Recently our fishing guide Henrik Olsson went for two days of vertical speed jigging for char on lake Vättern with Florian Läufer and Christian Fuchert from the German fishing magazine Rute & Rolle. On the first day of fishing the char weren’t feeding actively and fishing was tough. At the end of the day, the three experienced anglers had only caught a few smaller specimens and decided on a day of zander fishing before returning to Vättern for a rematch.
“Clearly a trout, 100%! No doubt.“, Erik Degerman
“Klockren öring, 100%! Finns ingen anledning att tveka.“, Erik Degerman
Erik Degerman works as an Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Analyst, Diadromous Species for the Swedish Freshwater-Laboratory, Institute for Aquatic Recourses, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU Aqua) and can be considered an expert in identifying salmon and trout.
“There is no way that this is a salmon! Sure it might not look like a typical trout from Vättern, but it definitely is a trout…Note that we handle 3-4000 salmon and trout in a fish trap in Forshaga every year; there are always fish that deviate from the expected appearance (both in shape and coloration), and that holds true for both bred and wild fish.“, PhD Johnny Norrgård
“Jag kan inte på något vis få detta till en lax! Visserligen så har den kanske inte typiskt “Vätterutseende” men det är definitivt en öring…Kan tillägga att vi i fällan vid Forshaga hanterar 3-4000 laxar och öring årligen, det kommer fisk varje år som avviker från det förväntade i utseende (både form och färg), och det gäller både odlad och vild fisk.“, Dr. Johnny Norrgård
Dr. Johnny Norrgård has been the Coordinator of Fisheries Co-management for Lake Vättern at Karlstad University for many years, is currently fisheries manager for the lake Vänern region at Fortum Generation AB and has recently been awarded his PhD for his dissertation ”Migration and quality of landlocked Atlantic salmon smolt – Implications for conservation and management”. He has been studying the migration of salmonides for several year and posses extensive experience when it comes to identifying salmon and trout from lake Vättern.
With certainty that this is a trout, it raises the question: Is this the biggest trout caught vertical jigging in Sweden?
Many thanks to fishing photographer Florian Läufer from www.angel.fotograf.de and Christian Fuchert for the awesome photos.