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Fishing in Kuusamo

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.

Fishing facts in 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 general permits, for lure fishing, permits to the special waters mentioned below and bait fishing permits of some local fishermen's associations. Webshop sells following licences:  Upper Kitkajoki, lower Kuusinkijoki, Kitka-Oulanka (rivers); Kitkajärvi, Virrankylä, Järvi-Kuusamo (lakes). (See Activities - Fishing licences.) For more information contact Kuusamo Info.

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.