‘Fantastic’ wild salmon fishing season begins

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Norway’s wild salmon fishing season was starting June 1st, and researchers were predicting some wonderful weeks ahead for avid sportsfishermen who enjoy spending hours standing in or alongside rivers.

“We can only say ‘welcome to a fantastic season,'” Jens Christian Holst of Norway’s maritime and fisheries research institute Havforskningsinstitutt, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Holst said that access to food for large salmon at sea has been so good that he’s expecting record catches in the rivers of southern Norway.

Holst said that salmon entering Norwegian rivers have been large enough to eat nearly unlimited quantities of dying herring. “That’s why I say ‘welcome to a fantastic season,’ because the salmon in the rivers are especially large and fat,” Holst told DN.

Some of the salmon in the rivers of southern Norway are also known as “two winters salmon” because they stayed out at sea an extra year before heading up the rivers for breeding. He predicts an unusually large number of salmon weighing from eight to nine kilos (around 19 pounds) or more will be caught this season. He also thinks the fishing will be better in southern Norway than in central and northern Norway.

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