Tana tops list of best rivers to catch salmon in Norway

Salmon fishingPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

The Tana river ended up on the top of the list of rivers where most salmon have been caught in the last decade, a survey from Statistics Norway (SSB) shows.

According to Statistics Norway, in Tana, catches have been close to 11,000 salmon a year on average.

The Namsenvassdraget and Altavassdraget follow in second and third place, with upwards of 8,000 and 7,000 salmon a year on average, respectively.

Last year, however, most fish were caught in Namsen. For Tana, the 2019 catch was far below average.

In total, salmon fishing was reported in around 400 rivers and watercourses in Norway last year.

At the same time, the proportion of fish caught and released alive has doubled from just over 10% in 2012 to 20% in 2019.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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