The catch and release contest

The catch and release contest has played an important part in increasing the focus on catch and release in Lakselva. Everybody with an interest in salmon fishing, being local and visiting fishermen, land owners, local businesses and others depend on a healthy and sustainable amount of salmon to maintain their activity. For us who’s managing the salmon, it nice to see fishermen becoming this good at releasing fish, and our way to say thank you for this, is the catch and release contest. The contest continues in 2017, and we’re hoping to get atleast as many contributions this year as before.

This contribution won the main price in 2013. An all expenses paid trip to Iceland to go salmon fishing. The price is given us by Bergen Aktiv.

In the eight years we’ve had the catch and release contest (2008 – 2016), close to 30 tons of salmon has been released back into the river. 2013 is up until now the year to beat, with a total of 42 % of all salmon being released. The amount of released fish is vital to maintain a healthy stock, and to reach our managatorial goals for the river. If you send in a picture in one of the two categories, you’re part of the contest. The contest is for the entire stretch of Lakselva, regardless if your fishing on a private or a public beat. We’re also encouraging you to visit our sponsors, as their contribution is vital to keep the contest going.

There’s two different categories to compete in:

  1. Released salmon (longer than 80 centimeters before the 15th of July)
  2. Released salmon (longer than 80 centimeter after the 15th of July)

The reason for these two categories, is that we want to raise more awareness about the importance of the early running fish.

Send your picture to together with the number of your license or the property you fished on, which category you parttake in and which zone the fish was caught in. The pictures might be used by Lakselv land lowners association in ads, brochures and articles, unless the contest specifically says no to this when sending in the picture.

Gallery of contributions