Fish species along the coast
Sea trout (Salmo
Sea trout or searun brown trout are the
main target of most fishermen casting their lures and flies from
the beautiful shorelines of East-Jutland. You may find it everywhere
food is found. Come early spring fish migrate from brackish water
bays where they have spent the winter and out into the open ocean.
The combination of salty and cold water does not appeal to sea
trout - in fact it might be deadly to them.
The months of March, April and May are
traditionally the best time for saltwater sea trout but it may
be caught all year round. Most fish caught weigh in at 2-4 lbs.
with fish over 10 lbs. being regarded as big.
Summer is spent in the open ocean where
herring, sprat, sand eels, lug worms and shrimps are eaten eagerly.
During the night hunting sea trout may well be encountered but
a few feet from the shoreline - in water only inches deep. So
Come autumn and the return of cold weather
sea trout begin migrating back into the brackish bays. Sexually
mature fish will ascend the rivers to spawn while smaller and
immature trout will stay and feed all winter long in brackish
On a regular basis the sea trout fisherman
will catch silvery trout that are not sea trout. Instead he has
hooked a "steelhead" - a rainbow trout that has migrated
out into the ocean or has escaped from a fish farm. Known localities
for steelheads are Bay of Mariager in the north and Bay of Horsens
in the south.
Whitefish are salmonids like grayling but
since they tolerate brackish water they often migrate into the
salty bays where they grow bigger than is possible in freshwater.
A large population like this exists in the River Guden and the
Bay of Randers. Here they are often caught during early spring
while fishing worms on the bottom. Fish larger than 2 lbs. are
Cod and garfish
Cod is a very popular and sought after
fish along the eastcoast of Jutland. It can be caught from the
shore, from piers and from boats on flies, lures and bait. What
produces the most fish varies with time of year and locality.
Summer and winther cod should be sought
in deeper waters where temperatures are suitable for this cold
water loving fish. Spring and autumn see a lot of cod moving
into shallow water that now offers the perfect temperature. Here
they feed voraciously on their favourite diet - crunchy crabs.
And under such circumstances they are an easy prey for anglers
fishing the shoreline. Best time is the hour just after sunset.
A very popular fish with anglers, the garfish
migrates into Danish waters to spawn in April-May. The first
ones to arrive are always the biggest - often yard-long and wrist-thick.
They are fat and strong and thus put up a great fight when hooked.
After spawning in shallow water garfish
move away from the shoreline and into deeper water where summer
is pent. Migration back to the North Sea typically takes place
Flatfish and eel
Flounders that thrive equally well in saltwater
and freshwater make up the main part of any bottom anglers catch
in East-Jutland. Especially so in brackish waters like the Bay
of Mariager and the Bay of Randers. Here you will normally find
plenty of flounders lying on or near the slopes of the ship channels.
Flounders breed in spring after which they
are lean and not very tasty. In the autumn the same fish are
again fat and healthy and now provide very good eating. Flounders
typically are most active early in the morning and late in the
The small and translucent but very tasty
dab has saved the day for many an angler in East-Jutland. It
is a numerous fish that thrives in waters rich in nutrients -
like the Bay of Aarhus. Bottom fishing with lug worms usually
Especially when fishing from piers you
stand a good chance of catching eels if you are bottom fishing
with bait. Eels love to hide in all the rock crevices found here.
It is also possibe to experience good eel fishing in brackish
waters like Bay of Mariager and Bay of Randers where eels will
be found feeding in the eel grass beds. True saltwater is not
liked by eels.
- 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!