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
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
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
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
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.
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...
© Steen Ulnits