Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki 1583
Permits for 2023 become available on 18 April 2023 at 9 a.m.
The angling permit area of the rivers Kielajoki and Kaamasjoki is situated in Inari and is approximately 90 km long. Kaamasjoki River runs into Lake Muddusjärvi. Kielajoki is the largest tributary of Kaamasjoki.
The waters in the area are not treated with plantings but the fish stock relies on natural reproduction. Kielajoki River and its headwaters have been protected from all fishing by officials of the Inari fishing area for years. The protected area starts from the Kaamanen–Karigasniemi road bridge.This protection has aimed to secure the natural spawning of trout that rise up the Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki Rivers from Lake Muddusjärvi.
Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki
Purchasing a permit
The number of angling permits is limited. Please check the availability of permits prior to your 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.
Number of permits
The permit quota for Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki is 1400 fishing days. Number of permits per period are as follows:
|1–30 June||320 fishing days. No daily quota.|
|1–31 July||640 fishing days. A maximum of 25 persons can purchase an angling permit for the same day.|
|1–31 August||440 fishing days. No daily quota.|
Permit prices and validity
In the angling permit area of Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki, the customer can choose between a 12-hour or 24-hour permit. The prices for angling permits are as follows:
|12 hours||10 €|
|24 hours||15 €|
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.
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.
Inari: Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi)
Ivalo: Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi)
Saariselkä: Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen (nationalparks.fi)
Kiellajoki: Giellajohka Ltd
Permit terms for the area1.6.–31.8.
Water areas and regional restrictions that are included in this angling permit
The permit area strecthes from the road bridge over Kaamasjoki River in Kaamanen to Giellájohka holiday village where there is a road bridge over Kielajoki River.
In Kaamasjoki River, there are also private water areas and other water areas where fishing is prohibited. The Kaamasjoki–Kielajoki 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, bait and waste
Lures and flies are permitted.
In the municipalities of Upper Lapland (incl. the Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki angling permit area) it is prohibited to use bait fish when hook and line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing. This is to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite. To prevent the spread of other parasites, it is recommended to bury the waste after gutting the fish you have caught.
To prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite, all fishing gear brought in from outside Kaamasjoki and Kielajoki angling permit area must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing. You can disinfect your fishing gear at SEO petrol station in Ivalo and at Inari fish harbour.
These actions to stop the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite are based on the decree by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Fish species||Maximum cacth during 24 hours|
|Grayling or whitefish||3 fish|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
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.
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.
There are many private land areas by Tuurukoski rapids in Kaamasjoki River. Traversing across these private areas is prohibited and cars must not be parked along entryways leading to private lands. When fishing, please respect the privacy of these properties.
More information about the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite and how to prevent spreading it: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland and Finnish Food Authority (ruokavirasto.fi).