Ellišavatn is located in the outskirts of Reykjavķk and the neighbouring Kópavogur, within the boundaries of the Heišmörk outdoor recreational area.
Distance from Reykjavķk and the nearest township
The Ellišavatn is divided between the municipalities of Reykjavķk and Kópavogur. The lake can be accessed from the Heišmörk by-way, through Kópavogur and the Vatnsendi area. Accessing the Hólmsį river, a tributary to Ellišavatn, is through the Heišmörk by-way on the way to the Gunnarshólmi by-way, or turn north at the junction to the east of Gunnarshólmi. One can also park the car near the Hólmsį bridge at the Sušurlandsvegur (Ring Road to the Southern Part of Iceland), near Heišmörk, and walk either upstream or downstream.
Ellišavatn is the most popular fishing lake around the Reykjavķk area. It lies 73 mtr. above sea level and covers about 1, 8 km2 and has the maximum deep of 2 metres with an average depth of 1 metre – as strange as that sounds. This lake has two main tributaries, the rivers of Bugša and Sušurį, which are the two streams of the unified Hólmsį river further inland.
Fishing is allowed in the lake itself, Ellišavatn, at the banks of the Ellišavatn and Vatnsendi properties, as well as Hólmsį and the Nįtthagavatn lake further inland. Fishing in the Sušurį river is prohibited, as well as within the 50 metres limit from the Ellišavatn dam.
One can naturally seek accommodation in Reykjavķk, there is however a nice guesthouse at Krķunes in the Vatnsendi property, very well suited for this particular purpose. For those who prefer to fish at Hólmsį, accommodation can be found at Gunnarshólmi.
There is an excellent prospect for brown trout fishing, sea trout, sea char and even salmon. Trout has for a long time been the predominating species in the lake, however, sea trout is slowly taking over. Salmon and sea char enter the lake by the Hólmsį and the Ellišaįr, even fairly large, or up to sex pounds.
Fishermen are asked to submit fishing reports to the Veišikortiš, www.veidikortid.is.
Daily opening hours
Fishing is allowed from 07:00 to 24:00.
The season starts on the first day of summer (mid-April) and ends at 15 September.
Only fly, worm and lure are allowed.
We recommend flies such as Tailor, Mobutu, Peter Ross, Black Ghost, Dentist, etc.
Best time of the year
The catch is consistent all season, but May seems to be the popular even if the catch is equally distributed between May, June and July. The best way of catching the sea char is very early or very late in the day.
Littering is strictly forbidden and also is. That goes for regular litter as well as issues such as fish offal and fish slime. We also urge cardholders to show a good example and pick up litter left behind by somebody else. Off-road driving is strictly forbidden, as well as boating for whatever purpose, except with permission, such as from the boat rental at Krķunes. Private premises are not to be violated. Fishermen must respect the "three metres rule" wherever applicable. Sea char marked for scientific purposes shall be reported to www.laxfiskar.is
Contact / landlord:
Cardholders shall show the warden all necessary papers, including the Fishing Card and appropriate ID, if asked for. The Fishing card shall also be displayed at the front window of the fisherman's vehicle.