Pike Fishing in Sweden – Northern Pike

South Sweden offers various opportunities for pike fishing: from smaller, shallow and turbid lakes to huge, deep and very clear lakes like Vättern. Fishing methods vary depending on the type of lake and range from pelagic vertical jigging for pike, spin- and jerkbait- fishing to trolling. The best period for pike fishing in Smaland begins in mid October and continuous through November until the ice hits and we switch to ice fishing.

The pre-spawning pike fishing in open water in early spring is usually difficult, but also very rewarding as the weight of the pike peaks during this period. A few weeks after spawning in April, the pike start feeding aggressively and are easy to catch until the water hits summer temperatures in June and the big specimens move into deeper open water. During summer we therefore offer pelagic vertical jigging for pike directly targeting big open water pike. In fall and spring we mainly focus on spin fishing.

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Pike Fishing in Sweden Gear Recommendations

Spin Fishing for Pike in Sweden

Lures: Shad Jigs 15 to 30 cm, large spinner baits, jerks, swimbaits or wobblers.

Leader: When pike fishing we prefer to use a slightly longer 1m leader to avoid damage from rolling pike. Material: titanium or 1,00 mm fluorocarbon.

Line: 0,25 to 0,35 braided line.

Rod, Reel, Line & Lure Combinations: Here some setups that we frequently use when spin fishing for big pike:

Westin Dynamic Powercast 8’6″ <130 g + spinning reel + 0,25 to 0,28mm braided line OR W8 Powercast-T 8’6″ <130 g + baitcaster reel + 0,30mm braided line + Westin Monster Vibe (65g);  Shad Teez 22cm / 27cm (100g + weight, although the bigger one is pushing it); Westin Swim 12cm (58g); Westin Jätte 19cm (65g) / 23cm (101g); Platypus 19cm (94g); Westin Monsterfly; Monster Teez 20cm (53g+weight) unrigged mount with jighead up to 30 gr or shallow screw; Mike the Pike 20cm (67g); Percy the Perch 20cm (100g)

Westin Dynamic Power shad-T  8’6″, 60 to 180g + baitcaster reel + 0,33mm braided line + Westin Jätte 23cm (101g); Shad Teez 27cm (100g + weight);  Tommy the Trout 25cm (160g)

Westin Dynamic Powercast-T; 8’6″, 120 to 260g for the heaviest lures + baitcaster reel + 0,35mm braided line + Mike the Pike 28cm (184g); Monster Teez Rigged ‘N Ready 25cm (203g); Westin Shad Teez 27cm (100g + weight)

Trolling for Pike in Sweden

Lures: Mainly big wobbler and swimbaits.

Leader: When pike fishing we prefer to use a slightly longer 1m leader to avoid damage from rolling pike. Material: titanium or 1,00 mm fluorocarbon.

Line: 0,30 to 0,35 braided line.

Rod: W3 Trolling 8’6″, 60 to 180g, well suitable for side planers + Westin Jätte; Platypus; Mike the Pike 28cm (184g) ; Monster Teez Rigged ‘N Ready 25cm (203g), Tommy the Trout 25cm (160g)