The global trend in the fishing industry and fishing tourism is to catch fish faster than it breeds. But Camp Gauto is different, and here it’s all about sustainable fishing. They don’t allow net fishing, for example, and don’t plant fish in the two lakes they own. Instead they aim to ensure the natural population is kept alive, on its own.
– I myself haven’t used a net for ten years, says Anders Marklund who runs Camp Gauto, and says that you should only take what you are going to eat and nothing more. Overfishing is becoming less common and more and more people release fish they’ve caught. So-called ‘catch-and-release’ fishing.
– It’s good that worms are prohibited in running water, he says.
Asked what his favourite dish is, Anders Marklund replies, quick as lightning:
– Fried Arctic char! It has to be freshly caught, of course, and fried in real butter.
Second on the list would be any kind of mountain fish baked on salt, and number three salmon bake with potatoes. In Gautosjö a lot revolves around fishing.
– More and more people want to come fishing in summer, in particular fly fishing, says Anders Marklund.
Gauto has welcomed tourists for more than sixty years. They come from Sweden as well as Europe. Lots of people are discovering winter fishing, but the main increase is related to snowmobiling. Guided tours, off-piste and backcountry snowmobiling have become increasingly popular. There hasn’t been much interest in hiking in the mountains nearby, but in 2014 the annual ‘Top of Arjeplog’ included a peak in the Krappes mountain area and people became aware of the area.
– But there is room for more: hunters, fishermen and snowmobilers alike, and those who prefer hiking as well, Anders Marklund concludes.
Gautosjö is located in the Lais Valley, seventy km from Arjeplog. Camp Gauto has two lakes: Bäversjön and Loppsjön, where fishing licences specific to those lakes are sold. Ragnvald Marklund started renting out cabins and boats in the late 1940s, and today there are two tourist establishments in the village that operate all year round.