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the River Skjern

Der er stor forskel på åen øverst oppe og på de nedre stræk.

Skjern Å nedre

Tre kilometer nedstrøms Albæk Bro støder Omme Å til Skjern Å, som nu er 20-30 meter bred. Her kommer selv en 14-fods stang lige pludselig til at tage sig lille ud. Der landes mange laks her i åens nederste del, og strækket har stor tiltrækning på åens fiskere. På kortet ovenfor kan du se de omtalte fiskepladser i de enkelte zoner. Brug Skjern Å-folderen til at få overblik over alle fiskepladserne i Skjern Å.

Der er stor forskel på åen øverst oppe og på de nedre stræk.

Skjern Å nedre midt

Lige inden Borris støder den vandrige Vorgod Å til og får Skjern Å til at vokse til en bredde af 10-20 meter. Strækket ned mod vejbroen ved Borriskrog rummer nogle af de dybeste partier i hele åen. Her kan med fordel bruges tunge synkeliner under forårsfiskeriet. Et stykke nedstrøms Borriskrog ændrer landskabet karakter. Væk er det bakkede landskab, der yder fiskeren en smule læ for vestenvinden. Landskabet er fladt og åbent. Fluestænger på 12-14 fod passer til den brede å og den fremherskende vestenvind.

Der er stor forskel på åen øverst oppe og på de nedre stræk.

Skjern Å øvre midt:

Efter Karstoft Ås udløb i Skjern Å vokser åen og er fra 6 op til 12 meter bred. Landskabet er fortsat bakket, og små skovstykker afløses af åbne marker. Åen snor sig som en ål, og strømmen er hurtig set med danske forhold. Korte tohåndsstænger på 11-13 fod passer fint her. Karstof Å og Døvling Bæk er okkerbelastede og vandsigtet forringes væsentlig efter disse tilløb.

Der er stor forskel på åen øverst oppe og på de nedre stræk.

Skjern Å øvre

Dette er den øvre del af den lakseførende del af Skjern Å. Strækket starter oppe ved Arnborg ved den plads, der kaldes ’Forvirringen’. Det slutter, hvor Karstoft Å løber til Skjern Å – mellem Skarrild og Sdr. Felding. Åen slynger sig her gennem et landskab, der veksler mellem hede og skov. Heroppe er Skjern Å ikke mere end 4-8 meter bred. Strømmen er hurtig, og bundens mange alknuder skaber varierede strømforhold. Korte fluestænger og korte skydeklumper passer perfekt her. Fisketrykket er moderat, så der er god plads til at afsøge store områder. Det bakkede landskab, skovområderne og åens snoede forløb gør, at man selv i den stiveste storm fra vest kan man finde steder med læ.

THE WILD RIVER SKJERN SALMON

The salmon in River Skjern is the original strain of wild salmon

The salmon moved in as the ice recedeed and formed the River Skjern valley. In other words, the salmon’s history goes more than 10,000 years back in time.

Genetically the River Skjern salmon is unique and distinguishable from other salmon stocks. Generation after generation, the wild salmonid stocks has adapted to their native stream. The river’s salmon express traits in behavior, morphology and physiology reflecting ambient environmental conditions within their home river system.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, environmental degradation caused the salmon populations in Danish rivers to decline. The number of rod caught salmon dwindled, and at a point, biologist almost considered the species extinct.

Fortunately, the salmon was saved for the future, not least thanks to many volunteers dedicated to restoring the river’s wild salmon runs. In collaboration with biologists they worked hard to conserve, restore and enhance salmon and their habitat in the River Skjern system.

Instrumental in this was a “salmon action plan” decided by the Danish government in 1993 aiming at securing the country’s remaining wild salmon stocks.

The biologists used an electric current to stun some of the few remaining wild salmon in the river in autumn when they were near to spawning. Those wild salmon were used as the hatchery brood-stock where eggs and milt were carefully stripped from the hen and cock fish respectively. The eggs were incubated in running water and the salmon fry that developed were later released into the river.

The salmon action plan and all the effort were a success as more and more salmon returned to the River Skjern. In the meantime, new spawning beds had been created and many of the former obstacles at fish farms were removed as the majority of the fish farms were closed.

Fishing Rules

On the River Skjern Association's website you can learn all about the rules for salmon fishing in River Skjern. Read more about fishing season, close season, minimum legal size, use of barbless hooks, salmon quotas, catch & release and salmon license.

Fishing Rules

On the River Skjern Association's website you can learn all about the rules for salmon fishing in River Skjern. Read more about fishing season, close season, minimum legal size, use of barbless hooks, salmon quotas, catch & release and salmon license.

Recommended fishing tackle for River Skjern

The salmon in Skjern may weigh 5, 10, 15, 20 ... kilos. Such big and strong fish will be the ultimate test for your tackle. Rods, reels, lines, and hooks must be fit for fight with big salmon. If your tackle is to light, you will be punished mercilessly!

Watch the video and learn more about adequate tackle:

Keeping fish - or releasing it

Prior to each new fishing season, a total allowable catch, or quota, is fixed for the River Skjern.

This quota is divided into two: One for large salmon (longer than 75 centimeters) and one for small salmon (salmon below 75 centimeters).

For the 2019 season the quota for large salmon will be divided in two:

1)    One half of the quota is open from the season starts 16th April.

2)    The other half will be open from 16th June.

The quota of salmon smaller than 75 centimeters is open from the day the season starts. It is legal to take (kill) one salmon per person per year as long as the fish is caught before the quota is exhausted. When the quota of the two size groups have been exhausted, only catch & release fishing is allowed. Salmon must be released as gently as possible.

Sea trout

For sea trout it is legal to keep one fish per season. Most anglers, however, release all sea trout as they need this helping hand for the stock to build up. The River Skjern anglers support the efforts to restore the river’s fish stocks and take responsibility to help conserve stocks by following the regulations on maximum catch sizes and rules for the use of barbless hooks

Keeping fish - or releasing it

Prior to each new fishing season, a total allowable catch, or quota, is fixed for the River Skjern.

This quota is divided into two: One for large salmon (longer than 75 centimeters) and one for small salmon (salmon below 75 centimeters).

For the 2019 season the quota for large salmon will be divided in two:

1)    One half of the quota is open from the season starts 16th April.

2)    The other half will be open from 16th June.

The quota of salmon smaller than 75 centimeters is open from the day the season starts. It is legal to take (kill) one salmon per person per year as long as the fish is caught before the quota is exhausted. When the quota of the two size groups have been exhausted, only catch & release fishing is allowed. Salmon must be released as gently as possible.

Sea trout

For sea trout it is legal to keep one fish per season. Most anglers, however, release all sea trout as they need this helping hand for the stock to build up. The River Skjern anglers support the efforts to restore the river’s fish stocks and take responsibility to help conserve stocks by following the regulations on maximum catch sizes and rules for the use of barbless hooks

Get started

Fishing licence

A fishing license must be purchased before fishing in the river. You can buy a day, week or annual permit. There are more than 20 anglers' associations along River Skjern. Most of them sell day and week permits. You can also sign up for the association and get an annual permit. There are also a number of consortia that have good salmon beats. To enter a consortium, you must first be on the waiting list.

See the list of all angler’s associations and consortia further down the page. Remember to buy the national fishing license as well as the local “salmon license”. In the House of the Salmon you can purchase fishing permits, national fishing license and salmon license.

Get started

Fishing licence

A fishing license must be purchased before fishing in the river. You can buy a day, week or annual permit. There are more than 20 anglers' associations along River Skjern. Most of them sell day and week permits. You can also sign up for the association and get an annual permit. There are also a number of consortia that have good salmon beats. To enter a consortium, you must first be on the waiting list.

See the list of all angler’s associations and consortia further down the page. Remember to buy the national fishing license as well as the local “salmon license”. In the House of the Salmon you can purchase fishing permits, national fishing license and salmon license.

"Quote"

"Based on his intuition, the guide suggested we'd have a go on the River Vorgod, up-stream of the railway bridge. This is one of the major tributaries to the River Skjern. My Belgium fishing friend had only made two half-hearted casts before he was into a fish. Everybody reeled in and ran to see what was going on. The guide nearly had to dive in to bring the salmon securely to the bank. And what a fish! A 90 centimeters long perfect bar of silver. The lucky angler had the fish smoked and took it back home to Belgium to sa-vour it with his fishing friends and their wives. That same evening, they planned for their next trip to the River Skjern the following year."

 

Peter Rasmussen, angler at River Skjern.Å

Good manners on the riverbank

 These unwritten do’s and don’ts are as important as the more recent regulations as they ensure the best fishing conditions for all anglers on the river. Talking to local anglers and observing their behavior on the riverbank will assist in determining local angling etiquette. When in doubt, let courtesy be your guide.

Below are a number of generally accepted principles of common courtesy and respect:

  • No stress: Part of the joy of fishing is to get away from everyday routines and the hustle and bustle of daily life. Accept that others arrived before you on your chosen stretch of river, and, as a general rule, always start behind those who are already fishing the pool.
  • Keep your distance: In case you have no other option than to start your fishing in front of a fellow angler, make sure to do so with a minimum of 100 meters between the two of you.
  • Ask: It is good manners to ask permission before you start fishing downstream of a fellow angler.
  • Keep on the move: Do not ‘freeze’ when fishing one of the recognized taking spots in the river. Take 3-5 steps between each cast in order to constantly move along the river.
  • Celebrate: If you are lucky and catch a fish, remember to enjoy the moment. In this situation, be courteous and stop your own fishing, giving other anglers a chance to fish.
  • Reel in when an angler is playing a fish: When an angler is playing a fish, as a matter of courtesy, quickly reel in so that lines don’t get tangled. You may offer assistance to the angler in landing the fish if you feel confident to do so. Otherwise, it is always appreciated if you take a series of photos during the fight and a quick photo of the fish as it is landed or released.
  • Do not prolong the ‘photo session’: If the fish is to be released, give it the best chances to survive after having been caught by releasing it quickly. Don’t lift the fish clear of the water.
  • Positive thinking: Contribute to the positive and respectful atmosphere at the river.

Respect the river and the land: Do not leave rubbish or start fires.

Hiring a fishing guide

The River Skjern is varied and so are the challenges facing the visiting salmon angler.

The upper stretches are very different compared to the lower section of the river and tackle and tactics must be adapted accordingly. If you are visiting this area for the first time, hiring a guide can be extremely worthwhile. Our experienced and skilled guides offer their expertise to individuals as well as to groups. These excellent guides work hard to ensure that you receive the best advice enabling you to have the best possible chance of landing a fish. They share skills and knowledge and provide step-by-step onsite instruction.

When you hire a guide through the House of the Salmon you are assured that the guide:
• Has great local knowledge.
• Knows the different beats very well and can point out the hot spots where salmon rest.
• Has expertise in fishing with fly or spinner.

Prices:

The price is 50 euro per hour.

Most guides expect a minimum of 3 hours.

But call and tell us your wishes and we will help you as best we can.

Contact

Angling associations

SKJERNÅDALENS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/ Bo Nielsen, Håbetsvej 15, 8700 Horsens – 96 89 70 48

LYSTFISKERFORENINGEN AF 1926
v/ Nils Svalebøg – 21 26 64 54 - email: formand@lf26.dk 

HERNING SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/ Jan Møller Jensen, Højgade 1, 7480 Vildbjerg – 40 40 22 07

IKAST SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/Erland Sørensen, Nørregade 5, 7430 Ikast – 97 15 36 39

VIDEBÆK & OMEGNS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/Karl Pedersen, Herningvej 30, Barde, 6920 Videbæk – 97 17 5573

GRINDSTED SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/Lars Pedersen, Sønderkær 167, 7190 Billund – 40 16 70 36

ØRREDKLUBBEN FREMAD
v/ Uffe Kirkegaard, Søvangen 7, 8464 Galten – 60 95 61 99

ÅRHUS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/ Henrik Mejer, Koppelsvej 12, 8220 Brabrand – 86253923

BORRIS FISKERIFORENING
v/ Ole Nyholm Knudsen, Arnborgvej 35, 6900 Skjern – 40 87 05 53

ÅRHUS SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/ Niels Ø. Olesen Tornhøjvej 128, 8260 Viby J – 27 29 18 26

Minds/Tarp Fiskerikonsortium
v/ Poul Bøjgaard, Strandby Plads 5, 3 th., 6700 Esbjerg. – 26 21 40 09

Borris – Nr. Vium Fiskeriforening
v/ Henrik Tokkesdal, Blichersgade 18, Troldhede 6920 Videbæk – 97 19 44 24

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerforening
v/ Henrik O. Jensen, Åparken 6, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 61 46 20 44

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerkonsortium
v/ Karl Søren Nedergaard Jørgensen, Bygmark 7 8520 Lystrup – 86 22 61 07

Contact

Angling associations

SKJERNÅDALENS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/ Bo Nielsen, Håbetsvej 15, 8700 Horsens – 96 89 70 48

LYSTFISKERFORENINGEN AF 1926
v/ Nils Svalebøg – 21 26 64 54 - email: formand@lf26.dk 

HERNING SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/ Jan Møller Jensen, Højgade 1, 7480 Vildbjerg – 40 40 22 07

IKAST SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/Erland Sørensen, Nørregade 5, 7430 Ikast – 97 15 36 39

VIDEBÆK & OMEGNS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/Karl Pedersen, Herningvej 30, Barde, 6920 Videbæk – 97 17 5573

GRINDSTED SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/Lars Pedersen, Sønderkær 167, 7190 Billund – 40 16 70 36

ØRREDKLUBBEN FREMAD
v/ Uffe Kirkegaard, Søvangen 7, 8464 Galten – 60 95 61 99

ÅRHUS LYSTFISKERFORENING
v/ Henrik Mejer, Koppelsvej 12, 8220 Brabrand – 86253923

BORRIS FISKERIFORENING
v/ Ole Nyholm Knudsen, Arnborgvej 35, 6900 Skjern – 40 87 05 53

ÅRHUS SPORTSFISKERFORENING
v/ Niels Ø. Olesen Tornhøjvej 128, 8260 Viby J – 27 29 18 26

Minds/Tarp Fiskerikonsortium
v/ Poul Bøjgaard, Strandby Plads 5, 3 th., 6700 Esbjerg. – 26 21 40 09

Borris – Nr. Vium Fiskeriforening
v/ Henrik Tokkesdal, Blichersgade 18, Troldhede 6920 Videbæk – 97 19 44 24

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerforening
v/ Henrik O. Jensen, Åparken 6, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 61 46 20 44

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerkonsortium
v/ Karl Søren Nedergaard Jørgensen, Bygmark 7 8520 Lystrup – 86 22 61 07

Kontaktoplysninger

Foreninger

Minds/Tarp Fiskerikonsortium
v/ Poul Bøjgaard, Strandby Plads 5, 3 th., 6700 Esbjerg. – 26 21 40 09

Borris – Nr. Vium Fiskeriforening
v/ Henrik Tokkesdal, Blichersgade 18, Troldhede 6920 Videbæk – 97 19 44 24

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerforening
v/ Henrik O. Jensen, Åparken 6, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 61 46 20 44

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerkonsortium
v/ Karl Søren Nedergaard Jørgensen, Bygmark 7 8520 Lystrup – 86 22 61 07

Enghavekonsortiet
v/ Steen Jørgen Mortensen, Haydnsvej 10, 7400 Herning – 97 22 56 25

Sportsfiskerforeningen af 1. juni 1943
v/ Niels Vestermark, Rosenvænget 5, 7400 Herning – 97 11 81 70

Skovbjerg River Lodge
v/ Ole Jørgensen, Skovbjergvej 35, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 97 19 91 91

Laksestien (Skarrild Hytteby)
v/ Tonni Kjær Jensen Lyøvej 9, Hammerum 7400 Herning – 25 47 67 20

Øster Dongstrup Fiskerforening
v/ Leif Jensen Klosterhedevej 41, 7600 Struer – 97 86 50 41

De Benhårde Pilte
v/ Kurt Malmbak Kjeldsen, Hallebyorevej 21, 4450 Jyderup

Skarrild Fiskelaug af 2011
v/ Flemming Lundberg Petersen, Stibjergvej 52, 4220 Korsør – 40536114

Vejle Sportsfiskerforening
V/ Anders Chr. Rasmussen, Engbakken 11, 7100 Vejle – 26701380

Kontaktoplysninger

Foreninger

Minds/Tarp Fiskerikonsortium
v/ Poul Bøjgaard, Strandby Plads 5, 3 th., 6700 Esbjerg. – 26 21 40 09

Borris – Nr. Vium Fiskeriforening
v/ Henrik Tokkesdal, Blichersgade 18, Troldhede 6920 Videbæk – 97 19 44 24

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerforening
v/ Henrik O. Jensen, Åparken 6, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 61 46 20 44

Sdr. Felding Lystfiskerkonsortium
v/ Karl Søren Nedergaard Jørgensen, Bygmark 7 8520 Lystrup – 86 22 61 07

Enghavekonsortiet
v/ Steen Jørgen Mortensen, Haydnsvej 10, 7400 Herning – 97 22 56 25

Sportsfiskerforeningen af 1. juni 1943
v/ Niels Vestermark, Rosenvænget 5, 7400 Herning – 97 11 81 70

Skovbjerg River Lodge
v/ Ole Jørgensen, Skovbjergvej 35, 7280 Sdr. Felding – 97 19 91 91

Laksestien (Skarrild Hytteby)
v/ Tonni Kjær Jensen Lyøvej 9, Hammerum 7400 Herning – 25 47 67 20

Øster Dongstrup Fiskerforening
v/ Leif Jensen Klosterhedevej 41, 7600 Struer – 97 86 50 41

De Benhårde Pilte
v/ Kurt Malmbak Kjeldsen, Hallebyorevej 21, 4450 Jyderup

Skarrild Fiskelaug af 2011
v/ Flemming Lundberg Petersen, Stibjergvej 52, 4220 Korsør – 40536114

Vejle Sportsfiskerforening
V/ Anders Chr. Rasmussen, Engbakken 11, 7100 Vejle – 26701380

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