Fishing regulations for the river Orkla and tributaries for 2017
For fishing for anadromous fish species in the Orkla and its tributaries the following regulation are in force for the season 2017, unanimously decided by the Orkla River Owner’s Association (OROA):
§ 1 Fishing period
Angling for Atlantic salmon is allowed in the period from 1 June 00.00 to 31 August 2400. There is no fishing for sea trout (anadromous brown trout).
§ 2 Legal fishing equipment
Fishing rod is the only gear allowed for salmon fishing. There can only be used one rod for each person, one fishing line for each tool and one bait for each fishline. It is illegal to leave fishing tackle unattended in the river during fishing (passive angling is not allowed). Legal baits are; natural worm *), fishing lure/spoon, spinner, fly and wobbler with one treble-hook as max. Shrimp/prawn and artificial worm**) as bait are forbidden in the whole watershed. Import of natural worms to Norway must follow national laws. No bait can have more than three single-hooks or one treble-hook. The distance between the shaft and the tip of the hook can not be greater than 13 mm, the same distance on single-hooks cannot be larger than 15 mm. When using fly as bait, a floating bobber or a flyline must make up the casting-weight. It means that the weight should not be in the hook, tube or another part of the equipment. The use of sinker is only allowed while fishing with worms. When bobber is used, the bobber must float on the water surface. It is illegal to fish so that the fish is likely to get harmed or injured. Snagging is strictly forbidden.
*) Natural worm = biological worm, example: earthworm.
**) Artificial worm = technically produced worm, example: “Gulp”
§ 3 Daily and seasonal quota, catch and release
Maximum 24-hour quota for retained (killed) salmon is 1 (one) salmon, 2 (two) per week and 4 (four) for the season. Of these, 1 (one) can be over 80 cm. The quota is personal and cannot be transferred to others. The 24 hour quota is defined as the number of salmon one person can retain (kill) during 24 hours. The period follows the hours as given on a daily license, for week- or seasonal licenses the 24 hour period follows the date (0000 – 2400). When the 24-hour quota is reached, all fishing should be suspended until the next 24 hour period starts. The weekly quota is defined as the number of salmon one angler can retain (kill) during one fishing week (7 days). The fishing week follows the days as specified on the fishing license. For those having a seasonal license, the weekly quota follows the week numbers. When the weekly quota is reached, the angler must stop all fishing until a new fishing week starts. The seasonal quota is the number of salmon an angler can retain (kill) during the season. When the seasonal quota is reached, the angler must stop all fishing until the next season.
§ 4 Minimum and maximum size, catch and release
All Atlantic salmon under 35 cm must be released alive back into the river. Salmon that have been in the river over the winter (kelts) must all be released.
All anadromous sea trout must be released alive back to the river, independent of size. All female female salmon, independent of size MUST be released alive back into the river. If you are uncertain of the sex of the fish, it must be released alive. We recommend that all colored fish is released alive. If the fish appears harmed and you are unsure if it will survive release, it should be killed and delivered to Orkla River Owners Association (for instance a disinfection station). Salmon that are confirmed handed in to OROA, do not count on the angler’s personal quota. The same applies to unintentional killing of female salmon (if the angler misjudged the sex). Fish that are released alive do not count on the personal quota. Release of fish should be done as gentle as possible, in line with OROA guidelines.
§ 5 Obligatory catch reports
All caught fish, killed or released, must be reported continuously and as soon as possible. The catch report should include as a minimum: Date, Name of beat, Species, Weight, Name of angler, Type of tackle/bait, and if the fish was killed or released. All catches with the information listed above will be stored in the catch database for Orkla and is subject to publication on the website www.orklaguide.com. Scale samples should be taken and delivered to OROA of all killed salmon.
§ 6 Fishing regulation by waterfalls, rapids and bridges
From 1 July and to the end of the fishing season, only fishing with «light tackle» is allowed from Vigor bridge and to the border between the sea and the river. Light tackle is fly fishing when the fly line makes up the casting weight or fishing with earthworms with or without a floating bobber. Use of sinker is not allowed.
§ 7 Disinfection of fishing equipment
All fishing equipment, landing net, waders, boats and it’s like, that have been used in other river systems the same season must be disinfected before use in river Orkla. By bringing tackle and fishing equipment to Norway from abroad, everything must unconditionally be cleaned and disinfected before use in the river. Disinfection license must be shown by purchasing a fishing license or when renting fishing rights. The disinfection license must be brought with you at all times during fishing and be presented at a possible control. Disinfection is done free of charge for all anglers under 18 years of age at any disinfection station along Orkla.
§ 8 Pre and mid-season spawning target evaluation
Before the end of July the Orkla River Owners Association will conduct a mid-season evaluation whether it is likely that the river will reach its spawning stock targets, in case of extraordinary precautions and stricter regulations must be made.
§ 9 Violation of regulations.
A violation of these rules are punishable according to the Norwegian law on anadromous and freshwater fish species. Violation of the rules can lead to a fee or a police report. Fishing cannot be continued before fee is paid. The fee for lack of disinfection license, lack of catch report and violation of tackle rules is NOK 3000,-. Anglers who do not comply with the quota regulation will be fined NOK 6000,-. In addition, anglers who do not comply with the quota regulation will not be allowed a fishing license in 2015 and 2016 in any of the rivers Gaula, Orkla, Stjørdalselva, Verdalselva. The landowner, the fishing operator or the place where the license is sold, have a duty to make sure that the angler know these rules, has paid the national fish license and have a valid disinfection license before issuing the license
§ 9 Come to force
These regulations will come in to force the 15 of May 2016.