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Lake Femsjøen is the southernmost of the six lakes in the Haldenvassdraget lake system. Located in Halden Municipality it empties the system in a steep fall into the Tista River and from there runs into the sea through Haldenfjorden and Svinesund Sound. This lake is deep and wide, as opposed to its more northern sisters. The lake surface is broken up by its many islands and sounds, creating excellent fishing places.


Lake Femsjøen is largely lacking in nutrients and thus has clear water. The shoreline is mostly composed of deciduous and coniferous trees, though there are some cultivated fields in the north and southwest. This is where there are shallows, as well as around the islands in the lake. There are some cabins around the lake and at the southern tip at Tistedalen there are villas and multifamily housing.

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About this activity

Type of fishing
Enkelt fiske Större utmaning
Area, hectares
1020 ha / 2520 acres
About the fishing
There are around 20 different species in Lake Femsjøen. The most common are pike, perch, roach, burbot and vendace. Other species you might hook include bleak, silver bream, bream, rudd, trout, ruffe and smelt.
All year, though with variations depending on species. You will get more detailed information about seasonal differences when you have booked.
Nice catches
Pike weighing over 10 kg are caught every year, as are perch over 1.2 kg. Perch weighing close to 2 kg have been caught in Lake Femsjøen.
Boat ramp
In the southern part of the lake. More information when you have booked.
Fishing regulation
You must bring your fishing licence with you and show it on request. C&R rules cover all pike that will not be eaten on site, all over 80 cm and more than 2 pike per day. Fishing methods include spin, fly and coarse fishing, as well as ice-fishing. Minimum size for trout is 25 cm. Fishing for eel is prohibited.
Fishing permit
The fishing licence is valid throughout Haldenvassdraget – thus the card for Lake Femsjøen is also valid for all the six lakes included in the lake system. There is no fee for youth under 16 years fishing with an adult. You can buy a fishing licence at www.inatur.no or at local outlets.
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