This service will help the angler visiting the area find interesting fishing spots, shops and other activities that can be worth spending time on while staying here
DenmarkGeneral information, rules
Fishing is a popular pastime in Denmark, and water is generally easily accessed and clean.
There are plenty species to pursue, and many locations to do so.
The formal rules are few and pretty straightforward. Certain species and areas are protected by law - all year or parts of the year - while other rules are more like a general agreement.
It's customary to kill and keep fish for the pot in Denmark, but certain species are more commonly kept than others, and in particular the larger, slow growing and non-migratory fish like brown trout, pike and carp are rarely killed (and killing them is mostly seen upon with some resent by the locals), while keeping one or a couple of the numerous and migrating fish such as the sea run trout, garfish, perch, flatfish and other species is very common and done by most anglers.
Catch and release is fully legal, but should of course be done carefully and with respect for the fish. Most species have minimum sizes if you want to keep them, and the most important one is probably the 40 centimeter size for sea trout, but also the minimum size for cod (varying from 30-38 centimeters depending on location) should be respected. this official site can show you rules, minimum measures and much more.
It is obviously the easiest to get to the locations by car, but many visitors do not have access to a car during a short stay, so this guide also tries to list alternative means of transportation, and will try to cover access using a bike or public transport. The Danish system of buses and trains covers the map very well, and is usually very reliable and available even outside rush hours and workdays.
You can try to find the right train lines and bus numbers yourself using Rejseplanen provided by the Danish railways. It will tell you exactly which trains and/or buses you need and even takes walking into account. The page is available in both Danish, English and German.
To fish in Denmark you need a state license. The license is inexpensive and can be bought online or in many fishing shops and post offices.
The current price in 2013 is DKK 185.- for a year, DKK 130,- for a week and DKK 40.- for a day. That's about 25.- Euros/year, 17.50 Euros/week, 5.50 Euros/day or 34.- USD per year, 24.- USD/week, 7.50 USD/day
You can read much more about the state license and buy it online here.
The mobile site allows you to buy the license from anywhere with mobile web coverage, and can show you rules, minimum measures for the different species and even tell you if you are in a protected area plus a few more practical things.
With the state license you can fish freely on the coast and in publicly owned and administered waters - often lakes and bogs. Most streams are privately owned and licenses are administered by fishing clubs.
Most private lakes and streams require a further license often issued by the club that has bought the fishing rights. These licenses are typically bought in local fishing shops, tourist offices or on gas stations close to the location.
This coverage of Danish fishing will not deal in detail with paid fishing, but will concentrate on freely accessible waters, which can be fished with just the state license. A few of the locations may require further payment, but that will be mentioned under each location.
CitiesClick city or location name for more information.
Amager Beach (Amager Strand)
King's Forest (Kongelunden)
Northern Harbor, beach (Nordhavnen, strandstykke)
Northern Harbor, outside (Nordhavnen, stenmole)
Oresund North (Øresund nord)
Oresund South (Øresund syd)
Skraedderholmen (E20 Island) (Skrædderholmen)
Sluseholmen sluice (Sluseholmen sluse)
South Tip (Sydhavnstippen)