Game fishing has long been popular along the Lagan. Most anglers use lures, but there are stretches that are suitable for fly fishing. The entire stretch from just downstream of the power plant in Laholm, and out to the estuary, is about 8 km in length.
In the spring, trout rise in the river Lagan, and fine shiny newly risen salmon can be caught as early as the end of April. Salmon returning to the Lagan offer great fishing in the autumn, with fish weighing up to 14 kg and many catches of 7-8 kg.
Salmon fishing in the river Lagan has been important for the inhabitants of Laholm for a very long time. Kings, the church and ordinary people fought amongst themselves for the right to fish for the salmon. In the late 1800s about 20-30 tonnes of salmon were captured each year. At the big Karsefors rapids east of Laholm, up to 150 salmon could be caught per day. When the power station was built in the early 1900s, spawning grounds were lost and the salmon disappeared. By way of compensation, the power company started a salmon farm in Laholm – today this is one of the most modern in Europe. Nowadays around 90,000 salmon smolt are released into the Lagan river each spring.
However, because the chance of catching a salmon in the river is so good, fishing here is also very popular. Sometimes the mood here is like an international folk festival. Everyone is welcome; big or small, young or old. Glowing barbecues and salmon hanging from the trees are a common sight from the riverside path.
Laholm is picturesque! The river Lagan flows through the town of Laholm, which has 6500 inhabitants. Dating from the 1200s, with cobbled streets, beautiful old buildings, small shops, restaurants, salmon smokeries and inns, Laholm is a unique little town. Miles of sandy beaches on the coast nearby mean that the population explodes during the summer months when tourists come to enjoy everything on offer.
The fishing season in the Lagan runs from 1 March until 14 October.
Between 1-7/3 and 1-14/10, fishing is only open to holders of season tickets.