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Man fishing in a river
Man fishing in a river.
Photo: Emile Holba
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Catch your own fish in Geilo

Sport fishing is an important part of the Norwegian outdoor activity culture. The activity is suited for everyone. Geilo and Hol municipality offers lots of fishing opportunities in rivers and lakes. Fishing is relatively easily accessible — not least here in the mountain municipality in upper Hallingdal.

Fishing License Areas for Geilo Hunting and Fishing Association

The area consists of, among others, Ustedalsvassdraget river course, which passes centrally through Geilo. From Kikut and westward to Grødalen, we find several good lakes; for example, Store Hakkeset. Above the Hallingskarvet Ski Center, Halletjønn should be named. North for Haugastøl are several alternatives; and last, but not least, a 1-hour’s walk from Tuva Tourist Cabin, Skjerja tempts you with trout around one kilo.

Fishing License: Among other places, diverse sports stores, Geilo Tourism Center, accommodation companies. Free icefishing at the Ustedalsfjord, Bergsmulfjorden, Nygardsvatnet and Sløddfjorden when the ice is safe. More information: Ask at the Tourist information or a sporsstore that sell fishing licence.

Some examples of fishingwaters under Geilo JFF: The Ustedalsfjord, Veslefjorden, Grødalen, Little and Large Hakkeset, Skjerja, Svartesteintjønn, Rundetjønn, Geilotjønn, and more.

Fishing license can be bought at: Geilo Tourist Information, the sports stores, Hakkesetstølen, Haugastøl Tourist Center, Hermon Høyfjellssenter, Ustaoset petrolstation and kiosk, Knuts Hyttegrend, Øen Tourist center, Skjerja, Tuva Tourist Cabin.

Fishing tips

Remember that the ice melts late in the mountains. Waters that are in the high alpine areas, like Skorpa and Hallingskarvet, are often not free of ice before well into July. If, in addition, the late summer and fall weather is cold, the fish might not bite at all. Concentrate then on the waters that are located in the lower regions.

The availability of nutrients is often limited in the mountains, so often the waters are almost crystal clear. This results in the fish being easily frightened. Pay attention when you walk along the shore (the trout can be very close to the shore), and don't use thicker line than necessary. If you are using a colorful multifilament, you would do well to tie on a leader with a more "invisible" monofilament fishing line.

Fishing lures give generally the best outcome, especially in the mountains. Colors and variations do not necessarily mean everything — presentation is more important. Herring lures are always effective, because they are long-thrown and go deep. In less water, where distance doesn't matter so much, traditional spoon spinners, wobblers, and spinners are good.

On warm days with a lot of insects on the water surface, fly imitations could be a good choice. If you're not a dedicated fly fisherman with rod, etc, floats and flies will work just as well. Variations of Streaking Caddie almost always function as an all-round fly in most of the waters within Hol Municipality.

Mild, cloudy weather with a light breeze is a good starting point for fish to bite. Do not be swayed by categorical advice and tips. The big fish has a tendency to show up when you least expect.

Good fishing!

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