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Fishing in Denmark

It’s known for a great many things including LEGO, hygge, and awesome design – but did you know that fishing in Denmark is just as incredible? From Copenhagen’s harbor, to the northern ends of the Jutland Peninsula and the Baltic islands, there’s something for both the freshwater and saltwater angler in this Scandinavian country.

For monster Cod, Pollock, Haddock, and Mackerel head into the western-facing waters of the North Sea. On the eastern end of the country, you’ll find smaller variations of these same fish in the brackish Baltic Sea. Here, you can also add Sea Trout (Brown Trout), Pike, and Perch to your list.

If freshwater fishing is more your game, you’ll be hard pressed to find a country with more inland rivers, streams, and lakes than Denmark. No fish is more prolific here than Sea Trout and fly fishermen will enjoy the challenge of hooking one on a fly. That’s not all, though, there are also opportunities to hook into Atlantic Salmon, Zander, and Pike.

Where you go to search for a suitable charter will depend on the fish you’re targeting. For incredible coastal and freshwater fishing for Sea Trout, head to Fyn on the island of Funen. Looking for world-class Salmon fishing? The Skjern River in Western Jutland is unparalleled. If deep sea fishing for Cod is your speed, the Yellow Reef on Northern Jutland calls.
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers between the ages of 18 and 65 need to purchase a valid Danish fishing license. These are available in daily, monthly, and yearly packages. Fishing licenses are available for purchase online through the Ministry of Environment and Food, or at local post offices and tourist bureaus.

Denmark Fishing Seasons

January

Most of the fish are lethargic in January, but Burbot fishing is still solid. Check out some of the fjords and lagoons as well, you might find a few Trout lurking about.

February

Hit the shallows in search of Brown, Rainbow, and Brook Trout or go lake fishing for Pike and Zander. February is also a good time to go deep trolling for Cod.

March

Things start to pick up along the coast. Cod fishing is excellent offshore, as well as Pike and Burbot fishing in lakes and rivers.

April

Halibut get thrown into the mix, so pick an offshore charter that will take you bottom fishing. Cod fishing remains hot throughout April as well, and Garfish can be caught closer to shore.

May

Fishing really starts to heat up in both saltwater and freshwater areas. Offshore, you can target Haddock, Pollock, and Cod, while closer to shore you can catch Garfish. Lakes and rivers come alive with lots of Brown Trout, Carp, and Bream.

June

Fishing is great in June, especially really early in the morning or in the evening. Hop on a saltwater charter and target a wide range of fish, including Cod, Pollock, Haddock, Halibut, and Mackerel.

July

July is a good time to catch Mackerel around the drop-offs. You’ll also have success going after Garfish, Halibut, Flounder, Cod, Pollock, and Haddock. Fly fishing along the Stora, Skjern, and Varde rivers should reap lots of great catches as well.

August

Head to Copenhagen and check out the Cooking and Food Festival in the last week of August. You’ll get a taste of some delicious Danish cuisine and get to mingle with the locals!

September

Garfish and Mackerel can still be caught close to the drop-offs along the coast, as well as Cod a bit further out. If you’re in Copenhagen, stop by the World Music Festival and jam out.

October

Burbot, as well as Pike and Bream fishing, are hot in October. Find a freshwater guide that will take you out to one of the rivers on Jutland and get ready for a fun adventure!

November

Things start to cool down but Pike, Zander, and Burbot fishing remains hot. Sea-run Brown Trout can also be targeted along the coastal shores once they start to move back towards the rivers.

December

Celebrate the holidays in Copenhagen this year! The city is decorated and lit up with festive lights. The fishing, on the other hand, slows down quite a bit, unless you’re targeting Burbot and several other smaller freshwater species in lakes and rivers.

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