For a number of years, the Lakselva has been at the very top of the list in Norway for average size of landed salmon. Over 40% of landed salmon are MSW (multi sea winter) salmon over 7 kg. In the latter years more than 40% of the reported salmon from Lakselva have been caught in zone 2, and a substantial number of these have been caught on private beats such as Soldatnes. The largest reported salmon from Lakselv during the fishing season in 2011 was caught by Nick Lloyd in the Stueneskulpen (or Stuenes Pool), which is the uppermost pool on Soldatnes. The salmon measured 137 cm, and was rather modestly estimated at 25 kg, before it was carefully released back into the river.
Some days you have to work so hard just to get a grab, and other days salmon fishing seems so easy. Lakselva is not a “large number river”. But it is here you have the chance of catching the fish of a lifetime.