Fish species in lakes
Lake trout (Salmo
Lake trout belong to the same species as
do sea trout and brown trout. They only thrive in a limited number
of lakes offering cold and well oxygenated water. Of these Mossø
and Lake Glenstrup are the most famous. Lake trout may grow larger
than 20 lbs. but rarely exceed 10 lbs.
Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus
Rainbow trout are not native to Denmark
but are illegal escapees from fish farms - or legal inhabitants
of Put & Take waters. Unlike our native trout rainbow trout
spawn in spring and generally tolerate higher temperatures and
lower oxygen content.
Whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)
Whitefish are salmonids just like grayling
but they prefer slower moving water. They also prosper in lakes
or brackish water bays where they grow larger than in freshwater.
Fish larger than 2 lbs. are considered big.
Pike are the largest freshwater fish in
Denmark and may weigh over 50 lbs. Pike larger than 20 lbs. are
caught regularly but generally fish larger than 10 lbs. are considered
Pike prefer the vegetation zone near the
shoreline where they ambush their prey. The heat of summer is
usually spent in deeper and colder waters away from the shore.
Perch love the warm water of summer. They
like to hang around the vegetation in somewhat deeper water than
pike and they often hunt in packs chasing tiny fish up to the
surface. Diving gulls will indicate the action from quite a distance.
Perch larger than 2 lbs. are considered big.
A large and very tasty fish that may weigh
20 lbs. Fish larger than 10 lbs. are rare though. Pikeperch prefer
areas of the lake with hard or rocky bottom. Unlike pike they
thrive in turbid lakes where they sneak up on their prey using
their excellent sense of smell. Also they are active during night.
Pikeperch are caught using natural bait
during summer when the water is turbid. In winter trolling wobblers
in clear water can be very productive.
In many lakes eels are only legal prey
for professional fishermen using traps and longlines. But where
legal you may enjoy great fishing for eels using natural bait
- worms for the smaller narrowheaded eels and baitfish for the
larger broadheaded specimens. Mature eels migrate back towards
the Sargasso Sea to spawn during autumn.
The largest of all the cyprinids and thus
the most sought after species. It is not native to Denmark but
was introduced from South Europe by monks hundreds of years ago.
Summer temperatures are normally too low for carp to breed successfully.
Still it thrives in smaller eutrophic dams and lakes where it
may reach 20 lbs. or more.
One of the most common freshwater fish
of East-Jutland where it can be found almost everywhere - in
canals and slow moving stretches of larger rivers. It feeds mainly
on chironomid larvae that are sucked from the bottom with its
extractable mouth. A popular fish in the lower section of larger
rivers where 4-6 lbs. fish are not unheard of.
To many people tench are the most beautiful
of all freshwater fish. With its ruby red eyes and velvet soft
fins it is a very conspicuous fish that thrives in smaller ponds
and lakes with clear water and lush vegetation. Fish of 4-6 lbs.
are not uncommon and fight hard.
The silvery and red finned roach is common
to all of East-Jutland. A popular fish that always seems to be
in a taking mood. Fish larger than 1 lbs. are considered big.
- Are you planning to visit East-Jutland,
and are you uncertain as to how to approach the local fishing?
Then feel free to contact Steen
Ulnits, fisheries biologist, 20+ book author, keen fisherman,
TV producer, photographer and webmaster of this website, and
book him for guiding. You can do this on an hourly or daily basis.
Apart from travelling the Globe and guiding
trips to exotic parts of this Earth, Steen Ulnits has been fishing
the waters of East Jutland for more than 30 years.
Thus you are in good hands - be it in freshwater
or saltwater, flyfishing or spinning, walking, wading or boating!