The Hossa permit area is situated in the north-eastern part of the municipality of Suomussalmi inside the Hossa National Park, which was founded to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence. The landscape of Hossa mostly consists of ridges cloaked in pine. In between the ridges one finds over a hundred lakes and ponds and several streams and rivers. The waters are easily accessible and most of them are rugged and clear-watered.
The fishing waters of Hossa have naturally strong perch and whitefish stocks. Fry plantings of salmonids are also conducted in the area's lakes and ponds. Good feeding conditions allow the planted fish to thrive and grow very large. The Hossanjoki River is stocked with catch-sized trout to improve the fishing experience even further. The ponds Keihäslampi and Huosilampi are regularly stocked with catch-sized rainbow trout throughout the year.
Purchasing a permit
12 € / 3 hours
18 € / day
90 € / week
All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on the licences and persons under 15 years of age are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with permission from 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. Family licences cannot be purchased via the mobile licence system.
The week permit also allows you to fish in the Kylmäluoma permit area (4525). When fishing in these waters, one must abide by the rules and regulations of the permit area.
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 4 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.
Suomussalmi: TB Turjanhovi (service station), Hossa Visitor Centre (nationalparks.fi)
Pudasjärvi: Neste Pudasjärvi (service station)
Kuusamo: Kiutamajat (tourism entrepreneur)
Kontiomäki: Kainuun Tähti Oy / Neste Kontiomäki (service station)
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. In the Hossanjoki River between 1.6.–31.8. Trout fishing is prohibited in running waters and rapids between 1.9.–30.11. Grayling fishing is prohibited between 1.4.–31.5.
All fishing in the area requires the Hossa angling permit. 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 Lapland ELY Centre (2280/5710/2015). The purpose of the decision is to secure the economic use of fish stocked into the area's waters.
The permit grants the right to lure fishing (lure, fly, jig), hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
The use of bait pastes, silicone balls or other artificial baits is prohibited.
Each angler is permitted to use one rod or line when fishing from the shore, an anchored boat or the ice. The rod must be in the angler's hand or within the angler's reach at all times (= max. 2 metres away from the angler). Leaving a rod to fish by itself is prohibited. When trolling without a motor, anglers are permitted to use two rods per angler.
The use of one's own boat/canoe/flotation device is permitted on Iso-Valkeinen, Keski-Valkeinen, Ala-Valkeinen, Pitkä-Hoilua-Kokalmus and on route waters. Storing a boat within the national park for extended periods of time requires a separate permit. These permits and further information may be acquired via email at pentti.hamunen(a)metsa.fi or via phone at +358 400 291014. In addition to the waters mentioned above, the use of a flotation device is also permitted on Kirkasvetinen. Rental boats are available for fishing on Umpi-Valkeinen and Pitkä-Hoilua-Kokalmus. The use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).
Fishing in the fly fishing area of Hossanjoki River is only permitted with fly fishing tackle.
Everyone has the right to hook and line fish and ice fish free of charge in the other pond and lake waters within the Hossa national park that are not part of the Hossa permit area (5502), and with the payment of the fisheries management fee one gains the right to lure fish in these pond and lake waters (Section 7 of the Fishing Act).
Catch quotas and catch reports
- 3 hour permit allows you to catch 1 salmonid.
- Day permit allows you to catch 1 brown trout or landlocked salmon, or 3 rainbow trout, graylings or whitefish.
- Week permit allows you to catch 2 salmonids/day.
The fisher can only catch the number of salmonids specified on the permit. Regardless of the combination of permits the angler has, they may only catch a maximum of three salmonids / day.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Fish species||Catch Size||Protection period|
|Trout with adipose fin||At least 60 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
The national park has plenty of outdoor structures such as campfire sites, lean-to shelters and wilderness cabins to serve anglers and hikers. There are also marked hiking trails. A visitor to Hossa may also take advantage of the area's comprehensive lodging services and the Hossa Visitor Centre that provides fishing permits, guidance and information as well as cafe and restaurant services. The Visitor Centre also rents out cabins, boats, canoes, kayaks, fishing tackle and hiking gear.
Accessible fishing spots
Hossa also has fishing spots that are suitable for physically impaired anglers. The Huosilampi pond situated near the Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible, and a great place to catch rainbow trout. The pond has four casting piers that were renovated in 2017. In total, the pond's shores have some 600 metres of accessible gravel paths (with some sections covered with wood).
In the summer of 2017, a new accessible casting pier was built right by the rapids in Somerjoki River's Lihapyörre. The Värikallio parking lot is some 200 metres away via a gravel path.
The rental cabins at Jatkonsalmi, Huosiusjärvi, Hirvastupa and Peurapirtti have piers where you can board a boat in a wheelchair.
The Visitor Centre also has two electric scooters for rent and one walker that can be borrowed. You can also charge your wheelchair battery at the Visitor Centre. Read more about Hossa's accessible services here.
Umpi-Valkeinen is one of the most popular angling destinations in Hossa. It is a pond with two parts and a shallow strait in the middle. The north side of the pond is smaller and shallower, which makes it ideal for fishing from the shore. The most sought after fish in the pond are perch and trout, which can grow surprisingly large considering the small size of the
pond. The tremendous growth of the fish in the pond is explained in part by the abundance of ten-spined stickleback, which is an ideal prey species for these predators. Anglers should take this into account when choosing lures! Umpi-Valkeinen is also home to grayling, which is fry-planted into the pond together with trout. Rental boats are also available.
Iso-Valkeinen is home to terrific perch, trout and grayling and giant whitefish that anglers come back for again and again. Some of the most popular methods are trolling and ice fishing. The best spots in Iso-Valkeinen are found on the edges of islands and deep spots, and in the shallow and rocky patches near them. Because the water is so clear, the fish are really shy and they won't taste just anything that comes their way, which makes fishing a welcome challenge. One can also try to improve his or her fishing fortunes by renting a muscle-operated rental boat.
Good perch spots are not limited only to the most fished waters. By inspecting the map of the Hiking Area you can find a nice little perch pond for yourself. Few anglers venture far offthe grid, so often you will be able to fish in peace by your lonesome.
The rapids of Hossanjoki River were restored for the purposes of recreational fishing in the 1990s. The permit area covers a stretch that is 5 kilometres long and contains approximately ten different rapids sections with naturally strong grayling stocks. Catch-size trout is also planted into the area. You might even catch something that comes with real bragging rights: brown trout sometimes rise to the upper reaches of Hossanjoki from Lake Kiantajärvi. If
you experience a violent bite, especially early in the summer, it might just be one of these clear-sided whoppers saying hello.
Hossa's other river fishing destinations, including Peranganjoki, Somerjoki and Iikoski, also offer opportunities for rapids fishing. These are primarily grayling waters, but you might also be able to bag the occasional trout.
Hossanjoki River is regularly stocked with catch-sized trout during the summer season, and the area's other waters are managed with regular fry plantings. The ponds Keihäslampi and Huosilampi are regularly stocked with catch-sized rainbow trout throughout the year.