Fishing in the rivers
Mandalselva is one of Norway's best salmon rivers, with 48 kilometers of salmon carrying river. Every year there are between 6 and 12,5 tons of salmon caught here. With a fishing rod in your hands, and the beautiful surroundings it is not hard to believe that this could be the fisherman's Eldorado.
The river is separated into four zones, where you will find rapids, waterfalls, deep pools, lake and slow flowing river. The variations in the river make this an exciting place to fish with flies, lures and worms.
Three of the four zones, zone 1, 3 and 4, are open zones. That means that you can fish freely within the zone. Zone 1 starts in Mandal center, which means you can fish straight from the pier if you wish.
Zone 2 is divided into several part-zones with separate advantages. You can for example get a whole zone to yourself, fish in a waterfall or a private camp ground.
The fishing season for all four zones starts June 1st and last until august 31st, with the exception of zone 4 where the season last until September 15th. How to get your fishing license and other information is available at the Mandalselva webpage.
To the west of Mandalselva you will find the beautiful Audnaelva, which runs from the sea and all the way up to Ytre Øydnavann 35 km inland. Audna was the first of the rivers in the region who introduced salmon. Audnaelva offers varied fishing opportunities, and there is a fishing spot adapted for the disabled. In addition to salmon you can fish for brown trout. During a regular good year there are 2,5 tons of salmon and sea trout caught in Audna.
Fishing at sea
There are many wonderful fishing possibilities along the southern coast. Take a boat out to sea between Lindesnes and Mandal and it won't take you long before the fish will bite. You can expect to catch both cod, mackerel and coalfish.
The archipelago is a perfect place for fishing adventures, either you want to go out with a boat or try your luck from the shore. There are a wide number of islets, reefs and sheltered fjords which makes it very possible to find your own, secret, fishing paradise.
In the mountain areas in Åseral you will find several small lakes full of mountain trout. If you find yourself in the right place at the right time you can be so lucky to catch a great dinner. On Åseral kommune webpages you will find maps and information about fishing licenses.
The opportunities for fishing in Marnardal are plentiful. In many of the municipality's 460 small lakes you can find trout, and in some you can also find perch. In most of these lakes you can fish freely with your fishing rod from land, and in some lakes you can fish from a boat. In the rest of these lakes you need a fishing license, which you can acquire from the landowner or the nearest fuel station or shop. For more Information, check out Marnardal kommunes webpage.
Lindesnes have a joint fishing license for all the small lakes in the municipality. More information and maps, check out Lindesnes kommune webpage.
In Audnedal you will find a lot of fish, especially trout and perch. In Øvre Øydnavann it is free for everyone to fish with both rod and net.
In the woods surronding Mandal you will also find some good fishing opportunities. In Møglandsvannet and the accompanying waters surroning you will need a fishing license. For fishing in the rest of the small lakes you need to contact the landowner. More information is available at the webpage for Mandal kommune.
Want to learn more about fishing in the river, the sea or in a lake? Ryan Marchese at AnglerPilot is a fishingguide that will teach you some tricks about how, and where, to catch the best fish.