Fish species in the ocean
The large and silvery Atlantic salmon is
not a common catch for boat anglers in East-Jutland. If you want
to try your luck with the king of fishes, try trolling with downriggers
in deeper waters than you would for sea trout.
Best places for this kind of fishing is
the north coast of Djursland and the mouth of the Bay of Randers.
This is where all salmon bound for the River Guden have to pass.
Sea trout (Salmo
Sea trout or searun brown trout are the
main target of most fishermen in East-Jutland.
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 when fishing
close to the shoreline but it may be caught all year round. Summer
is spent in the open ocean where herring, sprat, sand eels, lug
worms and shrimps are eaten eagerly.
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
Most fish caught weigh in at 2-4 lbs. with
fish over 10 lbs. being regarded as big. Typically smaller fish
are caught in shallow water whereas larger specimens are found
in deeper water chasing herring, sprat and sand eels.
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 any kind of bait.
During 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.
Under such circumstances they are an easy
prey for boat anglers fishing close the shoreline. Best time
is the hour just after sunset. In deeper waters fish may be caught
all day long - provided you have the tackle that will get down
deep to where the fish are holding. Silvery lures ("pirks")
are favoured by Danish anglers but cod will take bait too.
Cod larger than 20 lbs. are rare these
days where heavy pressure from trawlers takes its toll.
Ling are more closely associated with the
bottom than are cod. Especially they like ship wrecks where they
can hide in the many crevices found. Ling do not hunt in open
waters as do cod and coalfish. Instead they like to ambush their
prey from their hiding places.
Ling are voracious predators that strike
hard and put up a much stronger fight than cod. In the waters
of East-Jutland ling seldom grow much bigger than 5-6 lbs.
The muscular and torpedo-shaped coalfish
does not live in the waters off East-Jutland on a regular basis
but shows up in smaller packs from time to time. And there is
never any doubt when you hook one: Coalfish are way stronger
than cod and often steal line from your reel in their first rush
Coalfish roam the open waters whereas cod
are more likely to hang around close to the bottom. Coalfish
larger than 5-6 lbs. are rare in the waters along the eastcoast..
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
A somewhat unstable summer guest that may
be encountered along the shores of East-Jutland in August-September
only. It doesn't reside here but shows up in Kattegat every now
and then on feeding sprees from the North Sea.
Best place for a rendezvous with mackerel
is the deeper waters off Anholt and Djursland.
Plaice like colder and more salty water
than the flounder and therefore should be sought in deeper water
away from the coastline. If you happen to find a patch of sandy
bottom in deep water you stand a very good chance of catching
big plaice. Fish of 2-3 lbs. are considered good fish with 4-5
pounders being real specimens.
Flounders that thrive equally well in saltwater
and freshwater make up the main part of any bottom angler's 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
The aggressive and very attractive turbot
prefers to hang around on gravel banks and slopes with a fast
current - places usually found where only boat anglers may go.
The circular turbot is a very tasty and very greedy predator
but nevertheless it is a rare and therefore highly prized catch.
Most fish will take a live sand eel or
a slice of fresh herring. They may weigh up to 20 lbs. but usually
they don't get much bigger than 5-6 lbs.
Brill are smaller than their close relatives,
the turbot. Still they are often found and caught in the same
areas - with a preference towards a softer bottom and lighter
tackle. Another distinction is the fact that brill are not as
circular as turbot.
- 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!