Fishing licenses

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Everyone that would like to go fishing in the Tana Watercourse (main stem and tributaries) is required by law to purchase a fishing license before they enter the river for fishing purposes. Upon inspection by the river-guards, all anglers are required to present a valid fishing license along with a valid personal ID-card.

Buying a fishing license

Persons older than the age of 18 are required to pay the Norwegian State Fishing Fee, which you can buy online here.

If you are a visiting angler, you are also required to display a valid certification of disinfection of your fishing equipment. Read more about the disinfection procedure here.

Both local residents and visiting anglers can buy their fishing license at one of the listed outlets, but be aware of the following restrictions:

  • Visiting anglers are only allowed to buy day-license. They are however allowed to buy several day-licenses in a row. Each day starts at 18 pm.   
  • Persons who are not permanent residents in Norway are not allowed to fish in the tributaries with the exception of the lower part of Kárášjohka (from the point of confluence of Kárášjohka and Anárjohka to the point of confluence of Iešjohka and Kárášjohka, meaning Kárášjohka below Skáidigeahči) (see map)

For fishing in the part of the river that is considered the international border between Finland and Norway

  • Norwegian and Finnish citizens must purchase day – license in the country they reside in to be able to fish in this area.
  • If you want to go fishing in the Finnish areas of the river, or from the Finnish shoreline, you have to purchase a Finnish State Fishing Fee.

Fishing zones in the tributary rivers
(Note: you are not allowed to buy licenses in these zones if you are not a permanent Norwegian citizen)

  • Anárjohka above Matinköngäs (80 NOK/24hrs.)
  • Goššjohka
  • Kárášjohka below Skáidigeahči
  • Kárášjohka above Skáidigeahči
  • Geaimmejohka
  • Iešjohka (not open 2016)
  • Váljohka
  • Baisjohka
  • Leavvajohka
  • Lákšjohka
  • Buolbmátjohka
  • Máskejohka
  • Luftjok/Luovvtejohka

Fishing zones of the lower part of the Tana-river:

  • Langnes-Tanamunning: From Langnes and goes to the point that is considered to be the river-mouth. Fishing in this zone is restricted to the time from July 15th.
  • Tanamunning-Tana bru: Starts at the river-mouth of the Tana-river and goes to Tana bru. The place that marks the end of this zone is the islet called Sieddásuolu below the bridge.
  • Tana bru- Riksgrensen: Starts at Tanabru and goes to the starting point of the area of the river that is considered to be the national border. The place that marks the start of this zone is the islet called Seiddásuolu below the bridge. 

Fishing zones of the riverstretch that is considered to be the National border between Finland and Norway

  • Riksgrensen-Levajok Fjellstue: Goes from the starting point of the area of the river that is considered to be the national border, to Levajok Fjellstue.
  • SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS IN THIS ZONE: During the time between June 20th and July 20th, you will need to buy the licence Boratbokča–Jalve if you want to fish in the restricted area around Storfossen. The area is marked by signboards. This license is only available during the time between June 20th and July 20th.
  •  The Boratbokča-Jalve licence allows you to:

Fish off the Norwegian shoreline in the restricted area.

Fish from a boat in the Finnish part of the river (note the rules for visiting fishermen fishing from a boat)

Fish off the Finnish shoreline, but only during the 24 hours the Norwegian license is valid for, and only in the area that goes from Nuorgam to the point where the river Leavvajohka enters the Tana-river.

  • The Tana River above Levajok Fjellstue
  • Anárjohka

Prices (pr. licence valid for 24 hours)

  • Kr. 200,- Fishing off the shoreline – Border stretch
  • Kr. 320,- Fishing from a boat and from the shoreline – Border stretch  
  • Kr. 450,- Fishing from the shoreline – Norwegian parts of the main river, and larger Norwegian tributaries.
  • Kr. 350,- Fishing from the shoreline – smaller Norwegian tributaries.
  • Kr. 650,- Fishing from a boat, 2 rods – Norwegian parts of the main river, and Norwegian tributaries.
  • Kr. 250,- Fishing in the Tana river mouth
  • Kr. 80,-  Fishing in the upper Anárjohka
  • Kr. 50,- Youth, 16-18 years old.

Overview of the tributary rivers are found here