Kalliojoki 5575

The Kalliojoki waterway in Kuhmo originates near the Finnish-Russian border and finally runs into Lake Lentua. Along its path are around a dozen lakes that are separated by short rapids sections. Kalliojoki River was the most important spawning ground for Lentua's brown trout before it was cleared for the purposes of log driving. The rapids of the waterway have since been restored to be more hospitable to salmonids. The restoration efforts were completed in 2011.

The Kalliojoki recreational fishing permit grants the right to fish in the rapids sections of the waterway. The waterway's total length is 40 km with 27 rapids. The most common catch in the area's rapids is grayling, but trout is also fairly prevalent. In addition to these, one might also chance upon a bright-sided brown trout.

Kalliojoki is a joint permit area formed from the river sections owned by Metsähallitus and the Lentua joint ownership associations (3, 5 and Viiksimo). The total length of the rapids is 4 km and most of them are easily accessible.
 

Kalliojoki

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year; trout is protected in running waters and rapids between 1.9.–30.11. and grayling is protected between 1.4.–31.5.
Casting, Fly fishing
Grayling, Trout, Pike, Perch, Whitefish
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter

Buying a license

Prices:

  • €10 / day
  • €25 / week
  • €50 / year

All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on the permits and persons under 15 years of age are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with permission from their parent or legal guardian.
 

 

You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.

 

 

Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.

 

 


As of 31 December 2019, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator Telia’s decision not to provide the service anymore. Other sales channels are still available.

Call the number for the permit you want:

Permit type Number Price
Day  +358 600 55 1640 €10.01 + standard mobile rate
Week  +358 600 55 1641 €24.95 + standard mobile rate
Day (under 18 y/o) +358 600 55 1643 €5.01 + standard mobile rate
Week (under 18 y/o)    +358 600 55 1644 €12.52 + standard mobile rate

You can order your fishing permit by phone from the automated number. Simply dial the number for the permit you want and enter the four digit number of the desired fishing destination. The call must be made from a Finnish mobile subscription. Further instructions >

The call is charged on your mobile phone invoice.

Read the permit terms of Metsähallitus.
 

Please note that mobile permit purchases are limited to 100 euros a month and to 2 purchases per day per mobile phone plan.

 

Kuhmo: Petola Visitor Centre
Kuhmo: Pääkkönen&Piirainen (hunting and fishing store)
Suomussalmi: TB Turjanhovi (service station)

 

 

Licence terms

Regional licensing terms

Calendar year; trout is protected in running waters and rapids between 1.9.–30.11. and grayling is protected between 1.4.–31.5.
  • Wading in the river is prohibited between 1.9.–31.5.
  • Each angler may use one rod or line when fishing from the shore or the ice, and the rod or line must remain within the angler's reach at all times.
  • Korpikoski Rapids have been added to the permit area in 2017. The rapids are accessible from the forest lorry road on the north side of the rapids. Fishing from the south bank requires permission from the landowner.  
  • In the river section between lakes Kalliojärvi and Jokijärvi, fishing is only permitted with fly fishing tackle.
  • The highest rapids of the route are protected spawning areas. These are separately marked on the permit area map.
  • In order to fish in the rapids of Kalliojoki, you need this specific permit. The right to fish in Kalliojoki is not included in the Metsähallitus Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu (5411) angling permit, the national fisheries management fee or everyman's fishing rights (the rights to hook and line fishing and ice fishing).
     

Catch quotas

Day 3 grayling or 1 trout

 

Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi. All caught and released fish must also be reported.

Catch sizes

  • Grayling 35 cm, or 45 cm in the fly fishing area (Jokijärvi–Kalliojärvi).
  • Trout with adipose fin 60 cm.
  • Trout without adipose fin 50 cm.
     

Extra information

Tips

The best times to fish in the Kalliojoki River are early and late summer when the rapids are full of water and the surface waters are not too warm. If you mean to go after grayling specifically, then late summer/fall is the season for you.

You should seek out rapids with low fishing pressure. Most rapids in Kalliojoki are easily accessible and you can move from one section to another with relatively little effort. If you see that a rapids section is being heavily fished, move to somewhere else entirely.

Passive and cautious fish are extremely difficult to fool. When the fish are acting in this way, you would do well to switch your lures and flies to slightly smaller ones. This is especially effective when using flies to catch grayling.

The "final slide" of some rapids may surprise you. The Kalliojoki water system has several rapids that run directly into a lake. These final sections are every now and then visited by large trout from the open lake who like to feed on small fish, so lures and flies that mimic vendace, for example, can be really effective.
 

Fisheries management

The waters of Kalliojoki are managed with fry stocking of trout and grayling.

The mean discharges of the Kalliojoki route are 3.6 m3/s in the upper reaches and 5.5 m3/s in the lower sections.