The wonderfully large forest area of Baneheia and beyond, just North of the city centre boasts many trout lakes that are passionately managed and cultivated by the local fishing society. Here you can quickly find yourself in the Norwegian forest, by a pristine lake, casting out to a wild Norwegian brown trout. All methods are allowed from bait to spin to fly fishing and the average size of the fish respectable. Fishing licenses are very cheap (free of charge for under 16s) and can be purchased at the local fishing shop in the city called Grønberg Sport. Here you can also catch some fishing tips and any equipment you may need.
If you’d like to explore outside of the city centre, then there is a vast array of other lakes, small streams and rivers that are definitely worth a visit.
The sea trout, a beautiful silver bullet often prized for not only it’s appearance but also, it’s fabulous pink meat. This fish can be found all along the Kristiansand coast both just a short walk from the city centre or either via bus, taxi or car. These opportunistic hunters eagerly take a well presented worm, wobbler, spinner or fly and give quite acrobatic and lively fight at times. Fishing for this species is free for all ages in the sea but be aware that all sea trout of 35cm and smaller must be returned unharmed by law.
"Many consider the Atlantic salmon as the king of all fish"
Many consider the Atlantic salmon as the king of all fish. It could be the salmon’s captivating appearance, or it’s great fight, or the challenge of getting it to bite, or wonderful taste, or all of these, that attracts many hopefuls each season in hope of a bite. Kristiansand boast three rivers that during the salmon fishing season of 1st of June to 31st August can be fished for salmon. The water level controlled Otra which runs through the city of Kristiansand, the wild and untouched spate Tovdalselva river, and lastly the small and intimate spate river Søgne og Sogndalselva. Fishers under 16 yrs need both the national license for migratory fish fiskeavgiften and a local river license that can be bought either online here or at Kristiansand fishing shop; Grønberg Sport.
Read more information about the Otra river.
Whether it be casting a piece of mussel out along the rocks for a colourful wrasse or dragging a whole mackerel along a ledge of a monster ling, the coast that’s free to fish for all ages has an experience for everyone. Here there is a vast array of different species eager to swallow your bait. A short walk out to the island of Odderøya will have you immediately in deep water where you can expect species like cod (Gadus morhua), whiting (Merlangius merlangus), pollack (Pollachius pollachius), mackerel (Scomber scombrus), wrasse (Labris bergylta), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and more. Alternatively fishing from a boat is an excellent way of fishing both even deeper water for even bigger fish like ling (Molva molva), cusk (Brosme brosme), cod and more.
Another good tool for finding fishing spots is an app called Fiskher.
Although not a so very practiced part of fishing here in Southern Norway, there can be found different coarse species in the lakes of Kristiansand. Here there are lakes with common carp (Cyprinus carpio), perch (Perca fluviatilis), rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus), tench (Tinca tinca), crucian carp (Carassius Carassius) and golden orfe (Leuciscus idus). White bread, sweetcorn or worms are favoured baits whether they be presented under a float or ledgered on the bottom. The lakes that hold the species are very specific, and I would highly recommend a visit to Kristiansand’s fishing shop Grønberg Sport for the hottest tips.
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