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 charter and guides

Helsingborgsbåtarna  Daily excursions from Helsingborg on three different ships.

Rååbåtarna  Daily year round fishing expeditions from the harbor in Råå, just south of Helsingborg.

Öresundsfiske  Offers daily charters year round every Tuesday to Sunday. Excellent knowledge of southern Öresund fishing. Departs from Limhamn, just south of Malmö. 

Landskronabåtarna  From Landskrona you reach the deep trenches around Ven in just 15 minutes. Depending on the season you can catch a wide variety of species such as cod, herring, mackerel, and various flatfish.

Abel fishing  With Abel fishing you can book several different guided fishing tours, from land as well as by boat. Guided by experienced fisherman Johan Abelsson you can go fishing for salmon, sea trout, pike and rainbow trout.

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.


A fisherman throws with his fishing rod at sunrise
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Inland lake fishing in Skåne boasts perch, zander, pike and other varieties.
Close up of a man's hands holding a fishingrod and bait
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Even if you are not an expert, you will still have good chances to catch fish from a dock using a simple jig or float fishing rod.
Hands holding a small metal case with fishing baits
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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. 

Around Snogeholmssjön the scenery is beautiful, and Gyllebosjön is one of the gems of Österlen. 

Hire a guide to make the most out of your time at the bigger lakes, such as Ivösjön, Finjasjön and Ringsjön to increase your chances of catching that big fish.

Put & take fishing in Skåne

The most common put & take catches are char, trout and big rainbow trout. BjörkadammenBondemöllaLilla 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.

Man fishing a foggy morning with the forest in the background
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Trout, salmon and sea trout are some of the most common catches in the streams around Skåne.
A man standing on the beach at lake Ivösjön fishing at sunset
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Fishing permits in Skåne

More fishing good to knows

Protected areas (in Swedish)

Fishing regulations (in Swedish)

Find more fishing areas on iFiske.se

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.

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