The relatively few tourist offices that offer organised sea fishing trips with excellent chances of a good catch. The trips themselves take place from boats that are usually allowed to drift or lie at anchor.
When angling at sea fishing depths typically vary from 100 to 300 metres (300-1000 feet). In the following you can read about a number of typical fish (cod, rose fish and Greenland shark) that can be caught in addition to species of fish such as halibut, Greenland halibut, catfish and dab.
Experience has shown that there are good chances of catching cod between islands, at places with currents and at the mouths of fjords, in particular in small coves and bays where the cod typically shelter from the current. Glaciers and outflows from the ice sheet often also provide good places to catch cod. This is due to the erosion of nutrients from the ice sheet, which creates a good supply of food for the fish.
Greenland has four species of rose fish, of which the 'large rose fish' is the most sought-after among anglers.
The rose fish is a demersal fish which is caught at depths of 100 metres (300 feet) or more. It can be up to 1 metre (3 feet) in length and weigh up to 15 kilos (33 lbs). The fish often appear in shoals, so once you have found a rose fish site, it is usually possible to secure a large catch.
If you are looking for big-game hunting on the seas, fishing for the Greenland shark is just the ticket! Anglers have caught specimens of up to 400 kg (900 lbs), but the shark can actually weigh up to 1000 kilos (2205 lbs) and be 4.5 metres (15 feet) long. It lives most of its life at the bottom of fjords, but has also been seen swimming at the surface. As the sharks swim in groups, you only have to tempt the first and the others will soon follow. The sharks can be caught all year round, and shark fishing from sea ice has become particularly popular in recent years.
Download fishing license payment slip here. Please bring the receipt on your fishing trip so that you can show it to the local authorities on request.