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!
Purchasing a permit
In Änäkäinen angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 3-hour, 24-hour or 7-day permit.
|permit validity||permit price|
|3 hours||12 €|
|24 hours||18 €|
|7 days||90 €|
Persons under 18 years of age pay half price for the angling permit.
Persons under 15 years of age may fish under the angling permit and within the fishing quota of an adult belonging to the same party, without needing to purchase an angling permit of their own.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
Where to purchase A permit
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
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)
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. Fishing is not allowed on 10 - 12 June 2021 3 PM due to Angling Day event.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
Änäkäinen 7521 angling permit grants the right to lure fishing (lure, fly, jig), hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
As general fishing rights do not apply in Lake Saarijärvi, it is prohibited to fish there with a lure under a fisheries management fee as well as fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing), and through a hole in the ice in wintertime (ice fishing), unless you have purchased an angling permit 7521. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
General fishing rights apply to other waters in the Änäkäinen angling permit area. This means that you do not need to pay the fisheries management fee or purchase an angling permit for hook and line fishing or ice fishing with one (1) rod in these pond and lake waters. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these ponds and lakes for anglers who have paid the fisheries management fee or are under 18 or over 64 years of age.
The angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) also grants the right to fish in the other waters in the area except in Lake Saarijärvi.
Fishing gear and bait
During open water season each angler may use one (1) rod with a single line. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing. When trolling from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line.
When fishing from the ice, one angler can use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line. One of these may be a passive rod (left alone for fishing). The passive rod may be no more than 10 metres away from the angler. To fish from the ice with one active and one passive rod, an angler aged between 18 and 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee.
Trap and net fishing, torch fishing, using harpoon and dive fishing are prohibited in the waters of Änäkäinen area, in other words in Lakes Saarijärvi, Änäkäinen, Syväjärvi, Välilampi and Matinlampi.
All types of artificial baits, bait paste and silicone balls as well as natural baits, such as worms, grubs, shrimps and bait fish, may be used in Änäkäinen angling permit area.
You may use a flotation device for fishing.
The use of one's own boat and canoe is prohibited.
The use of an outboard motor for fishing on a rental boat is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).
The size of the catch quota depends on the validity of the permit. The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|3 hours||1 rainbow trout|
|24 hours||3 rainbow trouts|
|7 days||2 rainbow trouts per day|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increased by purchasing several permits for the same 24-hour period.
Catch sizes and protection periods
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree.
Services in the area
The area also boasts a comprehensive network of lean-to shelters, campfire sites, cooking shelters and duckboards. There are also interesting defensive positions from the Winter and Continuation Wars in the area.
Businesses in the village of Nurmijärvi offer lodging and restaurant services and rent boats.
Catch-sized rainbow trout is stocked into Lake Saarijärvi four times in March–April and then again every 2–3 weeks between May and September and before Christmas.