It’s not how many fish you catch – it’s how you catch them!

Fishing paradise

Hotagsbygden is a fishing paradise for anglers. The district is by the famous Fishing Road – highway 340 – that runs between Krokom in Sweden and Namsos in Norway. The whole area has plentiful fishing stocks and most fishing waters can offer fine varieties of mountain fish such as char, salmon trout, grayling and whitefish. The area has attracted anglers from near and far for a very long time.

More than a century of tourists

As early as the end of the 19th century English noblemen could be seen elegantly casting their split cane fishing rods in the Toskströmmen and Rengströmmen rivers. Early mountain hikers discovered the many mountain tarns teeming with fish that lay near at hand and a few wealthy fishing
tourists made their way to the district in the early years of the 20th century. Amongst these early visitors was the American newspaper journalist William H. Stoneman, the foreign affairs correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, and a man who despite having travelled the world found his own little paradise in Valsjöbyn. Mr Stoneman had three clear objectives when he left his Paris home for a holiday:

”I want to fish, I want be able to live without being crowded by people and I don’t want to be robbed.”- Three wishes that you can still fulfil in the Hotagen district to this day


You just need one card – the Hotagen card

Fishing in untamed Nordic landscapes with 6,000 hectares of water and over 100 fishing waters

The Hotagen card is a unique cooperation that began in 1998 between the four northernmost fishing areas in the Krokom municipality. Everyone from amateurs to the most discriminating angler can find an idyllic place to fish. There are wind breaks and barbecue areas by many of the fishing places that you reach by following narrow paths.

You can buy the Hotagen card in the district’s shops and tourist facilities or buy it online  Buy fishing permit >


A. Gunnarvattnet fishing administration area

Within the Gunnarvattnet fishing administration area we have only native fish stocks which have adapted naturally to their environment – in other words no fish have been introduced to the area. You can fish for salmon trout and char in the lakes in the wilderness landscape near to the beautiful Hotagen mountains. Why not try your luck with the large trout and whitefish in the lakes Rörsjön and Gunnarvattnet.


B. Valsjön fishing administration area

Valsjöbyn on Fiskevägen has a wide range of fishing experiences on offer and the area extends from Stor-Foskvattnet in the east to Rengen in the west. Since January 2004, the Hotagen-Flinten area has been part of the Valsjön fishing administration area, bringing the total number of lakes to around 60. The largest lakes are Valsjön, Rengen, Stor-Foskvattnet and parts of Hotagen. There are also several other large lakes. The area can also offer river fishing for example in the Toskströmmen and above the Rengsfallet waterfall.


C. Rörvattnet-Skogsjö fishing administration area

This area is a little paradise for family fishing. You can find exciting and challenging fishing for all ages and fishing waters are often easily accessible. The road to Stensjön means that even mountain fishing is easy to reach. Our waters have mainly salmon trout and char and you can choose between the mountains or the forest as an inspirational backdrop to your fishing and other activities.


You can buy the Hotagen card in the district’s shops and tourist facilities or buy it online:

Buy fishing permit >

As a visitor in our area please help us take care of our environment

Garbage bags can be bought at Fahlström Bygg, Valsjöbyn, Handlarn, Rötviken and Magnussons Fjällanläggningar, Bakvattnet. There are also dustbins where you can leave your garbage bag.

Recycling containers for paper, newspapers, plastic, metal and glass are placed close to Fahlströms Bygg, Valsjöbyn and next to Handlarn, Rötviken.

The Right of Public Access – This is allowed

The Right of Public Access gives everybody the freedom to roam the Swedish countryside. But there are some things you must keep in mind when you are out walking, camping, climbing, picking flowers or doing something else in the countryside.

Here you can read more about the Right of Public Access