A true fishing story: the world’s largest sea trout weighing 19.85 kg was caught in the Lakselva River in Porsanger! Porsanger boasts 4,000 fishing lakes, so there’s plenty of room for you and your fishing rod. Come in summer and fish under the Midnight Sun, or in late winter for ice fishing.
Four thousand fishing lakes lie dotted throughout a landscape of woods and mountain plateaus. In many places, one lake runs almost into another, with only a stream between them. The countryside is virtually deserted, so you are alone with the rich birdlife and the reindeer grazing in their summer pastures.
Trout, Arctic char and more can be fished in the area
There are three salmon rivers in Porsanger, as well as many other rivers where sea char and sea trout run. Most of the lakes in this part of the country, however, contain freshwater trout or Arctic char. In some lakes in the southern-most part of Porsanger you’ll also find species more common in eastern regions of Norway, such as common whitefish, grayling and pike.
Practical information on visiting Porsanger
This municipality is located south of the North Cape but north of Karasjok with Lakselv as it’s central settlement. Lakselv has an airport so can be accessed by air. If driving, Lakselv is found on the main arterial route through Northern Norway, the E6.
There are campsites offering simple and cheap as well as more comfortable accommodation options, and in Lakselv you will find hotels, bars and restaurants. From Banak airport (Lakselv) there are regular flights to Alta, Tromsø and Oslo.
The best times to visit Porsanger are during the snowless months. Usually by June sections or whole lakes are no longer ice covered and are accessible.
By July into August, warm periods can waft in from Russia bringing cloudless days and temperatures into the 20s or even over 30 degrees Celsius. Beware of the mosquitos, horse flies and midges during warm summer evenings.
From late May through to mid August there is no darkness so you can fish all night if you wish. September and October are also generally ice free months although frost and ice will start to creep in through October.
Visit Porsanger have a great webpage with all the information you need about the area.
A record trout was caught in the region
In 2005, a local sports angler from Porsanger caught an enormous sea trout. After a marathon two-and-a-half hours’ struggle, Ken-Gøran Grøtte Pedersen finally managed to land the gigantic fish. Many hours passed before it could be weighed, when it tipped the scales at 19.85 kg (44 lbs), having probably weighed over 21 kg (46 lbs) when caught. You can study casts of the fish in Porsanger town hall.
Summer fishing is very popular
Inland fishing in Porsanger is relatively undiscovered, so you’ll encounter few other people when heading inland for the lakes. It’s more than likely that you’ll find a lake all to yourself. In summer it stays light 24 hours a day, so you can fish right round the clock if the fish are biting.
Ice fishing is best done in early Spring
Towards the tail-end of winter when all the lakes are covered in ice, the sun has returned and the snow lies deep, it is time for ice-fishing. Head out onto the ice by snowmobile or on skis, drill a hole, and you’re in business. In April the days are long, the weather mild, and it’s more enjoyable staying outdoors for longer.
A Fishing licence is really important to have
Most of the fishing lakes in Porsanger are owned by the organisation Finnmarkseiendommen (FeFo), which again is owned by the inhabitants of Finnmark. If you live outside Finnmark, you will need to purchase a local fishing licence from Fefo. It’s best to do this online, which makes it a bit cheaper, but fishing licences can also be purchased from a number of sales outlets in Porsanger. To fish anadromous fish (species which spend all or some of their lives in salt water but return to freshwater rivers and lakes to spawn), you will also need to pay a national fishing licence fee. There are slightly different rules for people living in Finnmark.
There is more to do in Porsanger than just fishing
The Porsangerfjord is a broad fjord with a myriad of islands. The many lakes and marshes scattered throughout the rolling mountain plateau landscape around the fjord are home to rare feathered summer guests, including the best known, and most directly threatened species, the dwarf goose. The remarkable rock formations along the fjord side are due to a belt of Dolomite that runs through the area. Porsanger is also known for its amazing abundance of golden cloudberries which ripen in late summer.
Ask the locals to find the best secluded fishing lakes
The tourist information centre in Porsanger, Porsangerfjord Travel, is a good place to go for advice if you fancy a fishing lake all to yourself. The people there are highly knowledgeable about local fishing shelters, walking trails, transport facilities and fishing licences. They can also create a sports angling package for you with local fishing guides. Fly-fishing courses for novices are also available.
Porsanger is in the midsts of Finnmark
Porsanger is a fine evening’s drive from Nordkapp (the North Cape). The Sami capital Karasjok, the world’s northernmost city Hammerfest, the National Tourist Route to Havøysund and the rock carvings in Alta are also within comfortable distance of Porsanger.