The versatile Konnuskoski Rapids roar in Leppävirta between the lakes Konnusvesi and Unnukka, steeped in the cultural landscape of Northern Savo. Along the southern shore of the rapids runs the Konnus channel, which provides a way from Lake Saimaa to Lake Kallavesi, meaning that Konnuskoski can be reached by boat even from much further away. The Konnustupa restaurant serves patrons in the summer and offers good food and drinks as well as events and theatre on the weekends.
The Konnuskoski area contains three different rapids as well as calmer sections that form an interesting and diverse rod fishing destination. Pirttikoski and the upper part of Emäkoski are ideal for fly fishing while Koivukoski is great for casting. The flowing section below the rapids is a popular destination for motorless trolling. The fish stocks at Konnuskoski are based on both fry stockings and natural reproduction and the most sought after fish at the rapids are trout and pike-perch. However, your lure might also find its way into the jaws of a grayling, pike or perch.
Migratory fish habitats were restored at Pirttikoski in 2018 by making gravel spawning beds and fry production areas.
You can check the real-time water temperatures in Konnuskoski in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi).
We welcome you to experience the unforgettable fishing atmosphere of Konnuskoski and the beautiful cultural landscape of Savo.
Purchasing a permit
In Konnuskoski angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices for angling permits are as follows:
|Permit validity||permit price|
|6 hours||15 €|
|12 hours||20 €|
|24 hours||25 €|
|7 days||80 €|
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.
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.
Neste Leppävirta (service station)
Permit terms for the area1.1.–31.8. and 1.12.–31.12.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
All visitors fishing in Konnuskoski permit area must obtain Konnuskoski 7591 angling permit. 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 the person has an angling permit or not.
Konnuskoski angling permit (7591) grants the right to lure fishing (lure, fly, jig).
Angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) issued by Metsähallitus does not entitle you to fish in the waters of Konnuskoski angling permit area.
Wading is forbidden in Pirttikoski and the submerged dam of Emäkoski between 1. September –31. May. Trout has been found to reproduce naturally in Konnuskoski and this wading ban is in place to ensure the survival of roe and fry.
Fishing gear and bait
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). The rod may not be left alone for fishing.
When trolling from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum of two (2) rods, each one with a single line.
Metsähallitus recommends the use of barbless hooks.
The use of bait paste, silicone balls or similar as well as natural baits, such as grubs, worms, shrimp or bait fish, is prohibited in Konnuskoski angling permit area.
The use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Permit validity||maximum catch|
|6 hours||1 landlocked salmon without adipose fin or trout without adipose fin|
|12 hours||2 landlocked salmons without adipose fin or trouts without adipose fin|
|24 hours||3 landlocked salmons without adipose fin or trouts without adipose fin|
|7 days||2 landlocked salmons without adipose fin or trouts without adipose fin per day|
|Season||2 landlocked salmons without adipose fin or trouts without adipose fin per day|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
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|
|Landlocked salmon with adipose fin||All sizes of fish
must be released
|Protected throughout the year|
|Brown trout with adipose fin||All sizes of fish
must be released
|Protected throughout the year|
|Landlocked salmon without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||1.8.–30.11.|
|Brown trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||1.9.–30.11.|
|At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5. In other times Metsähallitus recommends releasing all caught grayling.|
|Pike-perch||At least 42 cm||No protection period|
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
There is a lean-to shelter, campfire site and boat launch ramp in the area. The Konnustupa summer restaurant also offers its services nearby.
Waters in Konnuskoski are stocked with brown trout fry. All stocked trout have had their adipose fins cut off.
A submerged dam has been built in Emäkoski and spawning areas has been built in Pirttikoski in the autumn of 2018.
Current information on the water discharge levels in Konnuskoski may be found here (ymparisto.fi).
Impact of water temperature on fishing
You can monitor the real-time water temperatures in Konnuskoski in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi). Read the Guidelines for responsible fishing to know more about how you can take high temperatures into account when fishing.