPF

5 22,97 ft

Stockholm, Sweden (SWE)

From $532
FREE Cancellation 7 days notice

Trosa Fiske

4 19,69 ft

Stockholm, Sweden (SWE)

From $715
Deposit non-refundable

Tomas Henriksson - Anytec 622 SPF

5 22,97 ft

Stockholm, Sweden (SWE)

From $587
FREE Cancellation 7 days notice

Dragsö Alucraft

3 20,00 ft

Karlskrona, Sweden (SWE)

From $392
Deposit non-refundable

Abel Salmon Catcher

3 28,50 ft

Simrishamn, Sweden (SWE)

From $607
Deposit non-refundable

Tracker Targa

4 19,03 ft

Lake Mjörn, Sweden (SWE)

From $750
Deposit non-refundable

Silver Eagle

4 20,67 ft

Stockholm, Sweden (SWE)

From $925
Deposit non-refundable

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The most popular sport fishing species in Sweden are salmon, brown trout, pike, zander and cod.

The west coast offers good deep sea fishing. The main species caught in the North Sea are cod, pollak, garfish and sea trout. On the east coast, the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea are a great place to fish for pike and sea trout beween the islands. In the deeper waters like for example Hanöbukten and the waters outside Simrishamn in southern Sweden, large salmon are caught trolling artificials or deadbait using downriggers. Vertical jigging can also be successful to fish this species.

Southern Sweden features mostly lowland lakes stocked mainly with pike, zander and perch and coarse species.

Further north, Sweden is more rugged. Surrounded by hills and lush forests, its lakes are teeming with big pike, perch, zander and brown trout.

In the Arctic Circle you can enjoy your fly fishing adventure on the Lainio and Torne river in Swedish Lapland. This is without a doubt a world class destination for salmon, arctic char, grayling and brown trout.

Top sport fishing species in Sweden

FISHING SEASON IN Sweden

Spring and Autumn, when the waters are cooler, is the best time for pike fishing in Sweden. During the hotter Summer months pike use to stay in deeper waters during the day and get active early morning and towards sunset. Summer is a great time to go perch and zander fishing though.

The Baltic Salmon season starts in Summer and you can troll for Atlantic Salmon through Autumn and Winter.

In Lapland, towards late May, the frozen rivers and lakes break up, sending huge amounts of ice cold water and ice downstream. The summer is the best time to fish for salmon in the Lainio and Torne rivers. Ah... you know what's great about fishing in late spring and summer in the Arctic Circle?: it never gets dark, so you can cast a line 24 hours a day! 

During the winter, you’ll be able to go ice fishing.

TOURISM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Discover Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. Don't miss the Royal Palace, the old town Gamla Stan, the Rosendals Trädgård or get lost in the stacks at the Stockholm Public Library.

Visit the Kalmar Castle, the Gammelstad Church Town and the Uppsala Domkyrka. Enjoy culture in Malmö like the Moderna Museet Malmö.

Learn all about Sweden's legendary Vikings: see the granbyhällen or visit the Stockholm's Viking Museum.

In winter, you can also go skiing in the Åre ski resort in Jämtland.

LEGISLATION / REGULATIONS

You must hold a valid fishing permit to fish for freshwater fish on lakes and rivers. There are no national or regional permits in Sweden: every region has its own local permits and rules.

Generally, foreigners can fish in Sweden without a license. Usually, the fishing guides in Sweden include the fishing license in the price of the trip. They also know the local regulations, which licenses you need for which body of water and bag limits.

Many waters are closed at least during May when the fish are spawning, in order to protect the stocks.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 4 people
Popular fishing techniques: Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Trolling
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $373 per day
High season price: $1118 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Sweden

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Sweden can accommodate up to 6 passangers, although most charters are for 4 people.

Typically in a charter in Sweden, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

On average, the prices for a fishing trip in Sweden are around $100 per hour. However, prices can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trip, the size of the boat, and the number of people. For shorter fishing trips and smaller boats, prices can start as low as $373 for 8 hours and 6 people. During the high season, prices can increase up to $1118 for a 8-hour-trip with 3 people.

In Sweden, you can fish:
Zander
Pike
Salmon
Brown Trout
Perch
. Fishing regulations may vary, so make sure to check them before you go to Sweden. We recommend Catch & Release, especially for undersized fish (for example using barbless hooks).

In Sweden you can do a variety of fishing methods including Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Trolling, Fly fishing, Spin Fishing, Live bait fishing. Regulations and restrictions vary depending on the species.

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