Fishing week on the Dalälven river
Lake Bysjön is renowned for its big pike and zander and has been attracting international anglers for many years. The fishing here is of very high quality, thanks to imaginative fishing regulations and the responsible attitude of guest anglers.
About 200 km northwest of Stockholm, near the boundary of the Färnebofjärden National Park, lies Lake Bysjön. The lake forms part of the lower course of the Dalälven river in the southeast corner of Dalarna. Anglers come here to fish bream and rudd, and the lake is ideal for perch, but most come to fish the large zander and pike.
Early spring and late autumn are best for pike, the perch is at its liveliest in the summer, and the zander is associated with late summer and early autumn. Maximum and minimum sizes apply for catches, and there is a limit to the number of fish that may be caught per day. The grayling is protected for much of the year.
The host couple at Bengts gård, Karin and Börje, are more than happy to share their extensive experience and expertise. The farm lies less than a hundred metres from the water and offers secluded and private self-catering accommodation. The house has four rooms and eight beds, a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, wireless Internet, shower, toilets, washing machine and tumble drier. Full and half-board can be booked (extra charge), but for many guests the day-to-day routine is steered by the fishing, as well as weather conditions. Meals depend on what has been caught.
Conditions could hardly be better for a fine fishing experience. Lake Bysjön and another 20 lakes nearby, a practical depth chart, exclusive fishing tips from the hosts, and modern boats (Linder 440) with their quiet and environmentally-sound four-stroke motors.
But Lake Bysjön offers more than just large fish. The osprey usually breeds within sight of the farm, the white-tailed eagle regularly soars over the area, and there is an established beaver colony in the lake. Its activities in the early summer add spice to a peaceful fishing expedition. Downstream is the Färnebofjärden National Park, known not only for its mosquitoes but also for its swarming wetlands, undisturbed landscape and a rich variety of birdlife, with several different species of woodpeckers and owls. In September 2011 the lower Dalälven river, which is also of cultural and historical interest because of early log-floating and ironworking, was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.