disastrous spring in northern Värmland

Yes, I´m still fishing, but....
The spring fishing in northern Värmland was extremely bad. I focussed too much on one of the big lakes. While anybody else was fishing for burbot and zander I was the only one fishing 100% pike. Even some warm and sunny spells did not activate the fish. The over 70m deep lake does have its own rules.
Another thing that irritates me a lot is the very peaty water in most of the lakes. But now I´ve finally found a lake that is much clearer  and that even delivered pike on the third cast.
Summer will finally arrive within the coming days!
       beautiful but not that fishy

10 days in Värmland #4

On Wednesday we had some diffiuculties to reach our fishing spot. Fog all over the lake. After the fog had disappeared it was sunny and completely windstill. The spinnfishing with Gustaf that day did not deliver a single fish.

The last days we focussed mainly on the deeper areas outside some bigger spawning bays.
          the last  100+ of the trip
...but where is "The 3rd. Man" ? Well, he was not seen in the boat that often. But Sweden has so much more to offer than pike fishing :)

10 days in Värmland #3

Great fishing continued. But this day we changed tactics to trolling. The lake was too big and fish could be standing anywhere.
             caught on a trolled Cisco Kid at the edge of a plateau
We were more than lucky with the weather. Only three hours of fishing in the rain. On day 5 the fishing slowed down a bit. On monday morning we replaced our big lures by small wobblers to try some trout fishing. After six hours we decided to go home for a cup of coffee. The trout were obviously not in the right mood. The pike fishing on late afternoon was very slow as well. But at least one fish showed up over 25 meter deep water.
The following day I took a pike on my biggest lure. The Double Dawg Pounder was swallowed by a 8 kilo pike.

             Double Dawg Pounder swallowed by a 8 kilo pike

10 days in Värmland #2

On day 2 and day 3 fishing madness continued. This time it was Christoph who took the big ones - three fish of 100+ ! Besides this we caught numbers of 'smaller' pikes and the only zander for the trip.

10 days in Värmland #1

Ten days of intensive pike fishing have now come to an end. The streategy to go for size instead for numbers has paid off this time. The choice of our fishing waters was made spontaneous. So thanks to all of you who provided us with some up to date information. More pictures will follow in the coming days.

1st fish of the trip - quite ok
next one
no. 3
sunset pike - the end of an amazing fishing day

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