Lake Foxen is the northern section of Lake Stora Le, a large, naturally oligotrophic, deep clear water wilderness lake. The shoreline is mostly steep and sometimes nearly inaccessible. There are many islands and skerries making the lake more interesting for fishermen. The many ready campsites are used by many canoeists when summer is at its height, but in the periods before and after the ice melts you can have the lake to yourself.
The area around Lake Foxen is mostly natural forest dominated by fir. In places there are large stands of deciduous trees providing home to many unusual plant and animal species. As the shores are largely unexploited, many bird species nest here. The lake has 16 different bird conservation areas where no one may land between April 1 and August 31.
Pike fishermen from near and far are drawn to Lake Foxen to fish pike and perch. Pikes weighing over 10 kg are common here and at times 15 kg monsters are hooked. Spring and autumn dominate spin-fishing for pike, often done by cliffs and near reefs and coves. Summertime trolling for pelagic pike is often good. An increasing number are discovering the benefits of autumn fishing, often as good as other seasons and frequently less crowded.
Perch fishing is a year round sport, though as the water warms up, the fishing peaks quickly. Late-summer spin-fishing using poppers and/or jigs on light equipment to catch perch hunting just under the surface is amazing. The fish prefer reefs and brushwood sheaves scattered on the surface.
All year, with pike from April through November and perch from May through September or October. Ice-fishing for either pike or perch can be a really exciting sport.
Lake Foxen is best known for its excellent pike and perch fishing. A number of pike weighing over 10 kg are hooked every year with some reaching as high as 15 kg have been landed. A number of perch exceeding 2 kg have been caught in the lake and I kg individuals are not unusual. A rare catch of salmon and trout has happened and in recent year catches of 4-5-kg pikeperch have been reported.
Public, open slipways are located in Töcksfors, Lennartsfors and Holmerudsfors. At Lennartsfors there is a slipway fee and rental by the day for auto and carrier.
You must carry your fishing licence and show it on request. A simple fishing licence allows no more than two rods / licence. A trolling licence allows 4 rods. There is no fee for children and youths under 16 years accompanied by a guardian. Minimum size for salmon and trout is 60 cm, for pikeperch 50 cm. Maximum size for pike is 80 cm. All fish that are too small (salmon, trout and pikeperch) must be released (C&R). The same is true for pike over 80 cm.
Fishing licence sales: Turistbyrån in Årjäng; Turistbyrån in Töcksfors (summer); Shell in Töcksfors; Sportringen Töcksfors shopping centre; Brukshandeln in Lennartsfors; and Stora Le Camping (Tolsby, Norway). Fishing licence can also be bought on www.ifiske.se .
Fishing licence prices: Day – 60 SEK (max 2 rods and no deep rigs or paravanes); Week – 250 SEK (max 2 rods and no deep rigs or paravanes); Year – 400 SEK (max 2 rods and no deep rigs or paravanes); Trolling licence – year -500 SEK (max 4 rods).