Angling Denmark in October


In many places, October is the month for the final run of the river. And maybe the month where the largest fish of the season are caught. 

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.

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. Not until next year will they mature sexually and leave the ocean for spawning in the rivers.

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.

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Danish Angling Destinations

If you want to experience Denmark and Danish fishing at its very best, take a look at these domestic destinations that I can personally recommend:


Located on the banks of the beautiful River Vejle, this intimate hotel is located very close to Billund International Airport and has its own private stretch of private river angling for brown trout and sea trout. Browns on dries during the day. Sea trout at night.



Located right on the beach at Lillebælt, the narrowest and deepest Danish strait. This location guarantees profitable summertime sea trout angling as the water here will never get too warm for fishing. The current is too strong for that to happen.



Located right on the banks of Denmark’s most prestigious salmon River Skjern where the all-time Danish salmon record was caught back in 1954: 26,5 kg heavy and 136 cm long. This remote hotel has its own private stretch of the famous river.

Gl. Avernæs


This impressive hotel is surrounded by waters offering Denmark’s most productive saltwater fishing for sea run brown trout. More than 25 years of dedicated fisheries management of local rivers has resulted in more sea trout here than anywhere else.