To the north of Halmstad lies the stretch of water set aside for sea trout fishing; about ten kilometres long and varied, ranging from compact stable shallow sandy bottom where you can wade out a long way, to rocks, stones, blocks and piers to stand and fish from.
It is easy to get to the coast. By car from Halmstad the journey takes between 5 and 20 minutes to get to the fishing spots depending on what you are looking for. You can even take the bus – for example number 350 – from Halmstad north along the coast. It’s a good idea to take a fishing guide with you on the first day so that you can get right to where the fish are. Read more about fishing guides here. If you have your family with you, they might prefer to stay on the beach a little way from where you will be fishing.
Recreational fishing along the coast of the Kattegat sea area with a normal rod requires no fishing licence, but there are rules which you must comply with, which are regulated by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Foreign nationals may fish with fishing tackle in accordance with the same provisions that apply to Swedish citizens.
The following is a summary of the rules that apply when fishing along the coast:
- Fishing tackle means rods, lures and similar hand-held gear equipped with a line and not more than ten hooks
- You are allowed to retain no more than two salmon or trout per day from your catch when fishing in this manner. Fishing for salmon and trout is prohibited in the Skagerrak and Kattegat coastal areas from 1 October to 31 March. The aim of these limits is to protect stocks.
- In the Kattegat, fish must be returned if they are under the minimum size: 45 cm for salmon and trout; 30 cm for cod. Size is calculated as the distance from tip of nose to the outer point of the tail fin (total length).
- Anglers must show consideration to others who are in the area. Fishing must not be conducted in a way that interferes with other anglers. If a number of anglers want to fish at the same place at the same time, they must fish in the order in which they arrive. Fishing tackle must not be used in a manner that tangles with, or infringes upon, another angler. Do not leave anything behind that may interfere with or prevent other anglers from fishing.
- • Anglers may temporarily use someone else’s beach and water area to pull up or make fast a boat or tackle where required for fishing as long as it can be done without detriment to the owner of the beach.
- Fish of certain species caught during the period in which fishing is prohibited, with fishing tackle not authorised for the species or which is below the minimum size must immediately be released into the water, regardless of whether it is dead or alive. In other words, such fish should not be photographed or handled in such a way that their release is delayed.