Angling in Denmark - West Jutland

West Jutland offers numerous famous floodplains of which Skjern A is the best known. Skern A has a good upstream migration of splendid salmon. This fish is also once again at home in other floodplain streams e.g. Storaen. Sea trout occur in almost all streams, also in the very small un-named ones. The stock of river trout, greyling and char ranges from very good to above average. brooks such as Skjern A, Vide A, Brede A, Ribe A, Omme A and Fjederholt A are particularly noteworthy. In Denmark fishing for salmon and others of its family is no exotic sport; rather one has the chance to catch superb salmon and sea trout.

Here is a brief list of salmon rivers and sea trout rivers in West Jutland:

  • Brede A: right in the south close to the German border with a variety of fish fauna e.g.salmon and sea trout
  • Gels A: good salmon family stock, salmon must be returned to water
  • Hover A: good for sea trout, often salmon too, but becoming less frequent
  • Karup A: one of the best sea trout waters in the world, salmon less so
  • Konge A: sea trout, salmon and related
  • Omme A: a tributary of Skjern A with a self-reproducing stock of sea trout: seldom salmon
  • Ribe A: a tidal water with good salmon stock, superb fish, but only Catch and Release
  • Skjern A: one of the best salmon rivers in Denmark with a worldwide reputation, plenty of salmon and sea trout from quite big to very big
  • Sneum A: an insider tip, small and typically Danish, and now better than Konge A for salmon and sea trout
  • Stor A: a salmon water which has survived hard times due to its own stock of salmon, and which yields very good catches
  • Varde A: is one of the Top 5 West Jutland salmon rivers and is a favourite address for splendid salmon
  • Vide A: varied water system, good for salmon and sea trout

Perch, pike and whiting can be caught in the lakes e.g. Karlsgarde Lake, Flynder Lake, Forby Lake, Stubbegard Lake, and also in Rinkgobing Fjord. Areas in the north and south of the Rinkgobing Fjord offer a much sought after density. One can always reckon with predator fish along the reed beds. It is advisable to attach a steel leader, also when fishing for predators.

In the herring season scores of anglers head for the best known locations, Hvide Sand and Thorsminde. Once a year herring festivals take place here. But not only herring are present. In May and June large shoals of garfish come close to the shore and can be fished in harbours and from piers.

Other species are available for sea anglers. The long sandy beaches invite surf anglers to try for flat fish; spin anglers may try their luck at sea trout with slim spoons and jerk bait; in summer there are ever more bass.

The area from the German/Danish border to just north of Esbjerg (Blavandshuk) is defined by mudflats. Here angling is dependent on the tides. At ebb long stretches are left dry and surf anglers can use this time to dig for worms. With the flood tide the fish come in with the water close to the shore. Then the angler can catch flatfish and eels. A favoured method is to fish the tidal creeks. On the islands of Romo and Fano one is even closer to the fish.

Equipment: surf rod, casting reel, sinkers, flatfish paternoster. Floating polystyrene balls above the hook keep the bait just abovee the bottom, which makes it harder for crabs to eat the bait from the hook.

On the west coast of Denmark anglers find plenty of potential for development. In the surf along the long sandy beaches he can try for flat fish. Here bass are also native; they take spoons and plugs, also mudworms.

Cutter trips go out to the White Reef from Hvide Sande and Thorsminde. The White Reef is an area of the North Sea where the bed is principally covered with the shells of white mussels (shell limestone), hence the name. Here the preferred catch is cod, which presents itself in respectable sizes. There again, other marine fish take the hook too .............

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