June is the time of the light northern nights, and these definitely belong to the coastal fish - whether we are talking about the silvery sea trout or the pot-bellied cod.

Both species usually keep a low profile during daylight hours here in June. Not until darkness is approaching do they dare enter the shallow water.

Pikeperch like this fine specimen are sought after in the Silkeborg Lakes.
© photo: Steen Ulnits

The shoreline

On a quiet evening and night, it is possible both to hear and see if there are fish in the water. If so, you will experience the fish splashing more or less loudly at the surface while they are hunting. An experienced fisherman might even be able to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty the species he or she is hearing.

A cod has a more splashing sound, and therefore sounds "softer" in the darkness, whereas a sea trout is a fast fish, whose splashing usually rings out loud and clear. In any event, it is always exciting to listen to fish in the dark.

If you happen to be at the coast anyway, you might as well hunt some of the garfish that have now completed their spawning. After spawning, the garfish are more shrunken than merely lean - and ferocious for anything of a suitable size that moves. They willingly rise to a lure or fly before leaving the shallow coastal waters to forage in deeper waters over the summer.

The rivers

June is a hectic time for both fish and anglers in the rivers, because it is the month when both the biggest and smallest varieties of mayfly start swarming. This goes for the big mayfly, and for the tiny Caënis species.

In the case of the microscopic Caënis species, hooks of size 20-24 should be used, and snoods in the 0.10 class as well. If we are talking about the gigantic may fly, "Ephemera danica", of which we can be proud that it has been named after little Denmark, more sturdy tackle is needed. With a wingspan of up to 3-4cm, imitations can be made on hooks up to size 6-8.

Traditionally, the angling season for the shiny ascending fish of the rivers starts around Constitution Day (June 5). An old proverb says that the last dark kelt will meet the first silvery pringer in the mouth of the river on this very day.

However, statistics show that the first fish rise in the lower parts of the rivers more than a month earlier. And if you wait until summer is at its peak, you may easily find that the rivers are short of water. They flow low and clear, which does nothing to tempt the sea trout to leave the larders of the sea.

The lakes

If you prefer lakes and lake fishing, June is a wonderful month, particularly if you are fishing in a lake with a population of the very tasty zander or pikeperch. They will have completed their spawning in shallow water on a stony bottom - hungry after the exertion and again legal pray after their preservation in May.

For some time after their spawning they can be met near the spawning grounds. Then they will disappear again into deeper waters, where they are much more difficult to find - and catch...

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