(Norsk) Fiskesoner

Fishing zones for visiting fishermen at the national border

The agreement with Finland regulates that no more than 22 000 fishing days can be sold to visiting fishermen annually on the border. Each of the countries disposes 11 000 fishing days each; 5 500 boat fishing days and 5 500 shoreline fishing days. The days are further divided into 4 zones for boat fishing and 5 zones for shoreline fishing. The season for visiting fishermen in Tana river, and in the border river Anárjohka lasts from June 10 to August 10. The licenses are distributed among each week before the fishing season starts. One license applies to a zone for a day. The day for fishermen fishing from land starts at 10 PM and last to 3 PM the next day. The boat fishing licenses applies for a whole day from 6 PM to 6 PM the next day, but from 6 PM to 6 AM travelers must be with a local rower.

The zones are as follows:

  • Riksgrensen (Polmak) – Lákšjohka
  • Lákšjohka – Luosnárguoika
  • Luosnárguoika – Borsejohka
  • Borsejohka – Raidenjárga (Boat fishing licenses also covers Anárjohka)
  • Anárjohka
Fishing licenses can be pre-purchased online, but they are only valid when the fisherman has been at a retail outlet that has an agreement with TF. This is a scheme that will ensure that all fishermen disinfect their fishing gear before fishing in the Tana River takes place. Licenses purchased in advance are not refundable when more than 14 days have elapsed since the purchase.

Borders for the different fishing zones at the border in Tana River.

Fishing zones in Norwegian parts of the river

Lower Norwegian part of Tanaelva (from Polmak and downwards) is one fishing zone. There is a limitation for numbers of licenses available in this area. The stretch Langnes – Tana estuary is also covered by a cheaper license without limitations on fishing rods used. On this stretch there is primarily sea trout fishing. In the lower Norwegian part of Tana River, visiting fishermen must have local a rower the whole day (this also applies for the Tana estuary).
In general, each tributary is defined as a separate card zone. Several of the rivers also have additional zones for catch reporting. In Máskejohka, for example, it is desirable to indicate whether the salmon is caught in Máskejohka itself or in one of the tributaries. There is no upper limit on the number of fishing cards sold to Norwegian tributaries in 2018 but notice that the length of the season and the number of open days of the week vary from tributary to tributary. The day passes, for different tributaries, are only sold from outlets in either Tana or Karasjok. The licenses are valid for a full day. Boat licenses are only sold to the largest tributaries (Kárášjohka and Iešjohka) and fishermen must have a local rower 24 hour a day.

Overview and description of various tributaries can be found here.