Fishing brown trout on a wilderness lake in the middle of the realm of forest reindeers is possible at Iso-Koirajärvi, in the Salamajärvi national park. The scenic and clear-watered lake with its craggy beaches and islands is perfect for fishing and forgetting your daily worries. Brown trout and whitefish have been stocked in the lake for the fishers to catch. In addition, it is possible to catch a large perch or pike. Besides fishing, the many services available in the national park and at Koirajärvi offer plenty of wilderness experiences for the whole family.
New combination permit available
There is a new day permit available for the area, a Koirajärvi-Heikinlampi combination permit, which allows fishing at Koirajärvi and at Heikinlampi which is part of the Kaunislampi 6567 permit area. The combination permit does not allow fishing at the other waters of the 6567 permit area. Please familiarise yourself with the map of the permit area.
Purchasing a permit
In Koirajärvi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 3-hour, 24-hour or 7-day permit. The prices for angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|3 hours||12 €|
|24 hours||18 €, Koirajärvi–Heikinlampi combination permit 25 €|
|7 days||90 €|
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. A person under 15 years of age who is fishing alone may obtain a free one-week permit from the Eräluvat webshop. The permit terms for paid permits also apply to free permits.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
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.
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Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. Notice Koirajärvi-Heikinlampi combination permit: Fishing at Heikinlampi is not allowed between 10.6. 00:00 and 12.6. 15:00 (Angling Day 2021).
What does the permit entitle the holder to
All visitors fishing in the Koirajärvi angling permit area must obtain the Koirajärvi 6566 angling permit or Koirajärvi-Heikinlampi combination permit.
As general fishing rights do not apply within the Koirajärvi angling permit area, it is prohibited to fish there with a lure under a fisheries management fee as well as fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing), and through a hole in the ice in wintertime (ice fishing), unless the angler has obtained an angling permit. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) of North Savo has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
The Koirajärvi 6566 angling permit grants the right for lure fishing with lure, fly or jig as well as for hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
The isthmus between the lakes is a no fishing zone.
Fishing gear and bait
During the ice-free period, an angler may use one (1) rod with one line. The rod must be in the angler’s hand or within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing. When trolling lures or flies from a rowboat, an angler can use a maximum of two (2) rods, each of them with one line.
When fishing from the ice, one angler can use a maximum of two (2) rods, each of them with one line. Of these rods, one may be passive (tip-up). The passive rod must not be more than 10 metres away from the angler when fishing. If an angler between 18 and 64 years of age is fishing from the ice and has one active and one passive rod, the angler must pay the fisheries management fee.
All types of artificial baits, bait paste, silicone balls, as well as natural baits such as worms, shrimps and bait fish may be used in the Koirajärvi angling permit area.
Using harpoon and dive fishing are prohibited.
The use of flotation device for fishing is permitted.
The use of one's own boat is permitted, when the fee for its use (equal to the price of a rental boat) is paid to Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
The use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).
Catch quotas and catch reports
The size of the catch quota depends on the validity of the permit. The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|3 hours||1 trout|
|24 hours||2 trouts, with Koirajärvi–Heikinlampi combination permit* 3 trouts or rainbow trouts|
|7 days||2 trouts per day|
*With combination permit it is allowed to catch total three (3) trouts or rainbow trouts from Koirajärvi and Heikinlampi (not three trouts or rainbow trouts from both waters).
There is no fishing 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
In Koirajärvi Lake, the minimum catch size of a lake trout is 40 cm, and any lake trout smaller than this must be released (exceptional permission granted under section 57 of the Fishing Act).
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
Koirajärvi is in Salamajärvi National Park so there are network of trails with duckboards, campfire sites with lean-to shelters and a cooking shelter for anglers, hikers and families alike.
Boats may be rented from the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut. Rental prices of the boats are:
- 10 euros per 3 hours
- 15 euros per 9 hours
- 20 euros per 24 hours.
The Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut also offers lodging and food services etc. For more information, visit www.koirasalmi.com.
Koirajärvi is stocked with catch-sized trout and fry-sized whitefish.