With one of our four boats you can explore the inland sea of Vänern and try your luck at fishing. Peter Heil!
Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Western Europe, has an average depth of 27m, but in some places reaches a depth of 106m. The lake lies in the deepest valley or prehistoric mountains, which accounts for the more than 22,000 beautiful islands, rocky reefs and rocks. Its shore measures about 2000 km. The 5648 km² surface is home to 35 different species of fish, making it Sweden’s most species-rich lake. Of course that also means that you can go fishing in many different ways.
The Vänern was originally a bay. The entire Vänern consisted of the two parts, Dalbosjön (in the west) and Värmlandssjön (in the east). It was formed when the land uplifted as the ice retreated about 10000 years ago. This land uplift separated the Vänern from the sea and thus trapping the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and trout (Salmo trutta) inside.
These fish, which normally spend part of their life cycle in the sea, now had to adapt to a life in fresh water. The numerous feeder rivers that lead into the Vänern were used as spawning grounds. Such relic stocks of Atlantic salmon in freshwater are unique to the world. The largest of the salmon species in the Vänern is the Gullspångslaxen. Some of these specimens can reach up to 20 kg, making them the largest freshwater salmon in the world. Every year, salmon and trout weighing more than 10 kg are caught in the Vänern. Nowhere in Europe is it so easy to get 5kg salmon on the hook! The most important spawning grounds for the Vänerlachs are the rivers Klarälven and Gullspångsälven.