Family Holiday or Fishing Trip or Both?
With the regions variety of activities and attractions it is easy to combine a family holiday with fishing. There is numerous opportunities to do beside fishing. Hiking, climbing, golf, museums, shopping, a trip to Oslo or to the local zoo? Visit our partners website to see whats up and a complete range of the opportunities. See Visit Hedmark and Visit Akershus to find what is in this area.
Planning for fishing
For securing the best fishing opportunities we recommend you to contact us and our fisher guide will give you free advice and directions. To have the best start possible, you can hire our fisher guide to take you to the best places.
The region has a number of good rivers and lakes for freshwater fish.
Lake Mjøsa comprises 21 types of fish, and the most common are vendace, powan, trout, perch and pike. Protection orders are in force during the period 01.09 – 30.04. Åkersvika Nature Reserve is a popular pike fishing area. In April and May, when large flocks of migratory birds are present, fishing is only permitted at a few spots. A fishing permit is not required for fishing in Mjøsa.
Ringsaker hunting and fishing area has some 50 lakes and 60km of rivers and streams with species like trout, grayling, perch, pike and powan. Several of the lakes offer wheelchair access. In the Næra, Mesna and Sjusjøen lakes, you can catch perch and pike. www.rjfo.no
The river Brumunda leads to Mjøsa, and along its lower part it is possible to catch trout over 1 kg. www.bosff.com
Hedmarksvidda offers excellent fishing in two large rivers as well as six lakes and tarns. Wheelchair access is available at Puttsjøen. Trout is the most common species, but it is also possible to catch arctic char. Automatic toll charge and fishing permit machine available at Gåsbu and Gåsbu Kiosk. Fishing is permitted during the period 01.05 – 15.09. www.vangalmenning.no
Romedal & Stange Almenning Trout, perch, pike and carp fishing in the larger lakes. NOK 50 for 24 hours. Also valid for Romedal and Vallset where permits also can be purchased by the road-side or via SMS. For further info, please see www.rasa.no In Løiten Almenning, a fishing permit is not required. Try fishing for trout in river Fura and perch in the Yksensjøen lake and Jøsstjernet tarn. Lake Sjølisjøen is excellent for pike fishing, and you will find large stocks of perch and pike in lake Rokosjøen. www.loitenalmenning.no
What to Pack for a Fishing Trip
Light pack: Create a “travel pack” that stays empty so you can fill it from your personal stock with essential lures, flies, and terminal tackle prior to your trip. Sling packs, chest packs, and small backpacks made specifically for fishing are great for this.
Waders and boots: Waders and boots are heavy and take up space, so I would not advise traveling with them unless absolutely necessary. If you do, it is helpful to find a lightweight, inexpensive set that will pack away easily. Make sure to bring a big hefty bag or two to store them in if they are wet on the trip home.
Rods and reels: If possible, use gear provided by your guide or outfitter. If you must bring your own, take only what is necessary and leave room for a spare.
Lures, flies, and terminal tackle: Check with local fly/tackle shops and outfitters for current fishing conditions and advice on what lures, flies, and techniques are working best. Local shops are great resources that can help you narrow down exactly what you will need. Many guides and outfitters often have equipment and flies/lures for their guests to rent or use, so check with them first!
Line and leader: Always bring spare line and leader material if you are using your own equipment.
Large, waterproof duffel bag: Pack your clothing in an oversized waterproof duffel to protect it during ferry rides, float plane transfers, or portages.
Interior dividers: Use interior dividers to organize your clothing and personal items in the bag. Keep a change of clothes and all your essential items with you in a carry-on if you are flying.
Portable camera: Pack a point-and-shoot waterproof camera and an extra memory card to capture and preserve memories from your trip. Make sure to bring your chargers, cords, and cables!
Waterproof box or dry bag: Bring a small dry bag or waterproof box for your phone, wallet, keys, etc.
2 pairs of polarized sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes and cut glare so you can see your fly, spot underwater structure, and even see fish. Pack a spare, just in case you break or lose your main pair.