Sportfishing – Advise for a better fishing experience
Gotlands coast and exotic scenery with the chance to catch wild Seatrout attracts many anglers. To preserve this fine fishery for the future and show consideration to fish, nature and other anglers, there are several rules and laws to follow along with a local sportfishing culture developed by Sportfiskarna in collaboration with fishing clubs and the sportfishing industry on Gotland.
Please read through and consider the following advice and feel free to spread them on to your fellow fishing friends, by together contributing for a better fishery and a friendly atmosphere on the coast.
- Make sure to have knowledge of- and respect current fishing regulations. Respect forbidden trespassing in bird-protection areas and roads closed to public. Also regard the ‘off-road driving act’ and the ‘right of public access’.
- Please keep a fish for consumption but limit your outtake. As a rule of thumb: do not keep more fish than you intend to eat. ¨Colored¨ fish (pre- or post-spawned) should always be returned unharmed.
- Large fish are of extra importance for the rejuvenation of new trout and shall thus be released unharmed.
- If you happen to catch a stocked trout (missing adipose fin) or Rainbow trout, be happy to keep it. Keep in mind that min. length of 50 cm applies for both wild- and stocked trout.
- Handle fish that you intend to release carefully. Avoid bringing the fish on to land. Please use a net with rubber-mesh and unhook the fish with a pair of pliers in the water.
- If you want to take photos of a fish to be released, do it as quick and carefully as possible in the water, to minimize the risk of injuring the fish.
- Keep well distance to other anglers and do not go out in front of someone that is already fishing. Please talk to each other to avoid irritation.
- Keep clean and do not leave trash in nature. Please pick up plastic or other trash that you find washed up along the shore.
Take care, safety first – always and enjoy fishing!