Änäkäinen 7521

The interesting and pristine Änäkäinen permit area is situated on the north side of Lieksa by the Kivivaara road. The area's specialty is the sturdy row of anti-tank stones that are part of the Salpa defensive line from WW2. At Änäkäinen, the row of stones crosses the Kivivaarantie road that leads to the Finnish-Russian border. During the Continuation War this road became known as "the road to Rukajärvi". The pine-covered ridges and numerous ponds and lakes of the area create a harmonious landscape where you can fish, hike on marked routes and take in the local fortifications and history of the Winter and Continuation Wars. 

The most popular fishing destination at Änäkäinen is Saarijärvi, where the most desired target species is rainbow trout, which is planted into the lake catch-sized. The other lakes and ponds are home to sizable perch and pike. With its trails and break spots, the area is an ideal fit for the whole family. 

Combine your fishing trip with war history and come enjoy the beautiful and interesting scenery Änäkäinen has to offer! 


Recreational fishing (angling)
Calender year.
Ice fishing, Casting
Rainbow trout, Perch, Whitefish, Pike
Catch size fish stocking
Laplander's hut, Campfire site, Rental boat

Buying a license


  • €12 / 3 h
  • €18 / day
  • €90 / week

All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on the permits and persons under 15 years of age are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with the permission of their parent or legal guardian. For fishers under 15 years of age who intend to fish alone, a one week's fishing permit is available free of charge at the Eräluvat online store. 

A family permit is also available for this destination. In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians. Married couples and couples in a civil union may also purchase family permits.  The family permit costs twice as much and its fishing quota is twice as large.


You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.



Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.



As of 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.





Lieksa: Lieksan Retkiaitta A. Karjalainen (sporting and hiking store)
Jongunjoki: Annukan kahvila (cafe)


Licence terms

Regional licensing terms

Calender year.
  • The permit grants the right to lure fishing (lure, fly, jig), hook and line fishing and ice fishing. 
  • Fishing in Saarijärvi requires the destination-specific angling permit for Änäkäinen (7521). General fishing rights (hook and line fishing, ice fishing, lure fishing under the fisheries management fee) do not apply at this destination by decision of the North Savo ELY Centre (POSELY/1345/5710/2015). The purpose of the decision is to secure the economic use of fish stocked into the area's waters. The angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) grants the right to fish in the other waters in the area where general fishing rights (hook and line fishing, ice fishing) also apply. Lure fishing is also permitted in these waters with the payment of the fisheries management fee. 
  • All natural baits (worms, grubs, bait paste, etc.) and artificial lures are allowed at this destination.
  • In the winter, each angler may use up to two rods and lines when fishing from the ice (one of these must be a tip-up). During open water season each angler is allowed one rod and line which must remain within the anglers reach at all times (max. 2 m away from the angler). Leaving the rod to fish by itself is prohibited.
  • When trolling without a motor, each angler is allowed 2 rods or lines.
  • Torch fishing, scuba fishing and harpoon fishing are prohibited.
  • The use of an own boat is prohibited, as is putting an outboard motor on a rental boat.
  • Trap and net fishing is prohibited in Änäkäinen and Mäntyjärvi.
  • Note! If you are actively ice fishing (i.e., fishing with a rod) while simultaneously having a tip-up on the ice, you must have paid the national fisheries management fee.

Catch quotas

3 hour permit 1 salmonid
Day permit 3 salmonids / day
Week permit 2 salmonids / day


There are no catch quotas for whitefish. The right to fish ends when the angler has caught enough fish to fulfil the permit's fishing quota.

Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi. All caught and released fish must also be reported.

Note! The angler may catch up to 3 salmonids / day(00:00-24:00), regardless of the type of permit or number of permits they have. 

Extra information


Businesses in the village of Nurmijärvi offer lodging and restaurant services and rent boats.

The area also boasts a comprehensive network of lean-to shelters, campfire sites, cooking shelters and duckboards, as well as other hiking and fishing structures. There are also interesting defensive positions from the Winter and Continuation Wars in the area.

Fisheries management

Catch-sized rainbow trout is stocked into Lake Saarijärvi four times in March–April and then again every 2–3 weeks between August and September and before Christmas.

Note! All of the area's lakes are home to large pike and plenty of whitefish.