Eel ("Ål") Overview

Eel - Anguilla anguilla

The eel has a snake-like form with slimy skin, very small scales. The skin is gray-brown and lighter on the belly. Interestingly, the needle can actually walk on land and orient themselves to the nearest water.


The spawn and die in the Sargasso Sea.
It becomes sexually mature at 12-18 years of age, then migrates to the Sargasso Sea, and playing, and then return to Sweden.
It lives mostly in salt water, the fresh water live only females (except Kalmar).

Size and growth

The eel is endangered because of a dramatic decline of stock. According to some estimates, the stock is down to 1% in the 1970s.

The eel can get very old, there are facts that the needle can be almost 90 years.
Ålhonan can be 1.50 m long, males exceeding 51 cm.

Record size

Swedish record: 3.2 Kg.

Most efficient fishing methods

Information below is based upon thousands of real catch reports from the past two years.(Ogiltigt org-id!)
  1. Spinning - - No bait worked -
  2. Angling - Mask
  3. Angling - Dead fish
  4. Trolling - Wobbler small (0-10 cm)
  5. Rowing boat trolling - Bread
  6. Angling - Shrimp
  7. Frog fishing - Mask
  8. Spinning - Spinners between (6-12 grams)
  9. Fly fishing (one handed) - Fly - Boobies
  1. Angling - Sand Worm / Snail

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