Svärdlång

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Lake Svärdlång is part of the Dalsland channel south of and downstream of Lake Västra Silen. With a typical Dalsland character, it is one of rift valley lakes in the area. At 14 kilometres, the lake imposing length makes it one of the longest in Dalsland. Lake Svärdlång has a broader section to the north, but is for the most part stretched out and narrow, with lovely coves and islands. Surrounded by steep cliffs rushing steeply into the water, its obvious wilderness flavour is enhanced by the coniferous forest along its shores and the sparse settlement in the area. It is a very beautiful, exciting lake for both fishing and recreation.

Lake Svärdlång is a long, narrow, clear-water lake with both deeper and shallower sections. It is exciting to travel on the lake through all the narrows and passages, all of which make for excellent fishing. There are lots of shallows, islets, coves and skerries, all of which join to shape the lake’s special characteristics that, in combination with its size provide the visitor with a total wilderness experience. The views are often spectacular and lovely as the steep cliffs throw themselves into the clear water. Lake Svärdlång teems with fish with pike and perch the dominant species. There is some fine trout as well, though they are hard to persuade. This is a place for meditation and peace, a setting where you can travel a long while without meeting another person.

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About this activity

  • Type of fishing
    Enkelt fiske Större utmaning
  • Area, hectares
    492 ha / 1215 acres; greatest depth: app. 40 m.
  • About the fishing
    Spin and coarse fishing. Several types of ice-fishing. Trolling is forbidden in the lake.
  • Season
    All year. Pike from early May through November. Perch from mid-May to early September. In normal winter conditions the ice will hold from January to early March. You will get more detailed information about seasons, sites, gps-positions and the like when you have booked.
  • Nice catches
    Lake Svärdlång has always been full of fish. It has been defined by its perch fishing, primarily then for really large individuals. Stig-Allan Jeremiasson from Bengtsfors has caught several large perch in the lake, the largest in ice-fishing weighing in at almost 2.5 kg. Pike weighing nearly 12 kg have been hooked and brown trout catches have weighed in at around 6 kg. Fishing for the lake’s large perch is best done at brushwood sheaves and reefs. Some local fishermen keep such sheaves in place each year ensuring that the fishing stays at a good level at those sites. At times fish from Lake Västra Silen have wandered over to Lake Svärdlång. It happens that larger schools of Lake Vänern salmon, brown trout and char show up here as well, surprising sports fishermen with 8 kg salmon and 3-4 kg char. Ice-fishing for perch is also Lake Svärdlång has always been full of fish. It has been defined by its perch fishing, primarily then for really large individuals. Stig-Allan Jeremiasson from Bengtsfors has caught several large perch in the lake, the largest in ice-fishing weighing in at almost 2.5 kg. Pike weighing nearly 12 kg have been hooked and brown trout catches have weighed in at around 6 kg. Fishing for the lake’s large perch is best done at brushwood sheaves and reefs. Some local fishermen keep such sheaves in place each year ensuring that the fishing stays at a good level at those sites. At times fish from Lake Västra Silen have wandered over to Lake Svärdlång. It happens that larger schools of Lake Vänern salmon, brown trout and char show up here as well, surprising sports fishermen with 8 kg salmon and 3-4 kg char. Ice-fishing for perch is also excellent though it must be done with care, as there are several places in the lake where currents make the ice treacherous. In conclusion, Lake Svärdlång is a rich, exciting lake to fish in for all types of fishermen, though a boat is necessary for success.
  • Boat ramp
    Skåpafors (lake’s best slipway) 59° 1'25.21"N / 12°16'36.34"O; Skifors (simpler gravel slipway) 59° 8'19.17"N / 12°14'47.05"O.
  • Fishing regulation
    * Minimum size for brown trout is 40 cm. * Tilled fields, house lots or other fenced properties such as industrial propertied may not be entered. * In addition to these rules, the general fishing rule must be followed, including not fishing in the creeks and brooks that feed the lake. * Trolling using paravanes and deep rigs is forbidden.
  • Fishing permit
    Turistbyrån Bengtsfors