Salmon fishing in River Ätran

Information and accomodation

Falkenberg in Halland on the Swedish west coast. 100 km south of Gothenburg and 170 km north of Malmö.


By car: Road E6/E20. Falkenberg centre By train: Västkustbanan (West Coast Route) Malmö-Gothenburg. Falkenberg C By air: Stockholm-Halmstad. Transfer 30 km to Falkenberg.

Surroundings: The fishery covers 2,5 km of River Ätran's lower reaches from Tullbron and upstream to Laxbron. Lower reaches consists of a stretch of rapids - Garvareforsen - reserved for flyfishing only, while in the upper reaches all legal fishing methods are permitted. The fishery is centrally located. There are walking paths on both banks and a park adjoining one of them. A self-catering fishing cottage is located at Laxbron, where you must weigh your catch. There is freezer service and fishing equipments can be purchased there as well.


Ätran is a pronounced salmon river with a wild strain of salmon that reproduces naturally. Salmon may reach weights of 15 kg. Grilse weighing between 1 and 4 kg dominate the fishing in the spring and early summer.Sea trout are caught in March - April.


Fly and spin fishing. Angling with shrimp is permitted. Starting May 1, part of the stretch (Garvarebron-Tullbron) is reserved for flyfishing.


March 1 - Sept 30 Sea trout are caught in March-April. The large fresh run salmon start their migration at the end of April and is fished during May until the beginning of June. Fishing for the smaller salmon (grilse) begins in June and continues all summer. Autumn fishing (Aug - Sept) offers good and interesting sport.

Preservational work:

Since 1978, one of the world's most comprehensive liming projects is carried out in River Ätran and its tributaries. Thanks to this and to the intensive fishing conservation efforts, the wild strain of salmon in River Ätran is today reproducing naturally.


Angling regulations are found in a special brochure printed in Swedish, English and German.

Detailed information can be obtained at Falkenbergs Turistbyrå, where you also buy you fishing permit. Additional information is available from the supervisor Yrjö Häyhä at the fishing cottage at Laxbron. Here you can complete your fishing gear and hire spinning equipment.


Valid fishing permits cover the beat from Laxbron - Tullbron in Falkenberg. A special boat permit is required when a boat is hired.

Sale of permits at Falkenbergs Turistbyrå

Sightseeing and activities:

There are a several attractions and diversions in Falkenberg and vicinity. The old town is one of Sweden's best preserved old sektions. Cobble stone streets, pottery shops, museums and other attractions. Falkenberg is a wellknown resort with sandy beaches and bathing facilities. For sports enthusiasts there are opportunities for golf, tennis, bowling, table tennis, billiards, horseback riding, etc. A variety of entertainment with music and dancing several nights per week are offered in Falkenberg, which is a lively town. The surrounding countryside is ideal for excursions into the woods. There are several excellent fishing spots besides hiking -and bicycle tracks. Opportunities for shopping are very good. Ullared is one of Sweden's most frequented shopping centres. Additional information on what to do and see in Falkenberg is available at Falkenbergs Turistbyrå.


For Fishing packages, please check exemples here