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Lauenensee - This remote mountain lake accessible by car is a fly fishing paradise. The mountain lake, although not stocked, seems to contain a wide variety of fish species - from pike and perch to trout and carp. The nice restaurant of the Lauenensee offers a small row boat for rent which is preferable to be able to fully exploit the waters of both sections of the lake. It is vital to purchase a fishing permit from the Gstaad Tourist Office, which comes at a daily cost of around 30CHF.
There is great fishing to be had in this lake for Pike, especially in the smaller pools that border the main section of the lake. Beware not to spook them as you approach, these fish tend to stay close to the banks in the refuge of the reeds and lillies. A careful stealthy approach is thus needed.
Perch are also plentiful and can be caught using a variety of techniques. We recommend small buzzers or small lures.
Arnensee - Similar to the previously mentioned Lauenensee, this mountain lake is remote and not easy to access. Located in the Gstaad region, a 2 hour trek from the small village of Feutersoey will get you to the lake. The lower part of the lake is dammed, so water is guaranteed all year round. The fishery of Feutersoey stocks the lake with Arctic Char, making the lake one of the few places in Switzerland where this fish is available. Fishing permits can be acquired from the Arnen Restaurant, found on the banks of this wonderful lake, for 25.- CHF daily, or from the Gstaad Tourist Office.
From November till mid April the lake is iced up and is suitable for ice-fishing. Apart from the large quantities of arctic char and brown trout, perch and roach can also be found here, albeit in smaller numbers.
The far end of the lake, when viewing it from the restaurant, is one of the better places to fish. There is a small river intake there which fish flock to. Use any technique that you see fit, although we reported a good deal of success using pink/orange lures for the arctic char, as well as great success using dry flies - conditions permitting.