The Kemihaara recreational fishing destination is situated in the upper reaches of Kemijoki River from Uuraojansuu to Kemihaara Bridge. The permit area is an approximately 11 kilometres long stretch of river waters that have been protected from any kind of fishing for over thirty years. Most of the area consists of rapids sections both big and small that can be waded almost in their entirety. There is one hut on the riverbank. A forest lorry road runs on the Eastern side of the river, but it is in poor condition and may not be accessible to regular street vehicles.
Purchasing a permit
A maximum of eight (8) persons can fish simultaneously in Kemihaara permit area.
The price of angling permit Kemihaara is 20 euros for 24 hours. The permit validity begins always at 6:00 PM.
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.
Permit terms for the area1.6.–10.9. Trout fishing is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11.
When do you need an angling permit
Angling permit 3548 is required for lure fishing in Kemihaara permit area. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in non-flowing waters. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters where there are migratory fish routes, regardless of whether you have an angling permit or not.
An angler may use one (1) rod with a single line. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away).
Only fly fishing gear can be used when fishing in Kemihaara permit area. Only fly without casting weight is permitted
Only barbless hooks are permitted.
Catch quotas and catch reports
Catching more than one (1) grayling or trout during a 24-hour period is prohibited. There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
It is recommended that all caught brook trout are kept as catch.
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 and at most 35 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.