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Ivalojoki 1567

Permits become available on 13 April 2021 at 9:00 AM.

Ivalojoki River (Avveeljuuhâ in Inari Sami) is born at the base of the Peltotunturi Fell in the Lemmenjoki National Park in Enontekiö. Almost the entire length of the river (180 km) runs through rugged wilderness and the river finally runs into Lake Inarijärvi.

Ivalojoki is the most important spawning river of Lake Inarijärvi's native brown trout. According to a number of studies, Ivalojoki and its tributaries produce most of the brown trout that return to the lake to feed.

The permit area has been divided into four different zones (pools) with limited number of permits. The number of available permits varies depending on the season.


Recreational fishing (angling)
Primarily 1 June – 31 August. Check the permit terms for exceptions.
Fly fishing, Casting
Trout, Grayling, Whitefish, Pike
Natural fish stock, Fry stocking of natural fish stocks
Campfire site, Boat launching, Cottage

Purchasing a permit

The number of fishing permits available for the different fishing zones is limited. Please remember to check the availability of fishing permits before your fishing trip.

If you are ordering a permit for more than one person by phone, make sure that you have the addresses and birth dates of all the persons at hand when you make the call. This ensures that the purchase transaction will not be interrupted. 

Zones and number of permits

Zone 1 covers Ivalojoki River from Lappispola to the mouth of Appisjoki River. 

Number of permits per period in zone 1 are as follows:


permit quota

1 June – 20 June

200 fishing days. No daily quota.

21 June – 15 August

20 permits per day.

16 August – 31 August

130 fishing days. Ten (10) permits per day.

Zone 2 begins at the mouth of Appisjoki River and divides into two branches at the mouth of Repojoki River. In southern branch the zone ends at the road bridge and in the northern branch before the bridge.

Number of permits per period in zone 2 are as follows:

period permit quota
1 June – 27 June 156 fishing days. No daily quota.
28 June – 31 August 546 fishing days. Six (6) permits per day.

Zone 3 covers those parts of Rivers Ivalojoki, Repojoki and Lismajoki that are located in the Lemmenjoki National Park. In this zone fishing is allowed between 1 June and 31 August. Permit quota for zone 3 is 350 fishing days. There is no daily quota.

Zone 4 covers Rivers Tolosjoki and Sotajoki. In this zone fishing is allowed between 1 July and 31 August. Permit quota for zone 4 is 214 fishing days. There is no daily quota.


In Ivalojoki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 12-hour or 24-hour permit. Validity begins at midnight or at noon. The prices for angling permits are as follows:

permit validity price
12 hours 12 €
24 hours 20 €

Persons under 18 years of age pay half price for the angling permit.

Persons under 15 years of age may fish in a party with an adult under the adult's angling permit, with the same fishing quota, i.e. they do not require their own 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 or 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 4 PM.


Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Primarily 1 June – 31 August. Check the permit terms for exceptions.

Exceptions to the fishing period

In zone 4 fishing is allowed between 1 July and 31 August.

All fishing in Ivalojoki River is prohibited on Mondays, with the exception of Repojoki River. It is allowed to fish in Repojoki also on Mondays.

Water areas that are not included in this angling permit and regional restrictions

The zones also contain private water areas and other water areas where fishing is prohibited. The Ivalojoki angling permit does not allow fishing in these water areas. Anglers must check the borders of the permit area on the permit area map.

Fishing gear and bait

Lures and flies are permitted.

The use of a bait fish in hook and line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing is absolutely prohibited in the municipalities of Upper Lapland (i.e. also in Ivalojoki River).

Disinfection of fishing tackle

All fishing gear brought in from outside the municipality of Inari must be absolutely dry or disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing.

If the same gear is used for fishing in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, one must disinfect all fishing gear to prevent the spreading of the parasite Gyrodactylys salaris. 

One can disinfect the fishing gear at the Inari fish harbour. Also several tourism companies located by Tenojoki River have disinfection stations.

Catch quotas and catch reports

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

fish species maximum catch during 24 hours
Trout 1 fish
Grayling or whitefish 3 fish

There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.

Catch surveys are sent to fishers after the permit expires. All caught and released fish must also be reported.

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 At least 50 cm 1.9.–30.11.*
Grayling At least 30 cm No protection period in this permit area

* During the protection period of trout fishing is not allowed in the permit area.

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

Further information

Further information about fishing in Ivalojoki River: