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Fishing permits or other licences are not required either for deep sea fishing or fishing from the shore (although you do need a license for freshwater fishing), provided that you follow a set of simple rules.
The Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers have compiled a set of guidelines for anyone who wishes to try their luck in the Norwegian seas. These are:
In order to preserve Norwegian fish stocks we encourage everyone to avoid catching fish that are under the minimum size specified.
If you do catch a fish that is smaller than the minimum size, free it carefully from the hook and release it into the sea. If the fish is dead or is clearly not capable of surviving, you can keep it to eat.
You can read more about the regulations for sea angling in Norway at the Directorate of Fisheries’ official website.
Hunting for the biggest specimen of different species.
Fishing from your own pier
Rent a rorbu (a traditional fisherman’s cabin) in for example the Lofoten Islands or Fjord Norway and practice angling right outside your bedroom.
An increasing number of visitors are discovering the joy of fishing different species. Norway is especially suitable for species fishing thanks to the unusually large variety in the sea.
Fishing by casting a line into the sea from the shore. Rent special equipment to make longer castings and catch fish further out.
Catch and release
Live and let live: There is an increasing awareness about the importance of the life in the sea. When the catch is alive and kicking and you don’t need it for your dinner, the best option is to release it. This method enables enthusiasts to perform their favourite sport to a bigger extent.
The most common of the Norwegian fish species. You can find the biggest cod off the coast of Finnmark and Troms during winter. Nordland also has important spawn areas and there are well-known hot spots in the Northwest.
Flounder (skrubbe) and other flatfish
Mostly found in Southern Norway, but also all along the rest of the coast.
Found in Fjord Norway (Sogn & Fjordane, Møre & Romsdal) and Trøndelag.
A popular catch in the Oslofjord and other areas of Southern Norway where cod is less present than it used to be. Can be found all over the coast, but is not plentiful in the north.
The season is at the end of May and in June. Mostly present in Troms.
Found in Fjord Norway and northward.
Sea trout (sjøørret)
A popular catch in the Oslofjord and other areas.
Coalfish, saithe (sei)
The season is in May and June. Exists all along the coast. The best fishing spots are in Fjord Norway and northward.
Especially present in Trøndelag and Fjord Norway. Found in deep water.
This species lives deep down in the fjords and is therefore especially rewarding to catch.
Light tackle fishing in the autumn. The plaice can be up to 95 cm and 8 kilos.
The Norwegian coast receives numerous visiting species. The total number varies, however, a number of around 150 is often mentioned and adds to the native 200. Amongst the many interesting species are bonito (stripet pelamide), grey mullet (tykkleppet multe), and less frequently tuna (tunfisk).
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
Find more safety tips on Norwegian Maritime Authority’s website.
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