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Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

The lowland lakes of southern Norway.

Lakes, lakes everywhere. There is actually more water than land – well almost.

In Norway there are over 450,000 lakes with southern Norway littered with untouched pristine lakes housing extensive wild fish stocks. Very rarely visited by either the tourist or local fisher, the chances of having a lake to yourself more the norm than a rarity.

Fishing southern Norway Photo: Anglerpilot

Inflatable boat for lake fishing in southern Norway Photo: Ryan Marchese Anglerpilot

If you’re a fisher, regardless of experience level, there is something for every taste. Free rising brown trout (Salmo trutta), the colourful American brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the coldwater loving and elusive arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), the easy to catch perch (Perca flavescens), the ferocious pike (Esox lucius) and in a few lakes other coarse fish like the golden orfe (Leuciscus idus), tench (Tinca tinca), common carp (Cyprinus carpio), etc.

“There are over 450,000 fishable lakes in Norway”

There are many resources to both find information, buy fishing licenses (which are very inexpensive), as well as stocking up on the necessary baits and fishing tackle. Local tourist information offices, sports shops or even better local fishing shops are places to head to. If you would like to be guided or learn more about fishing or even learn the art of flyfishing, you can always hire a fishing guide/instructor for the day.

Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

Ryan Marchese with a trout in southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

When it comes to equipment, mostly lighter rods from 2.1-2.7m with 3-4kg line are the way to go. Worms are a very effective bait either beneath a float or on the bottom with a lead weight. Artificial lures with a copper and red colour always a winner.

If you’re into flyfishing, then use 2.7m #5-#7 rods. Flies vary from month to month. Black is always a good early season choice then midge, ant, caddis imitations and damsel/dragonfly nymphs a must in your fly box. Goldheads nymphs are also effective.

The vast majority of lakes are open for fishing all year round, though the best times from the middle of April through to early November. One can also ice fish during the winter months, but if you’re not experienced in this or with somebody who is, enjoy other winter activities instead. A little tip is if the water is very warm or cold, fish deep. The fish retreat to stable climes of the deep in extreme temperatures.

So now that you now what can be found, it’s up to you to catch them. Rig up your rods, make yourself a picnic and head to the water. If it’s warm, remember your towel and bathing gear. Taking a dip if the hot weather warms you past insanity or the fishing is slow, sheer bliss.

Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

There are plenty of fish to be found in Norway’s lakes. Photo: Anglerpilot

We love our prisitine nature and would like to keep it that way. So remember to take your rubbish home with you, respect nature and it’s animals. Waste fishing line is best burnt or cut into short lengths so that animals don’t get entwined, trapped and starve to death. Fishing with live fish is strictly forbidden!

Tightlines, Ryan.

Ryan is a professional fisherman in Norway and a guest blogger on the Visit Southern Norway blog. His credentials are below

Ryan Marchese / CEO AnglerPilot – IFFF and EFFA certified Flyfishing Guide/House of Hardy Pro Team Member
ryan@anglerpilot.no / +47 90915846




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I am originally from Australia and have lived in Norway for the past 10 years. I have been working in the internet industry since 1998 in Australia, the UK and Norway. My kids love to ski and snowboard in the winter and go wake boarding in the summer.

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  • Fantastic article. Did not know it was forbidden to fish with live fish bait. Thanks for the tip.
    Regards, Jeff

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