Freshwater fishing requires a combination of local and national licences, depending on the species sought. In some locations you may also need to buy a licence from the holder of the fishing rights.Licences for freshwater fishing in rivers, lakes and streams are issued by local authorities. They are limited to a specific area and specific period of time and are generally inexpensive. They can be purchased in sports shops, convenience stores and many campsites. Angling guides can often arrange or issue these licences too.In addition, anyone over 16 years of age who wishes to fish for salmon, sea trout or Arctic char must pay a fishing fee. You can do this online at miljodirektoratet.no or at post offices in Norway. In 2012, the fee is NOK 235 for an individual or NOK 375 for a family. The fishing fee is an annual fee and is valid from 1 January until 31 December. Children under 16 years can fish without a licence in Norwegian lakes and rivers until 20 August.
Salmon anglers should be aware of local restrictions which impose a quota on the number of fish an angler can kill. There has been a sea change in attitudes to salmon in recent years. “Catch and release” is becoming increasingly widely practised. In some areas, once an angler kills a fish his fishing is over for the day. Please note that there is a total ban on eel fishing in Norway, which applies to sport anglers and commercial fishermen alike.
Whilst in Norway you share a general right of public access and enjoy access to a vast amount of countryside – mountains, forests, seashore, lakes and rivers, regardless of who owns the land. This is a cherished part of Norwegian national culture, but with it comes responsibility. Generally you can go anywhere you like on foot over uncultivated land, but please be considerate of others, take your litter with you and respect the environment. Read more about the right of access.
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You will need to purchase various, easily obtainable licences depending on where you want to go fishing in Norway. Find out more here.
Sport fishing rules and regulations: Freshwater fishing
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