Fishing

You can fish with rod and line for saltwater species year-round, from a boat or from the shore.

You may also fish in the sea free of charge for salmon, sea trout and sea char year-round, using a rod from the shore, but local bylaws may include exceptions to this general rule. Sea fishing is not permitted within 100 metres (325 ft) of a river mouth during the conservation season. To fish for salmon, sea trout and sea char in rivers and lakes, you must purchase a fishing licence from the government and usually also a fishing permit from the landowner. If you are under 16, you can fish free of charge for inland species between January 1 and August 20, except where there are salmon, sea trout and sea char. Under-16s are not allowed to catch crayfish or to fish in man-made fish dams. Some lakes and rivers may be exempt from these rules, in which case signs should be displayed stating that free fishing does not apply. Before starting to fish, you must familiarize yourself with the fishing regulations.

When fishing in open country, remember:

  • to carry your fishing licence and permit, or ID to prove you are under 16
  • not to use live fish as bait
  • not to transfer live fish to another river or lake
  • to dry your tackle, boots and waders before moving to another river or lake, in order not to transfer live organisms and spread disease
  • to disinfect any fishing gear used in rivers or lakes carrying infectious fish diseases
  • to clean and wash fish in the water they were caught in
  • to use established rest areas and firepits
  • not to disturb other fishermen or river/lake users
  • to respect the interests of people who live and work in the countryside, both while fishing and while travelling to and from your fishing spot Don’t transfer species and spread fish diseases! 

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