Fishing in Northern Norway

© Ernst Furuhatt

Whether you enjoy deep sea fishing, freshwater fishing, like to fish for big species, or simply just want to relax by a small lake. Northern Norway is the place for you.

The sea outside Northern Norway is the most abundant in the world. It is here that the Gulf Stream meets the cold, nutrient-rich water of the Arctic Ocean. Each winter the North-Arctic cod migrate to Lofoten to spawn giving rise to the largest cod fisheries in the world. Coley arrives at the coast in the summer. Coastal cod, Atlantic halibut, wolffish, monkfish, haddock, red bream and many other types of fish can be found throughout the year.

Some of the best salmon rivers in the world

Northern Norway has some of the best salmon rivers in Europe, and trout and Arctic char are found in countless lakes and rivers. In some waterways, there are also Eastern species such as pike, European whitefish, grayling, and perch. Anglers are free to fish in the sea and it is easy to find accommodation or hire boats and equipment for deep-sea fishing. Freshwater fishermen can easily have a lake or river to themselves. Northern Norway is a vast area that has loads of fish.

Freshwater fishing

Information about fishing in Northern Norway

No, not a fishing license, but you need to buy a permit for that specific in order to go freshwater fishing.

People from outside of Norway may only use handheld tackle when fishing in the sea. Tourists are not permitted to make use of nets, pots, traps, lines etc.

If you are not Norwegian, you are permitted to take up to 15 kilograms of fish fillets.

Yes, besides the maximum of 15 kilograms of fish (per person). You are allowed to bring one whole trophy fish out of the country.

No, that is forbidden.