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Big salmon in amazing scenery

Our river stretches from the Porsangerfjord, southwards in the direction of Karasjok. The average weight of salmon has over the last years been around 6 kilos, with the biggest salmon reaching well over 20 kilos. The biggest salmon officially reported was an amazing 32 kilos, and yearly we have several salmon crossing the 20 kilo mark.

In august, Lakselva is also a good river for sea-trout, and higher up in the river, there are also good opportunity for trout and big greyling.

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 Michael Fagergren
Michael Fagergren med et av sine bidrag til årets gjenutsettingskonkurranse. En flott holaks på cirka 11 kilo, full av verdifull rogn. Foto: Privat

Besides great fishing, Lakselva flows through a very lush and scenic valley, and the Lakselv valley is often characterized as an arctic oasis. 

Lakselva is sectioned into different zones. These zones sell a limited amount of day ticket, easing the pressure on the river. In addition, there's sold seasonal licenses to locals. Lakselva offers many good pools, and there's enough for everyone, even though some pools experience more fishermen than others.

Lakselva is split between private ownership and the body called Finnmarkseiendommen. Lakselv land owners association rents both private beats, and the beats of Finnmarkseiendommen. These beats are included in the zones where licenses are sold. In addition, you will find private beats rented exclusively.

Lakselv land owners association was founded in 1951, to promote the interests of the land owners and manage the salmon in Lakselva. 

The Lakselv valley, and the beats along along the river have names originating from the Kvääni language, and the fishing in Lakselva was first of a fishery where traps where used to catch salmon. This technique was brought to the river valley by the Kvääni coming from the Torne valley, and the Kvääni are recognized as the first settlers of the valley in modern times. The fishing using traps was forbidden by law in 1978, and sport fishing has been the only way of fishing since.

Lakselva has also had the influx of British lords. The Englishman Robert Edis rented, together with several other Brits the rights for sport fishing in Lakselva for the amount of NOK 2 100,- per year. This arrangement begun in 1889, and it's unknown when it ended.

The surroundings
The county of Porsanger is situated in the middle of Finnmark, and the county is geographically the third largest in Norway, with a total of 8 874 km2, and approximately 4 000 inhabitants. The origin of the name Porsanger derives from the plant locally called Pors, and the sami word borsi, meaning current. Opprinnelsen til navnet Porsanger kommer fra planten Pors eller det samiske ordet borsi som betyr strøm. The second part of the name derives from the word angr meaning fjord.

Porsanger stretches from wast mountainous plains out to the sea, and is really a miniature example of Finnmark. The midnight sun is up from around the 20th of May, and sets again by the end of July. This means that much of our salmon fishing is in broad daylight, regardless of the time of day you are fishing. There's also a dark season here, and the sun rises for the last time around the 20th of November, and doesn't rise again until mid January.

Lakselv has it's own airport, Banak, with daily departures to Tromsø, where there are connecting flights to Oslo - in addition, there is a direct route from Oslo to Lakselv twice a week, meaning Lakselv is easily accesible by plane, despite it's location far north. 

Lakselva's watershed consists of 1 539 km2, and has a yearly average of 27 m3/s draining into the Porsanger fjord. The main tributary to Lakselva, Luostejohka was regulated in 1955, and produces hydro-electric power.