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Irninjoki 5578

The Irninjoki joint permit area comprises the rapids, running waters and river pools between Laankoski and Iiviökoski in the upper reaches of Irninjoki river. The area has a total length of 4.3 kilometres.

Large graylings and brown trout are the most common fish caught in the area. The rapids of Irninjoki are ideally suited for catching graylings with fly fishing. The most common catch in the river pools is pike. The fish stock of the river is managed with releases of grayling and brown Trout fry.


Recreational fishing (angling)
1 June–31 October
Casting, Fly fishing
Trout, Grayling, Pike
Fry stocking of natural fish stocks

Purchasing a permit

Permits become available on 20 May 2024.

In Irninjoki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The angling permit prices are as follows:

Permit validity Permit price
24 hours 15 €
7 days 30 €
Season 60 €

Anglers under 18 years of age pay half price.

Anglers under 15 years of age who are fishing with an adult can fish under the adult's angling permit with the same catch quota. In other words, they do not require a separate angling permit. 

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 (



Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.


Taivalkoski: Kylmäluoma Camping
Kuusamo: Customer Service Karhuntassu (
Pudasjärvi: Neste Pudasjärvi

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

1 June–31 October

Water areas included in the angling permit

The Irninjoki angling permit area 5578 comprises the Irninjoki water areas between Laankoski and Iiviökoski belonging to Metsähallitus and Polojärvi water area partnership.

Anglers can check the borders of the permit area on the permit area map on this page and in the map service. 

What does the permit entitle the holder to?

The Irninjoki angling permit allows the use of lure and fly.

Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters where there are migratory fish routes (incl. this permit area), regardless of whether you have an angling permit or not.

Purchasing other Metsähallitus' angling permits does not entitle you to fish in this permit area.

Regional restrictions

In the lower part of Petäjäkorva, on the west bank of the river, fishing the shore is prohibited on private property. The prohibited area is marked on the terrain, on the pdf map of the permit area and the Tour Map.


Boats and canoes may be used in fishing. Outboard motors may only be used in the river pools.

Catch quotas

The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:

Permit validity Maximum catch
24 hours 1 trout and 3 graylings
7 days 3 trouts and 10 graylings
Season 10 trouts/season and 2 graylings/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

The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:

Species Catch Size Protection period
Trout with adipose fin At least 60 cm 1.9.–30.11.
Trout without adipose fin At least 50 cm


Grayling At least 35 cm 1.4.–31.5.*

*During the protection period of grayling, all fishing in the permit area is prohibited.

Metsähallitus recommends anglers to release all trout with adipose fin back into the water.

Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.

Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.

Further information

Fisheries management

Grayling and brown trout fry are released to the permit area as obligatory stocking.

Impact of water temperature on fishing

Read the guidelines for responsible fishing to know more about how you can take high temperatures into account when fishing.