Over one hundred fishermen bought fishing permits for lake Ellidavatn in Reykjavík yesterday, the first fishing day of summer. Warm weather had caused the water temperature to rise to 9°C and “simmer with life.”
“The first men arrived before 7am. This is the annual excitement. The same geniuses come here year after year,” fishing guard Kristján Bjarnason told Morgunbladid.
“This is a party, the fishing is great,” said hobby fisher Valgeir Skagfjörd, explaining he had caught so much fish that he had stopped counting. “There is a lot of life [in the lake]; the fish are constantly showing themselves. This is the best opening in many years.”
Skagfjörd showed the reporter his catch; five sea trout and two river trout. “I didn’t sleep much last night because of my excitement,” he said.
Records indicate at least 100 fish were caught in Ellidavatn yesterday, primarily sea trout.