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11lb bream - July 2019
Main fishing centres of Silkeborg, Skanderborg, Horsens and Randers are all within an easy short drive of each other. These amazingly rich waters provide great sport for big bream (into double figures) plus roach, hybrids, tench, pike, perch and zander. Keith Lidgett is our expert here and has caught bream to 14 pounds, shared 1000 pound bags and fishes here two months of the year. Use very little ground bait but feed with stewed wheat as a bulk particle. Add chopped worm for the bream. Best hook baits are worm, corn and maggots.
This is a feeder, waggler and pole paradise. Little angling pressure but you have to be adventurous when searching out swims. The Danish Lakeland provides some of the most productive coarse fishing in Europe. Fishes best from late May until early October. Fishing license/permits can be bought on line.
Note: you cannot buy bait in Denmark. Tackle shops cater for the trout and predator angler in the main.
Maggots are fine for roach on the River Guden. Stewed wheat is by far the most effective particle on rivers and lakes. Sweetcorn and worm are the best hook baits. Chopped worm in the feeder is best when fishing the bigger lakes for quality bream.
Keepnets will knock the fishing off so we advise you do not use them if you want to build up the fish in a swim. Feeding and fishing over a few days will result in more fish in your swim and the bigger bream moving in. Double figure bream are on the cards here. Get your pre bait particle into your swim either with a large feeder or a small carp spod (preferable). These waters are clear and carry a big head of coarse fish, you must get the feed in (particle) to make it work.
With no direct ferry to Denmark one must take the comfortable overnight cruise ferry with P&O Ferries Hull to Rotterdam. The drive is a relatively steady 7 to 8 hours on good roads (having a satnav does help). A long drive but it is worth it when you get there. Overnight ferries sail from Hull at 2030 hours and arrive 0800 and cabins are included. Return sailing from Rotterdam departs 2100 hours and arrives Hull 0800 hours.
A fishing licence is mandatory and can be purchased online. Permits can be bought locally and are required for most waters, different areas have different permits.
Fishing report June 2022 - Keith Lidgett
Keith is THE fishing expert on Denmark with over 50 years of experience in coarse fishing in East-Jutland. With Government imposed restrictions Keith has missed the past three years but when given the chance for a quick visit in June 2022 he certainly made the most of it.
After a cool few weeks of weather, temperatures rose, and Keith experienced his best fishing in 50 years. Fishing his favourite places in Skanderborg and Silkeborg lakes and the River Guden.
Roach, hybrids and bream were both prolific and quality. One lake even produced carp which were stocked a few years earlier.
Mainly fishing the feeder on the lakes, the Guden is a prime stick float river, Keith had big catches of roach from 1 to 2 pounds, hybrids to 1 to 5 pounds, and bream into double figures.
Bait was a mix of worm and corn, only a modest amount of ground bait as usual was needed. Keith’s bulk particle was plenty of stewed wheat.
Fishing tips: River Guden.
With a firm sandy bottom and clear shallow water with lots of streamer weed one wades out a little and trots a stick float between the streamer weed. Loose feed every trot down and it’s a fish a chuck – quality roach and rudd.
Fishing tips: Lakes.
Fish off reed beds, don’t cut them down just fold the reeds over to gain access. Again the bottom is firm sand so you only need to be knee deep. A fishing/bait platform/stand is ideal and waders essential.
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