From its source in Auhaus, Germany, the Schipbeek (or ‘Buurserbeek’, as it is called upstream from Diepenheim) runs across the province of Overijssel to empty into the IJssel near the A1 motorway in Deventer. Virtually all of the fish species can be found in the largely canalised stream, which is included in the VISpas.
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With an average depth of around 1 metre and a width that varies between 10 and 20 metres, the Schipbeek
is a fairly humble stream. But it almost always has a current, which can be fairly rapid – especially in the winter months, when the stream carries the most water. The water level is much lower during the dry summer months. The stream is full of aquatic plants in summer, but its banks are relatively easily accessible, with little growth and wide paths in most places. All of the dams in the Schipbeek have now been fitted with fish passage, so migratory fish like ide can swim along its entire length.
Whitefish Common species such as roach and bream are plentiful in the Schipbeek, but tench also thrive in its waters. The ‘doctor fish’ feels at home here, especially near Markelo, and specimens measuring up to 50 centimetres are not exceptional. A fixed rod is ideal in summer because of the many aquatic plants, but a light feeder rod will do in places and seasons with fewer aquatic plants. With its hard, sandy bottom, your basket is unlikely to sink out of reach. The largest minnows and bream usually swim near the junction of the stream and the IJssel, between Bathmen and Deventer. Youth fishing competitions are held in the summer in Bathmen.
An impressive bream from the Schipbeek.
Predatory fish Anglers who prefer to catch predatory fish will appreciate the large number of pike in the Schipbeek. Most specimens are 60 to 80 cm long, but there are also the occasional one-metre fish. The shallow stream makes shallow-water lures ideal, such as spinners, spinner baits, rattle plugs, shads on a light jig head, or small swim- and jerk baits. Don’t be surprised to find a wels catfish swallowing your bait, because more and more anglers are catching the predator while fishing for pike. Perch – most of which are schooling fish that measure up to 30 cm – are easiest to land with small spinners, spinner balls and plugs.
Carp The best-kept secret of the Schipbeek may well be its large population of domesticated carp, which include fish that weigh in at 30-35 pounds. Many specimens are nice and portly. Some typical hotspots for these fish include bridges, water mills and the sand pit near Diepenheim – a popular spot for anglers in general. Carp fishers generally use a static rod here, but some beautiful fish have been known to be tempted with a pen rod, or even just a bread crust.