Kalliojoki 5575 is a joint permit area formed from the river sections owned by Metsähallitus and the Lentua joint ownership associations. 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 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 total length of the rapids is 4 km and most of them are easily accessible.
The 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 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.
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 3 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)
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
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.
Purchasing other Metsähallitus' angling permits or simply paying the fisheries management fee does not entitle you to fish in the joint permit area.
Regional and access restrictions
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. The fly fishing area is marked on the PDF map 1 attached to the permit area map.
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.
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.
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 the Kalliojoki River 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 Kalliojoki River waterway was restored in 2009-2010. During restoration, the diversity of the river, once cleared for timber floating, was restored to resemble more closely its natural state, with special attention paid to the living conditions of fish in the salmon family. Restoration efforts were continued in the 2010s by adding spawning gravel to rapids, thereby enabling the natural reproduction of fish.
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.