In several places, they stick to the "old"
closed fishing season, which started at the end of October. In
other places, they have adopted the "new" season, which
does not start until the middle of November.
- 10 kg pike caught on
fly in Fussing Sø near Randers.
- © photo: Steen
Sea trout and salmon
In all events, there is plenty of life
in the sea trout and salmon rivers here in October. Spawning
is rapidly drawing nearer, and the salmonoids are preparing for
this. So there is a lot of activity in every hole or bend where
the fish spend their daytime hours. Also at the places with low
water where many of their nocturnal activities take place. This
is where the spawning will occur.
The fish have now completely lost the silvery
attire they brought back from their stay at sea. Instead they
are wearing gaudy breeding attire, which in the case of the males
varies from light to dark brown. To this should be added a very
impressive hook that has emerged during their stay in the river.
The females are more subdued in their spawning attire - without
the hook and with brighter sides.
Pike and perch
The many lakes and bogs also experience
a lot of activity below the surface. The autumn pike are in very
good condition at this time, and the water temperature is perfect
for them. Surprisingly big pikes can be found very close to the
shore during the next month or so - pike that have spent the
summer in deeper and cooler water.
The perch is also in great shape right
now. It has put the spring spawning behind it, and has gained
a lot of weight during the summer's gluttony.
The big brackish water perch are now heading
for the very fresh water. They sense that winter is on its way
and do not want to run the risk of being caught in too salty
water where they cannot survive at low temperatures.
They do not want to run the risk of facing
the winter without a little padding so they are eating to their
hearts' content until the winter cold puts an end to their gluttony!
Cod and sea trout
The peak season for coastal cod is also
approaching. During the next few months they will be as close
to the shore as ever, and as always they are on the lookout for
their favourite dish - crunchy crabs!
They hoover the seaweed forests for these
delicacies, and it is just then that a reddish-yellow wobbler
moving slowly across the bottom becomes a perfect lure!
The same applies to the still silvery sea
trout. They have decided on a winter without sex - to stay in
the sea until the water becomes too cold.
Usually you will see 40-50 cm long fish
along the coasts - looking for food, even though they are extremely
well fed at this time of the year. The maxim that you can never
get enough is true for fish as well.
© Steen Ulnits