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Panorama picture from Drammen Municipality in Norway


There is no problem using a fishing rod from the banks of the river. A good fishing site is at the bend Øvre Sund, the local call this place Pølsesvingen. A wooden sculpture, carved with a chainsaw, of a whopper of a salmon stands there as a symbol of the abundant fish populations that inhabit the river.

There is also some salmon fishing to be done in Drammen, but for the most part this species is only passing through on its way to Hellefossen in Hokksund and even further upriver. That is where the country’s best salmon fishing is to be found. Each year fishermen wait patiently for the nibble. And they are down there somewhere, having travelled from far away maturing grounds in the Norwegian Sea, or around the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The Drammen River is a fisherman´s paradise. As many as 42 different species of fish are reported to inhabit the river. The number of different species of carp contribute significantly to the statistics. Here are just some of the rarities that can be found there: pond carp, orfe, chub, roach, rudd, common bream, silver bream, bleak, hagfish, smelt, common eel, common flounder and plaice. This mixture of freshwater and saltwater fish is unusual.

When it reaches the city bridge, the Drammen River is more than 200 meters (650 ft) wide and between 5-8 meters (16 – 26 ft) deep. It is possible to travel the river by boat as far as Hokksund, but a chart is recommended, due to the shallow waters and rocks. The shallowest point of the waterway measures 1.2 m (4 ft), and boats should not be more than 5 meters (16 ft) in height, due to the bridges that cross the river.