Fishing in Hafjell

The silence, the excitement, the anticipation and the adrenaline when the fish bite - are there any other natural experiences that can compare with that? Fishing is suitable for everyone, big or small, beginners or advanced. In Hafjell and the surrounding area there is an eldorado of fishing experiences. Whether you are looking for trout, pike or just the natural experience of sitting by a fishing lake - Hafjell is the place.

Fishing in Øyerfjellet

In Øyerfjellet there are more than 50 fishing lakes, as well as over 100 km of rivers and streams. The really big lakes are not found in Øyerfjellet, however, many medium-sized mountain lakes and even smaller lakes, most of them easily accessible.

Fishing with rod is allowed in the period May 15 - September 5. After the 5th of September and until the ice settles, rod fishing is only allowed on water and no closer to inlet and outlet streams than 50 meters. Rod fishing is open to everyone, against the release of fishing licenses. Fishing with nets, otters and reefs is reserved for residents in Øyer.

Children / youngsters fish for free with a rod up to the year they turn 18, and do not need a fishing license. Everyone else must solve fishing licenses before fishing begins.


Fishing license

It is open for non-residents to fish with nets and otters on the Hornsjøen, Gåsesjøen and Tromstjønnet. Fishing licenses can only be purchased via Inatur.

Fishing license can be bought here:

  • Sport 1 Hafjell, Øyer

  • Rustadstuen Sport, Lillehammer

  • Sport 1 Strandtorget, Lillehammer

  • Åstbommen (during opening hours

  • Inatur

  • Kiwi Tretten

  • Circle K Tretten

  • Coop Tretten

  • Mountain board office, Tretten

  • Coop Øyer

  • Circle K Øyer

Fish species in Øyerfjellet

In most small lakes and streams/rivers you will find trout. Ear lice are found in many of the lakes. The following sites also offer other fish species:

  • Goppollvatnet:
    Here common white fish was put out in 1943. The common white fish has good breeding opportunities on Goppollvatnet, and the stock has gradually become redundant. 
  • Øysteinsvatnet:
    This is the only lake in Øyerfjellet where - in addition to the trout - there is char.
  • Hornsjøen:
    In addition to the trout, there is a large stock of perch in Hornsjøen.
  • Åstaelv:
    In Åsta, it is grayling. How far it goes is uncertain, but grayling has been taken far up in NerÅst-åa.

Boat and fishing area

The Mountain Board has boats for lending in the following waters:

  • Goppollvatnet: At the dam. Life jackets on the outdoor door at the "sikbua", at the end of the motorway.
  • Våsjøen: At the open air facility at the north end. Life jackets on the toe of the outdoor air system.
  • Hornsjøen: At the campsite, downhill at the hotel. Life jackets at the do in the campsite.
  • Lyngen: At the boathouse, south side of Hetta.
  • Øveråsta: Life jackets in the outhouse at Skjelbua.

The boats are unlocked and for free use. Use is at your own risk.

At the northern end of Lake Våsjø it is arranged for disabled people to fish. Here are floating docks, and rowboats for lending. There is also a toilet, a barbecue area and a gaping hook.

Fishing in Gudbrandsdalslågen

Gudbrandsdalslågen with its tributaries is among the best fishing rivers in the country. Here there is a wide variety of watercourses and a large range of fish species. Lågen Fiskeelv is an association of 9 individual zones that dispose of fishing rights in Lågen from Lake Mjøsa and almost to Lesjaskogsvatnet. Furthermore, the tributaries are Gausa, Jøra and Augga, and Otta up to and including Vågå (and the Vågåvatnet in Vågå municipality) as well as the lower part of the Lora river with the Lågen Fishing River.

Gudbrandsdalslågen past Øyer offers both quieter and more wild rivers. Every year, several large trout are taken, but also the fishing for grayling is very good, especially in the fall. In addition, there are whitefish, perch, lake, pike, carp fish and brown trout. South towards Lillehammer


Fishing in Lake Mjøsa

10 minutes south of Hafjell you will find the lake, Mjøsa. In Mjøsa there are 20 species of fish in addition to freshwater crabs. The gull is rich in fish, especially salmon, whitefish, trout, perch and pike.

The trout spawns in several of the tributaries (best known as the Dog Trout) and grows large in Mjøsa, where it can grow up to 15 kg. The trout in Mjøsa is one of Europe's largest. Almost all 20 species of fish found in Lake Mjøsa are also present in the Lågend Delta at Lillehammer. This provides varied fishing opportunities throughout the ice-free season. The most sought after fish in the lower parts of the Lågen are the whales, which offer abundant fishing from April to October. The autumn season starts with dry fly fishing between the ice floes in April and metefish in May during the spring flood. Throughout the summer and autumn, fly fishing is most prevalent. The large Dog Trout provides the most challenging and exclusive fishing experiences, and it is difficult to deceive.