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.
Purchasing a permit
In Kalliojoki joint permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or a calendar year. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||25 €|
|A calendar year||50 €|
Persons under 18 years of age can buy the angling permit at half price.
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.
Kuhmo: Pääkkönen & Piirainen (hunting and fishing store)
Suomussalmi: TB Turjanhovi (service station)
- Several remaining
- Less than 5 left
- Out of stock
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year; trout is protected in running waters and rapids between 1.9.–30.11. and grayling is protected between 1.4.–31.5.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
The Kalliojoki angling permit grants the right for lure fishing with lure, fly or jig.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters, regardless of whether you have an angling permit or not.
Other Metsähallitus' angling permits and only paid fisheries management fee do not entitle the permit holder to fish in the joint permit area.
The highest rapids of the Kalliojoki route are protected spawning areas. The protected areas are marked on the permit area map.
The Korpikoski 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.
An angler may use one (1) rod with a single line when fishing from the shore or the ice. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times.
In the river section between lakes Kalliojärvi and Jokijärvi, fishing is only permitted with fly fishing tackle.
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of salmonids that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|24 hours||3 grayling or 1 trout|
|7 days||3 grayling or 1 trout per day|
|A calendar year||3 grayling or 1 trout per day|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increasing 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:
|Fish species||Catch Size||Protection period|
|Trout with adipose fin||At least 60 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm, between Lakes Kalliojärvi and Jokijärvi at least 45 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
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.
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.