As many of you all know, I'm about 4000 miles from my usual haunts, slaving away in Sweden. There's a lot of water around me, but the majority of it is foreign to me: stillwater. Granted I now live between two Great Lakes and I am also very familiar with fishing saltwater, but large freshwater lakes are an entirely new fishing locale. I've only spent time fishing their tributaries.
This is the view from where we were located the other day:
The lake is quite cold, holding grayling, char, salmon, trout, pike, whitefish, sculpin, and other species. I don't have access to any form of floatation unfortunately. I have spent the great majority (read: all) of my time getting skunked here. I may have had one or two bites, but these are overshadowed by the snags. I have yet to see a fish larger than my thumb, and even the thumb-sized fish are more than happy to stay off my hook. I have had offers to fish some moving water (Hallelujah!) which I have accepted, but I really would like to catch a grayling while here, but anything to put a bend in the rod, besides a friend helping to remove some line memory, would be amazing.
A lot of these guys are seen on the water:
Unfortunately, the wind hasn't slowed enough for the water surface to be calm, so trying to see rising fish is very difficult. I have also had trouble narrowing down where the best shallows are for targeting schools of grayling (or other fish). I will hopefully be making another trip into town soon to bother the guys at the Jönköping Fiskecenter as to where I should be heading. Unfortunately I only have limited vehicle access so that tends to make it more difficult, and it seems that most the good fishing is on the other side of the lake (the one which holds the grayling is called Vättern, it's huuuge).
I'm not sure if this is a cry for help or just a request for general tips on fishing stillwater from shore or a pipedream that someone who has fished this body of water will come across this post and know what to do, but it's certainly one heck of a report gone pear-shaped... I'm not used to getting skunked this severely, it's driving me loopy!