Lakselva, Norway

This river has proved itself as one that, for those seeking a monster, cannot be missed. While other rivers may produce more fish, the Lakeslv is a river on which every cast is genuinely exciting.

For the best salmon fishing in Norway, travel to the North Cape, where the Lakselv has long been known within Norway as a river that produces very large salmon. In the same region as the famous Alta, this river can genuinely claim to grass 40lbs plus fish every season. 

This is a later river than many in Norway due to its northerly location and the best of the fishing starts in late July and runs to the end of August.  As the season progresses big, fresh salmon are still running but the grilse run will have started which adds a bit of variety, perhaps which the early season does not always offer.

The Lakselv River offers many long stretches of marvellous fly water, with numerous bends and pools following through the valley before meeting the Porsanger fjord. The best section for the salmon fishing stretches upstream from the fjord for about 40 kilometres (25 miles).

There is a combination of single and double bank fishing, wading is easy for most of the river, and most banks are gravel with good space for most casting techniques.

A special feature of the Lakselv in addition to the wonderful run of big salmon, is the good run of big sea trout, often weighing between 13lbs to 18lbs, up to the current record which is a staggering 26lbs. The river also has very good stock of arctic char. This is a truly diverse river with some fantastic fishing.


The Stuenes Lodge is located directly on the river bank. It is just 30 metres away from a very good pool where a few casts could well provide you with a fresh-run multi-winter salmon. The lodge was built in 2003 and occupies a prime position on the river.

The newly extended lodge easily sleeps six people in six single rooms with two bathrooms and an extra lavatory.  It has a very nice spacious lounge and dining area, as well as a drying room.

The accommodation is on a full board basis and guests enjoy the services of their own chef, who takes great pride in utilising produce from the local area.

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Fishing the Lakselva provides, without question, the best chance of landing a seriously big salmon.  More 40lbs fish are landed from this river every year than practically any other and in the past few years it has outfished the mighty Alta.

Price guide

Prices start from £6,000 per person for seven nights and six days fishing excluding flights.

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