Salmon ("Lax") Overview

Salmon - Salmo Salar

The salmon belongs to the species Salmonidae and is a very widespread and popular sport fish. It lives in lakes, the sea, and in rivers and streams. In Sweden, we grow salmon for release in existing wild salmon waters. The fat fin is cut off from the farmed salmon to distinguish it from the wild salmon. The adipose fin is located on the back between the dorsal fin and the star fin.

When the salmon migrates from the sea up rivers and streams, it does not eat actively, paradoxically enough, it bites at the bait anyway. The stabs can be explosive. The salmon can get very large and are very good swimmers, so it is important to have good equipment.

The salmon changes color scale depending on which period it is. It is glossy early in the season and the male goes into a so-called play suit during late summer/autumn, when it turns a golden brown color.

Wild salmon Farmed salmon


Salmon are born in rivers and streams but migrate out to sea to eat. It then returns home in the summer to the exact same place as it was born, to play and reproduce during the autumn.

Salmon have been in our oceans and rivers since time immemorial. However, the species today is an endangered species. Overfishing in our seas has led to a reduction in wild salmon populations. The large industry of farmed salmon has also meant that various diseases have spread, such as salmon lice.

Size and growth

Salmon have the same spawning behavior as trout and char. They lay the rum in the autumn on the gravel bottom, which is then hatched in the spring. The salmon can be very large, the sport fishing record for sea salmon is 28.7 kg.

Record size

Sea salmon: 28.7 kg

Lake salmon: 20.4 kg

Fishing tips

Try fishing it in places where it is current, in deep but also shallow water. The salmon thrives extra well in inlets and outlets.

Methods that have proven to work well on Laxen are spoon pull, spinner, wobbler and fly.

It becomes extra willing to cut when the water rises or falls.

Most efficient fishing methods

Information below is based upon thousands of real catch reports from the past two years.
  1. Fly fishing (one handed) - Flies - Streamers
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