Fishing in the Ringkøbing Fjord | Herring fishing in the spring
Fisherman by the Ringkøbing Fjord

Fishing in Ringkøbing Fjord

The water in the fjord varies in salt content. The water right by the locks in Hvide Sande consists mainly of seawater but freshwater dominates the southern and northern parts of the fjord and Skjern Å's estuary. This variation in salt content also means that the type of fish varies greatly depending on which part of the fjord you go to.

Many different species of fish live in Ringkøbing Fjord. Perch, roach, pike, and the local species of whitefish called Helt dwell in the southern part of the fjord.

If you have access to a boat, there are lots of places to explore and you can create your own fishing adventure in the fjord's nooks and crannies and small lagunes. Here you are free to explore nature and let the peace desend; feel the tranquility while enjoying the silence until the fish bite. 

The fjord is inaccessible in many areas so it's a good idea to start out from some of the little fjord harbors such as Skaven Havn, Stauning Havn, and Bork Havn. When you go fishing in the fjord it is important to be aware that there are protected areas near the harbors and throughout the fjord. 

Fishing for Herring

The period from April to May is the main season for herring fishing at the water locks in Hvide Sande. This is the time when the herring migrates through the locks to spawn in the fjord. The narrow entrypoint forces the herrings to 'stand on top of eachother' and they are thereby easily caught by anglers.  

You need to attach a forerunner to your fishing line to catch herring; these can be bought at the local tackle shops. Fishing for herring is an affordable activity suited for families because anyone can join in and because there are great chances of catching something for your dinner. When catching herring, people stand shoulder to shoulder and catch a lot of fish; but do remember that you need to clean the fish afterwards! That job is almost bigger than going fishing. 

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Facts about Ringkøbing Fjord

Ringkøbing Fjord is not actually a fjord; it is really a lagoon 300 square kilometres, which makes it the biggest lagoon in Denmark - we think it is the most beatiful lagoon in Denmark as well ...

This shallow fjord with brackish water is surrounded by large coastal meadows; especially near Tipperne peninsula and Værneengene

The fjord supports many birds, fish, and people, and it includes some of the most important bird habitats in Denmark. Therefore, many areas in and around the fjord are protected. Apart from the north western corner, Ringkøbing Fjord has been declared an internationally protected area by the European Union.