It is only natural to think of fish and fishing in a city like Luleå. The city was actually founded because of the valuable salmon. Today, the moving of other cities in the area rightly attracts a lot of attention, but 300 years ago, the city of Luleå had already moved, all for the sake of the salmon. Land uplift made it difficult for the crown’s ships to collect the valuable fish in what is now Gammelstad, meaning that Luleå had to move. The salmon, the silver of the Lule River, was a cornerstone of the Swedish economy. The revenue it generated funded Uppsala University, among other things.
Today, fishing on the river is not what it once was, although salmon and trout are still caught here. However, there are even better opportunities to catch pike and perch. If you are looking for a wild salmon river, the Råne River is a beautiful option, also offering magnificent pike fishing, and opportunities to catch wild river crayfish in the autumn. Around the city of Luleå, you will find many well maintained fishing waters, both for families and enthusiasts. Lake Hertsöträsket has been adapted for accessibility, to provide a good fishing experience for those with wheelchairs or prams as well.