Sunnfjord - the fishing adventure high spot in Norway

Sunnfjord is one of the best all round fishing spots in Norway. Here is one of our best offers. Go with me for fishing salmon in one of the best rivers in the fjord district and to the best brown trout river with catch guaranty in Europe.

Fishing tours in Sunnfjord 2017

Full day excursion with professional fishing guide in Europe’s richest watercourse for trout, - the Jölstra river, the Jölstra lake and mountain lakes at the foot of the glacier Jostedalsbreen. Price per person NOK 900,- at a minimum of 2 persons. The price includes fishinglicense, use of waders, life vest and all other necessary equipment. You will also learn how to clean and fillet the fish – ready to panfry. Cach warranty.

Alta River - Registration will be opened the 2nd of January

The registration will be opened the 2nd of January 2017 and the registration deadline is January 31. 2017.
Please read the application rules in this article and then follow the link at the bottom of the page to the registration page.

Trout and salmon fishing in Western Norway

Fishing tours with a tour guide for trout, sea trout and salmon in rivers and lakes or from a fishing boat following the big fish hunting out at sea.
If you don't have fishing equipment with you, we will gear you up with wading pants, inflatable life vests and fishing licenses, a rod and line and everything an angler needs to meet the fish on the Norwegian West Coast.

county: Sogn og Fjordane -- municipality: Jølster

River Jølstra / Lake Jølstravatnet
River Jølstra  / Lake Jølstravatnet
Anna and Matthew in front of the waterfall. Foto: Eivind Fossheim
Lake Jølstravatnet is fishable with rod all year round, but River Jølstra is closed for fishing between 1.october to 1 May.
Weather forecast for Jølster
Sverre Amundsen. Trout 12,1 kilo
Sverre Amundsen. Trout 12,1 kilo

Honeymoon under the waterfall in the river Jølstra

Anna and Matthew Hegreness from New York experienced something exotic and romantic on their honeymoon to Jølster. Getting up close to nature out there in the river, she and her husband also experienced successful fishing in the beautiful and fertile district beneath the glacier.

Base camp in the private Jølster Museum

Norsk Fiskesenter, which is based at the private Jølster Museum offers guided fishing trips with full equipment in rivers, lakes and mountain lakes, staying in hotels or cottages in Northern Europe's best-stocked trout rivers.

We will kit you up!

If you haven't your own fishing gear, we will kit you up with waders, inflatable life vests and fishing permits, with rod and line and everything an angler needs to get to meet the fish in the west Norwegian nature.
Your local guide you will teach you the appropriate fishing methods, and guide you to the best fishing spots, showing you how to best lure the fish onto your hook, depending on weather conditions, water flow and temperature. You will learn what to do with your catch, cleaning and filleting the fish and finally serving it boneless pan-fried with all the accompaniments, in our own special way.
Whether you are already a skilled fly fisherman or want to learn fly fishing, you are welcome to an exotic encounter with us at Jølstra.
And if the flies are not successful, we will use spoons or spinners, or even introduce you to our special ultralight worm that imitates a hatch-ready insect larva.

Trout fishing for children in safe conditions.

We are not just looking for expert anglers. Our aim is to provide an experience for everyone, whether you come alone or with your husband of wife. We also offer special rates for 7 to 15-year olds who are fishing with their parents and the guide under completely safe conditions.
For a boy or girl of this age, it is a unique experience to stand out there in the river, with water up to your waist, casting to jumping trout under safe conditions.

Catch guarantee

And will you catch fish? Of course. We guarantee catches of at least 250 gram trout. Or you will get your money back! Only Norsk Fiskesenter AS can offer such a fish guarantee.

Everybody gets trout in River Jølstra!

My small dry fly sets like a feather on the current ridge. I still glimpse the broken surface where a mountain trout just kissed the surface. Will it be tempted again? The answer is instant, and so is my counter strike.
I am located in the outlet of River Jølstra, with Lake Jølstravatnet spreading out before me. No Norwegian Lake contains more trout, with an annual catch of 20 tons. The major part of this amount is taken in nets, but tons are also caught by live bait, spinner, spoons and flies, especially in proximity to the hundreds of inlet streams and the major outlet, River Jølstra.
Especially after rain, when the creeks swell, the trout seeks to these minor inlets to feast on the abundant food contained in the floodwater. I’m spooked to consciousness by a kilos trout leaping into the air as it strikes my gear so hard the reel whines. A small mistake now and the battle will be lost. But my fine gear is working skilfully in trembling hands. The well conditioned trout is secured and landed.

Trout passing 12 kilo!

Some of the charm about fishing in Jøstra, is that you never know what you might hook. The fish might just as well be half a pound as a multi pound giant.. Most of us will certainly be more than happy getting a kilo trout. Landing a pound trout, on small gear, like size 16 hook and 0,17 line can be challenging enough. The main portion of the Jølster trout is around 300gr. But annually huge trout are caught, fish around 6-7 kilo. The largest one in resent years was a staggering 12,1 kilo! It was caught in 1996, on spoon (Sølvkroken) at the East inlet called Lunde.

From the waterfall Huldefossen to Lake Movatnet

Huldefossen joins Jølstra just above the inlet to Lake Movatnet. The stretch from Huldrefossen to Movatnet is a fantastic location for both light anglers and fly fishers. From early July to mid September, you have a great chance of finding ample and big fish, especially during insect hatches.

The inlets of Lake Jølstravatnet

The numerous minor inlets of Lake Jølstra are excellent locations after rain and upon spring flooding. By casting past midstream, presenting your bait above the sudden steep end, you might achieve fantastic catches. Upon flooding, huge fish migrate into the creeks as well. After flooding, the fish is harder to find. It withdraws in the main lake, and a local guide is recommended to be assured a good outcome.

The upper part of Jølstra

The best trout river in North Europe. Photo: Eivind Fossheim

The most interesting fishing takes place in the upper parts of River Jølstra. From the outlet and down past Flugelona, a fantastic stretch for fly-fishing, there is a number of excellent pools and currents. The best fishing takes place from July to mid September, the later, the bigger fish is in the river. Mid summer, fishing at night with silver ribbed black hackled flies ( no wings) might be very efficient. Alternatively using a small worm bait, imitating an insect larva. In Lake Jølstra, a special form of light geared live bait fishing is developed, a technique that has proven lethally efficient in most waters containing trout, sea trout, grayling and white fish. Especially the bigger species of grayling, trout, sea trout and sea char seems to prefer this method. The method is thoroughly tested. We have carefully experimented how the bait must be presented, when the counter strike must be made and how the fish should be landed most safely.

Ultralight worm fishing

I use a light 9-10 ft rod, designed for 2gr spoons, and an equally small reel, filled with 0,16mm line. Single bait hook size 16 and 30-40 cm up-line from the bait, I pin two or three clumps of led (SSG) for casting weight. I bait up with an inch long piece of worm, proximally the size of a caddis larva. There is no need to hide the point of the hook. Only tread it two times. I believe the fish takes the bait for an insect larva. When the bait comes drifting along the river floor, and the fish strikes it, I feel it on the fine tip of the light rod. Upon feeling this resistance, the fish will immediately reject the bait. It is important not to counter strike at this moment. Should you counter strike, the bait will be removed from the vision range of the fish. In stead I let go some more line and hold for two-three seconds. Fish that has tested the bait once in this manner, will mostly return, and gulp the whole bait down upon the second attempt. Only then I counter strike, and the fish is normally secured. Fighting and tiring the fish, often take time, and to avoid any break of line or knots, I fight the fish on a long line until it is done and starts rolling over.

Tore Gamborg. Trout 7 kilo
Tore Gamborg. Trout 7 kilo


It is one card for the whole area:
River Jølstra from Førde border to the outlet of Lake Jølstra, Vassenden.
The South portion of Lake Jølstra, from Vassenden, including the mountain lakes up till Sægrov and lake Dvergsdalsvatnet
The North portion of the lake, from Vassenden, to Kjøsnes and the rest of the fjord Kjøsnesfjorden, plus all lakes I the valley Årdalsdalen.
The River Stardalselva up to border Gloppen including some small rivers and lakes in these mountains.
Fishing card:
NOK 100,- day, NOK 500,- week and NOK 800,- season.


Norsk Fiskesenter AS, N-6847 Vassenden i Jølster, Norway, Phn +4791139552, eivind.fossheim@fiskeguiden.no
Norsk Fiskesenter AS arranges 4 hr. guided trips, including all gear and permits at the price of NOK 600 pr. person pr. day. We recommend all visitors a program like this, to get acquaintance with the best spots and methods, and then head for private fishing for the remaining trip.


Accommodating boats and cabins:

Øvrebø Hytter og Motell

N-6847 Vassenden i Jølster
Tlf + 47 57 72 71 26

Norsk Fiskesenter

N-6847 Vassenden
tel + 47 911 39 552

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