Let an expert give you a quick introduction to one of the world’s best overall fishing coasts.
Øyvind Fjeldseth is special sea angling adviser at the Norwegian association of Hunters and Anglers. “Norway has unusually productive sea areas,” he states.
“Sea angling in Norway — from shore or boat — is a sport on the rise. Go angling from nearly anywhere. Visitors benefit from a willingness to share knowledge among professional fishermen and other locals. Many destinations provide all that is needed for most kinds of fishing,” he says.
Some of the first tourists in Norway, several centuries ago, came for angling. This classic sport stays popular due to great fishing on an exceptionally long and varied coastline where everyone from beginners to the trained can find their favourite fishing spot.
Come to Norway and grab the full advantages of a wild, rugged and utterly unspoilt coastline.
A cold climate combined with the warmth of the Gulf stream contributes to a nutritious ocean with a high production of plankton. Plankton rising to the surface attracts huge shoals of baitfish, followed quickly by hungry predators: a recipe for frantic sport. The fact that the fish grows faster contributes to big and strong specimen/species.
Populations of many species are actually on the increase. Norwegian fishing grounds are known for being reasonably managed/exploited, also due to rigorously enforced fishing regulations. Favourable conditions provided by the Gulf Stream remain an asset.
Fishing can be enjoyed all year round. Winter also offers great fishing opportunities, particularly for cod of record breaking proportions. The World Championship in Cod Fishing takes place by the Lofoten archipelago every year in March.
Fishing and midnight sun: During balmy summers above the Arctic Circle the sun never dips below the horizon. You can enjoy fishing in the early hours under the famous midnight sun.
In these times, when fighting pollution is a major matter, Norway stands out with its clean sea waters.
Increasingly more visitors discover the joy of fishing different species. Norway is especially suited due to its unusually large variety in the sea.
Hunting for the biggest specimen of differents species.
Rent a sea cabin (rorbu) in The Lofoten islands or other places and practice angling right outside from where you sleep.
Rent special equipment employed from shore that enables you to make longer castings in order to catch fish further out.
Live and let live: There is an increasing conscience about the importance of 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 Norwegian association for hunters and fishers 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.
Read more about the fishing regulations.
Angling is an integral part of the Norwegian lifestyle. Countless lakes and rivers and an extensive coastline means outstanding opportunities for catching a big one.
If it’s peace and quiet you are after, you can do much worse than exploring the many seemingly endless lakes and streams in Norway with a fishing rod in hand. In many cases, you will have the place all to yourself.