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Winter Salmon Excitement on Sweden's Lake Vattern


The lake is immense, the salmon are fat, and the bite is good. See how these pike anglers enjoy salmon fishing, some of them for the first time.

Fishing from slippery rocks and casting into the deep waters of a large lake. It sounds a lot like the salmon fishing we do here in Wisconsin, but it's on the other side of the globe. It is kind of wonderful in that sense, that we can go after the same fish, in the same ways, using the same techniques.

One in Lake Vattern in Sweden, one in Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. The fish are big and fat and silvery, and they fight just as hard over there as they do here. It's a special thing, this big lake salmon fishing.

"Salmon fishing is,'s very monotone. Like you do the same thing over and over again. And it feels like you're fishing nowhere near the fish," says Oskar Stenberg. "And you start to hesitate yourself, all the time. And all of a sudden, everything happens at once."

Yes, that's about the same feeling you get over here, fishing from the rocks, wondering if you should have cast a foot to either side, and then...boom! Your reel starts screaming and the fight is on! That's what makes it so addicting, I think. The long periods of nothing before the fish is on, and your world explodes.

"We're going home in a couple of minutes," concludes Stenberg. "We came down here, yesterday, expecting nothing. But now we're leaving with more than we could ever wish for."

That's salmon fishing. Here or half a world away.


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