All You Need To Know About Fishing

Discover the fishing possibilities awaiting in Bø, Nome and Sauherad

The Mid-Telemark region beckons fishing enthusiasts with its picturesque charm. Here, visitors can relish a one-of-a-kind blend of serene natural surroundings and thrilling fishing adventures.

Fishing License

Individuals aged 16 and above are required to purchase a fishing license, whereas children and adolescents under 16 can fish for free. Additionally, for those intending to fish for salmon or sea trout in the Bøelva and Sauarelva rivers, payment of the state fishing tax is mandatory.


Lifjell boasts several lakes with excellent trout fishing opportunities. Fishing licenses are obtainable at various locations, including pay stations along the route into the area. Specific fishing licenses are required for Gavlesjå, Vatnar, and Reskjemvatnet.


Originating from Seljordsvannet and flowing into Norsjø, Bøelva River is renowned for its trout population, with occasional catches of whitefish. Between Oterholtfossen and Norsjø, salmon and sea trout fishing is permitted from June 1 to September 30.

Regulations for salmon and sea trout fishing can be found on The lower reaches of the river also harbor pike, with prime fishing spots at Herrefoss and Oterholtfossen waterfalls. Sanda Camping features a designated fishing trail.

Other Locations

Seljordsvannet, Norsjø, Heddalsvannet, Sauarelva, and Telemarkskanalen provide abundant fishing opportunities for trout, perch, char, whitefish, pike, and tench. Fishing licenses for these areas are available at various outlets near the waters.

The brochure "Fiskemuligheter i Telemark" (Fishing Opportunities in Telemark) is accessible at tourist offices in Bø and Ulefoss, or by contacting the Norwegian Hunters and Fishermen's Association, Telemark: [email protected].

Additionally, a fishing guide for Bø and Sauherad is available for purchase, along with local fishing maps tailored for specific areas.