Upper Kárášjohka (foto: Kjell-Magne Johnsen).

Kárášjohka and Iešjohka catchment area is 5 255 km2 which corresponds to almost 1/3 of the Tana watercourse total catchment area. Kárášjohka and Iešjohka connects at Skáidegeahči/Ássebákti, about 32 km above the confluence with Anárjohka. Most of the lower part of Kárášjohka is still flowing and there are limited fishing spots here. Both upper Kárášjohka and Iešjohka are therefore more popular for salmon fishing.

Local licensee, serving the right to fish with yarn in Karasjok fishing zone, have previously been able to fish with yarn in Iešjohka and Kárášjohka up to where Bavvtajohka flows in to Kárášjohka. The upper boundary was moved further down in both rivers through a TF decision before the 2015 season.

Visiting fishermen that reside outside Norway have only one license they can purchase for this area:

    • Kárášjohka below Skáidegeahči (10.6-10.8, Monday 6 PM – Sunday 6 PM)

The fishing season for local fishermen last from 1. June to 10. August (Monday 6 PM – Sunday 6 PM).

Production potential

In total, the spawning target for lower Kárášjohka is estimated to be 1 046 kg female salmon (mean) while the target for upper Kárášjohka, with tributaries, is estimated to be 6 140 kg female salmon. The target for Iešjohka, with tributaries, is estimated to be 6 072 kg of female salmon. The small tributary Geaimmejohka that flows into the lower Kárášjohka has a spawning target of 105 kg of female salmon. Together, Kárášjohka and Iešjohka have a spawning target of 13,3 tons of female salmon. About ¼ of the potential salmon production in the Tana River lies in these tributaries.

The spawning target for Kárášjohka is based on reported catch. Catches in Kárášjohka (upper + lower part) with tributaries have varied from 1 543 kg in 2009 to 4 977 kg in the period 2004-2015. In 2010 and 2012 there was sonar surveillance in Kárášjohka and the numbers from these projects were used to estimate harvesting-rate for the upper part of Kárášjohka. It is estimated that 1 677 salmon pass the sonar in 2010, while 2012 was a better season with about 2 882 salmon passed the sonar.