A history of fishing
The towns of Skanör and Falsterbo, now an upscale neighbourhood, were an important part of the Hanseatic trade area. The abundance of herring in the waters along the Skåne coastline attracted fishermen hoping to strike gold.
According to legend, herring was so rich here that you could scoop up fish with your bare hands. Skåne remains a popular destination for recreational fishing enthusiasts and for lovers of wildlife.
Fishing for everyone
There are more than 130 official fishing locations, as well as smaller, lesser known spots. You can fish all year round and use different methods such as trolling, spin fishing and fly fishing.
Fishing in Skåne is a family friendly adventure. Choose between everything from camping and small cottages to cosy B&Bs and more luxurious hotels.
Open water fishing in Skåne
The coastline of Skåne is over 400 kilometres long and offers plenty of opportunities for open water fishing.
Sit back and relax while trolling for salmon or mackerel, or head further out to sea and explore the many fishing grounds, some of which are around old shipwrecks. The waters of eastern Skåne are home to some of the largest specimens of sea trout, pike and salmon, so bring your spin or fly fishing rod. The western coast of Skåne offers fantastic cod fishing.
There are spots where you can fish for sea trout all around the long coastline and find your own spot without having to share it. Rent a boat to get further out or hire a professional guide to take you around.
Fishing for seatrout in Österlen, southeastern Skåne
Lakes in Skåne
Skåne’s 50 lakes offer different varieties of fish, and are the richest in all Sweden, attracting recreational fishers from everywhere. Inland lake fishing boasts perch, zander, pike and other varieties, and offers spectacular beauty, solitude and tranquillity.
Put & take fishing in Skåne
The most common put & take catches are char, trout and big rainbow trout. Björkadammen, Bondemölla, Lilla hålsjön and Tollerupssjön are among the most popular fishing spots, many offering food and lodging. Streams in Skåne
If you prefer fishing along a stream, Helge å, Vramsån, Almaån, Holjeån and Skräbeån are some of the most popular.
Trout, salmon and sea trout are some of the most common catches in the streams around Skåne. Skräbeån is where the world record Whitefish was caught, weighing over 5 kilograms. Sea trout over 10 kilograms have also been caught here.
Lödde å, just south of the city of Landskrona, is one of the best pike and perch waters in Europe. Pike weighing around 10 kilograms are not unusual here and the largest have weighed as much as 20 kilograms.
Fishing permits in Skåne
The Swedish coastline is open to everyone who wants to fish from land. Lake fishing requires a permit. Bear in mind that some species are protected during certain periods of the year, and that fishing is prohibited in some protected areas. Check with your local tourist office who will tell you how to obtain all necessary permits for the area, along with local recreational fishing clubs and associations who usually sell permits.