Two excellent rivers for trout fishing, the Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki rivers, run through the Oulanka National Park.
Surrounded by wild canyons and virgin forests, fishing in the park offers a truly unique and enjoyable experience for both novice and expert anglers. The park is also home to two of the most famous rapids in the country: Kiutaköngäs and Jyrävä. Kuusinkijoki River is a little south of the National Park, but also an excellent river for trout fishing. Whichever spot you choose, we are sure you will return refreshed and exhilarated.
All about fishing in Ruka-Kuusamo area:
Fishing in Finland: the fisheries management fee
The fisheries management fee combines the earlier fishery fee and the provincial lure fishing fee When you pay the fisheries management fee, you are entitled to fish with one rod everywhere in Finland except for rapids and currents in waters with migratory fish, prohibited areas, some special fishing sites, and the Åland Islands. The fisheries management fee must be paid by all 18–64-year-old fishers who engage in fishing other than angling, ice fishing or Baltic herring fishing (with a rod and vertically moved hooks attached to a line). The fee is 39 euros per year, 12 euros per week and 5 euros per day.
You can pay the fisheries management fee online at Eräluvat.fi or by calling the toll-free number +358 20 69 2424 of Metsähallitus (National Board of Forestry), or at Metsähallitus visitor centres (Kuusamo Info) and R-kioski convenience stores. The Metsähallitus phone number can be used on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When you pay the fee, you are simultaneously entered in the fisheries management fee register. Upon registering, you need to give your name, contact details and date of birth.
In addition to the fisheries management fee, you always need permission from the owner of the water area when you fish using fishing gear such as nets and fish traps, or if you fish using several rods, or if you catch crayfish. Angling, ice fishing and herring fishing are free, common fishing rights, for which no licence is needed.
The fisheries management fee does not apply to rapids and currents in waters with migratory fish, prohibited areas, special sites that require a specific permit, and the Åland Islands. You can find more information on exceptions to the common fishing rights at Kalastusrajoitus.fi.
Fishing facts of Kuusamo
- Kuusamo’s river fishing season spans from 1st June - 31st August. Lure and fly-fishing is allowed on the rivers; using live bait in waters with trout, grayling and whitefish is prohibited.
- Angling with live bait in Finland’s lakes and ponds is everyman’s right. In rivers this is allowed in areas marked for the purpose.
- Check the fishing permit prices and sales points of most popular permits, for lure fishing, permits to the special waters mentioned below and bait fishing permits of some local fishermen's associations. Stella Polaris's webshop sells following licences: Upper Kitkajoki, lower Kuusinkijoki, Kitka-Oulanka (rivers); Kitkajärvi, Virrankylä, Järvi-Kuusamo (lakes). (See Activities - Fishing licences.)
- Feel free to find out more information about the the Fishing Licence System in Finland.
Fishing areas in Kuusamo
- Kuusinkijoki River bait fishing permit: The main channel from the frontier zone up to Myllykoski, not valid for the tributaries.
- Kitkajoki River, upper course: The waters from Lake Kitkajärvi down to the border of the National Park. (Kiveskoski rapids - Aallokkokoski rapids)
- Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki rivers, lower course: Oulankajoki river down from the Nurmisaari and lower course of River Kitkajoki.
- Kurjenjoki River: the waters from Lake Soivionjärvi to Lake Pikku-Kero.
- Irni fishing area: covers the lakes of Kerojärvi, Irnijärvi and Polojärvi
- Lake Kitkajärvi general permit: covers the lakes Alakitkajärvi and Yläkitkajärvi (in Kuusamo and Posio). Lake Kitkajärvi is located 240 meters above the sea level.
- Järvi-Kuusamo (Lakeland Kuusamo) general permit covers the following lakes: Suininki, Kiitämä, Kirpistö, Kuusamojärvi, Muojärvi, Iijärvi, Poussujärvi, Soiviojärvi and Naamankajärvi.
- Special fishing waters: These are parts of lakes or ponds stocked with sizeable fish. For instance Petäjälampi pond: Located ca 5 km north of the town centre near Spa Hotel Kuusamon Tropiikki.