this brochure, inland fishing means freshwater fishing for all freshwater
fish except salmon, sea trout and sea char. Salmon fishing means fishing
for salmon, sea trout and sea char. The term foreigner describes anyone
who is not a permanent resident of Norway. The distinction is made
according to a person's place of residence and not citizenship. People
who have been permanent residents in Norway for more than one year
are therefore entitled to the same fishing rights as Norwegians. The relevant
fishing regulations can be found in the cclnnlandsfiske i Finnmark)~ brochure.
people aged 16 years and over, must purchase a state fishing licence to
be able to fish in freshwater (the licence fee can be paid at post offices).
The licence period is from 1 April to 31 March in the following year. A
seven day licence is valid for seven days from the date of issue. In 1997,
the licence fee is NOK 90 for fishing for inland fish in rivers and
lakes where there are no anadromous salmonoids. A family fishing licence
can be purchased (couples and their children aged 16-20) for NOK 160. A
weekly licence can also be purchased, costing NOK 45 for one person and
costing NOK 60 for a family week licence.
is allowed to go sports fishing in the sea with a rod or hand line, which
means that you don't have to purchase a fishing licence or permit to fish
in the sea.
have to produce a receipt showing you have bought a fishing licence in
order to buy a fishing permit. There are two types of fishing permit in
Finnmark: one for inland fishing on government-owned land, and one for
fishing in Finnmark's salmon rivers.
Fishing permit for inland fishing
of Norway must purchase a separate fishing permit to fish inland in
Finnmark. This permit can be purchased at all post offices in the county.
The 1997 prices are as follows: 3 days NOK 105, and 1 week NOK 210. People
under 16 and over 70 do not require a fishing permit to fish. If a husband
and wife both purchase a fishing permit, one of them is entitled to a discount
of 50%. New fishing permit prices will be introduced in 1998.
fishing permits are for government owned land (land owned by the state)
all over northern Norway. Post offices, campsites and hotels in Troms and
Nordland counties have brochures giving you an overview of government-owned
land and fishing regulations in these two counties. The fishing permit
in Finnmark county is only valid within a 5 km radius along roads marked
either Hv ## or E ##. See also the section on fishing regulations for inland
fishing further on in the brochure.
permit for salmon fishing
separate fishing permit has to be purchased to fish in the salmon rivers
which are marked blue on the map. These permits can be purchased in the
vicinity of rivers. Ask at nearby kiosks, campsites, petrol stations, tourist
information offices, or sports shops. See also the '~Laksefiske i Finnmark>'
brochure, which is only available in Norwegian.
permit prices vary from NOK 60 to NOK 240 per day, and from NOK 240 to
NOK 965 per week. People under 16 can purchase the fishing permits at a
reduced price. On some rivers, foreigners can only purchase 1 day
regulations for inland fishing Where can you fish?
can only fish along a five km radius of the county's main roads. The main
roads are marked in red on the map. A whole lake can be fished even if
only part of it is inside the 5 km zone.
Finnmark Jordsalgskontor (Statskog Finn-mark Land Registry Office) can
grant dispensations for fishing outside the 5 km zone, if the applicant
fulfils one of the conditions below:
He/she must have close family in the county, i.e. parents, parents-in-law,
siblings or children.
must be in the county on business lasting more than one month.
has been invited and is fishing together with a local fisherman.
valid reasons might also apply.
Finnmark jordsalgskontor can also grant local travel agents a general permit
which allows them to take foreigners inland fishing beyond the 5 km zone.
Ask at the tourist information office, or a travel agent, if there are
companies with the general permit where you want to go.
for inland fish (char, trout, whitefish, perch and pike) is permitted all
lakes where there are both inland fish as well as salmon, sea trout and
sea char, ice fishing for inland fish can only take place in the period
between 1 January and until the thaw, and a minimum of 200 m from river
inlets and outlets.
rods and hand lines are allowed for inland fishing.
flies and spinners are permitted. The use of live
is prohibited in Norway.
for salmon fishing
the exception of the rivers Neidenelva, Grense Jakobselva, Altaelva and
Tanaelva, the following fishing regulations apply to all salmon runs:
in watercourses populated with salmon, sea trout and sea char is permitted
between 15 June and 17
Exceptions being the following rivers: Altaelva, Repparfjordelva, Borselva,
Lakselva i Porsanger and
Jakobselva, as the fishing season ends here on 31 August.
watercourses where there are no salmon, fishing for sea trout and sea char
is permitted from 15 June to 14 September.
rods and hand lines, and a maximum of three hooks are permitted (a triple
hook counts as three hooks).
use of several rods or lines simultaneously is prohibited. It is illegal
to fish using rods and hand lines in such a way that makes it probable
that fish will be foul hooked. Rods and hand lines must not be left unattended
distance between the base of the hook and the tip of the hook must not
exceed 12 mm (hook no.210).
hooks the distance must not exceed 15 mm (hook no.4/0).
can be used all season when a float or fly line is used as weight for casting.
spinners, wobblers and worms with a sinker are permitted until 10 July.
without a sinker are permitted until 31 July.
fishing regulations apply to many salmon rivers in Finnmark, i.e. one or
more of the implements mentioned above can be prohibited for the whole
or part of the fishing season. Fishing regulations for each individual
river are printed on the fishing permit.
regulations apply to the Neidenelva and Altaelva rivers and watercourses
which form national borders. Foreigners are not permitted to fish in the
following rivers; Pasvikelva, Grense Jakobselva and in all salmon
inhabited tributaries of the Tanaelva river. These rivers are coloured
yellow on the map. Information about the fishing regulations that apply
to the Tanavassdraget watercourse can be obtained from the permit vendor
or the Fylkesmannen i Finnmark (Chief Administrative Officer in Finnmark
(see address on the back page).
rivers in Finnmark are still free of the salmon parasite, Gyrodactylus
Salaris. This deadly parasite, which attacksthe young salmon, is found
in the Skibotnvassdraget watercourse in Troms, the Torneavassdraget watercourse
in Sweden/Finland, the Enare-Pasvikvassdraget watercourse and in watercourses
which drain southwards towards the Gulf of Bothnia. It's not all that far
to the rivers in Finnmark!
transmission of contamination can occur via your fishing tackle, if you
have recently been fishing in a watercourse where the parasite is present,
and your fishing tackle is still wet or damp when you start fishing
in new watercourses. Please make sure that waders, Ian-ding nets and boats
and other fishing tackle are completely dry before you move on to
a new watercourse.