The joint permit area of the Korvuanjoki and Näljänkäjoki Rivers is a 110 kilometres long river fishing destination in the sparsely populated wilderness of North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu. The area covers dozens of running waters and rapids of various lengths. The waters of the permit area are owned by seven separate joint ownership associations, one private owner and Metsähallitus.
The rivers were once cleared for log driving but they have later been restored to be more hospitable to salmonids. The most probable and sought-after target species in the area is grayling, but there are also places where you can catch trout. The fish stock is primarily natural as the rivers haven't been stocked with fish in years. In order to secure the viability of the area's fish stocks, stricter permit terms are in place in Korvua-Nälkäjoki than in other recreational fishing destinations that are managed with plantings of catch-sized fish. Catching fish in these rivers can be a challenge, but skilful angling is rewarded with majestic, fully-finned salmonids that will not give up without a fight!
There are over 60 rapids in the area and numerous smaller running waters, so there is plenty of room to fish in. Many of the rapids are accessible by car while reaching some of the others requires some walking and their shores can have thickets and rocks that make them difficult to traverse. Most of the rapids are situated in areas where forestry is practiced, but there are also protected shores and old forests within the permit area.
Please note the protected areas in Korvuanjoki River (PDF map 2) and in Näljänkä-/ Naamankajoki river (PDF maps 4 and 5) during 2019–2021.
The waters of Korvuanjoki River, which were protected during the 2016-2018 fishing season, will open for fishing in summer 2019!
The Eräluvat team went fishing at Korvua-Näljänkäjoki. Watch a video of the excursion in YouTube >
All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on the permits and persons under 15 years of age
are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with permission from their parent or legal guardian.
You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.
Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
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.
Suomussalmi: TB Turjanhovi (service station)
Suomussalmi: Experience KL Oy /Hossa visitor centre
Pudasjärvi: Neste Pudasjärvi (service station)
Taivalkoski: Experience KL Oy/ Kylmäluoma Camping
Kontiomäki: Kainuun Tähti Oy/Neste Kontiomäki (service station)
|Day||3 grayling or 1 trout|
Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi. All caught and released fish must also be reported.
The permit area is very sparsely populated, which means the services on offer are quite modest. The
distances between the different rapids are long and the area's stores and service stations are few and far
between. Anglers should take these matters into account when planning their trips.
Information on the area's lodging services has been collected here. For more information on lodging and
other services you can also visit the websites of the area's municipalities:
Grayling is the primary catch in Korvua-Näljänkäjoki and it is quite evenly distributed across the permit area. The best times for grayling fishing are the days around Midsummer in June and in the autumn when the waters are slightly cooler, which is when big grayling are especially active and willing to take the bait. In the autumn the fish move to calmer sections, such as the final or first stretches of rapids. Generally, grayling like to spend time in parts that are deep enough, have only a mild current and provide enough protection. The grayling in the area are, on average, 20–40 cm long, but the largest whoppers can measure in at over half a metre.
Trout can be found every now and then in all of the waters in the area, but the best chance to catch one of
these spot-sided fish is in the Korvuanjoki River. Early and late summer are good times to go fishing for trout. As opposed to grayling, trout likes the faster parts of rapids, even surprisingly rough ones. Hooking a catch-sized trout in the area can be a challenge, but it is by no means impossible.
Anglers should look for remote rapids that have been spared the brunt of heavy fishing pressure. One of
the main benefits of a large permit area such as this one is that its waters are more resistant to fishing
pressure than individual rapids fishing destinations. There are always spots to be found that have been left alone by other anglers. Careful planning, looking at maps and hiking can be handsomely rewarded.
During heat waves, catching either grayling or trout can be challenging because of the low water level and warm surface waters. When the weather is especially warm, you should do your fishing in the evenings or at night.
In order to trick passive fish, you should try holding the lure or fly in place in front of where you think the
fish is. The fish might be prompted to strike after a surprisingly long wait!
The area is a great destination for canoeing anglers. The main channels always have enough water even
during the driest periods.
Fish plantings are no longer conducted in the area and a considerable number of years has passed since the waters were last artificially stocked. As a result, the angler can expect to catch fish that are the result of natural reproduction cycles. If the need arises, fry-stocking of native species (grayling, trout) is a possibility.
The permit area is a part of the Näljänkä route of the Iijoki water system. The rivers in the are
a were known for their abundance of fish in the past, but in the 1950s and 1960s the rivers were cleared to facilitate log driving. This marked the beginning of the end for the salmonids in these waters as the rocks that provided the fish with protection were removed and the spawning areas were caused significant harm. The situation was made worse by the ditching of forests that took place during that same period. These conditions hit the trout population especially hard and the viability of the fish stock was completely nullified.
The Environment Centres of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu took to restoring the area's rapids between
1988 and 2002. The latest restoration effort in the are a took place in 2010 when Metsähallitus created
dozens of gravel spots in the Korvuanjoki River to serve as trout spawning areas.
The most recent recovery plantings into the restored rapids were conducted in 2007 and no plantings have
been conducted since then, except for a few test plantings of fry-sized salmon and sea trout. These tests
were a part of the research project The Return of Migratory Fish to the Iijoki River.
Grayling is the most important catch species in the rapids and running sections of Korvua-Näljänkäjoki and the species is spread evenly across the area. To revitalise the population, the restored rapids were stocked with grayling between 1999 and 2006. These planted fish were from the stock of the Iijoki River. Today the area's grayling stocks are vibrant and reproduce naturally.
The Rivers Naamankajoki, Näljänkäjoki, Lylyjoki, Korvuanjoki and Korpijoki are great spots
for grayling catching. The rapids of Näljänkäjoki and Korvuanjoki have been known to hide particularly sizable specimens.
Trout is a much rarer catch, as its spawning in the area is quite minimal with the exception of certain river
sections. Trout is relatively populous in the Korvuanjoki River, but even there the fry production fluctuates
greatly from year to year. There are signs indicating that the trout of Korvuanjoki feed in Lake Korvuanjärvi,
which is indeed a good vendace lake. However, trout that have migrated back into the rivers from the lakes
are few and far between.
Trout was stocked into the restored rapids between 1999 and 2007. The plantings were conducted using fish from the stocks of the Rautalammi route and the Jyrävä side of Kitkajoki River. The side channels of the
rivers are home to a local dwarfed trout variety called "tonko", and these streams also function as fry areas
for trout that migrate into the main channel. As a result, one should leave these side channels alone; they
are also not included in the permit area.
The most important fry production areas in the Korvuanjoki River are completely protected from fishing and the fry production in these areas is carefully monitored. The area's rivers also feature pike and perch, whichare known to strike at lures even in the rapids sections. There is also whitefish in the rivers, but it is a rare catch in the rapids.
Mean discharges in the area's rivers
|Naamankajoki||3.85 m3/s (lower section)|
|Korvuanjoki||7.1 m3/s (lower section)|
|Näljänkäjoki||14.2 m3/s (lower section)|
Korpijoki is the main river in the Näljänkä route and it is the channel through which all of the
waters of the permit area run towards the Iijoki River. The significance of Korpijoki is especially visible in the size of the river's rapids. The permit grants anglers the right to fish in the upper reaches of Korpijoki over a 7 km stretch (from Vääräkoski Rapids to Korpikoski Rapids). The Korpikoski Rapids are by themselves over 2 km long.
Kalle Päätalo, one of Finland's most treasured authors, spent four summers as a log driver in Korvuanjoki in the 1930s. Korvuanjoki also has a fascinating history with freshwater pearl mussels: in 1925, the famed pearl hunter Konrad Hollo found the largest pearl in all of Kainuu in the river, and legend has it that this pearl ended up in either the Swedish or English court and became a crown jewel. As a result of excessive pearl hunting and log driving, which ravaged the river's ecosystem, the mussel population collapsed together with the salmonid populations. Today the area only has sparse colonies formed by old mussels that have not reproduced in years. The freshwater pearl mussel is a protected species and it may not be touched or plucked out of the water. Several projects are underway to find ways to revitalise the area's mussel populations.
Korvuanjoki begins in Lake Korvuanjärvi and runs into the Korpijoki River. This stretch of the permit area is
50 km long, with over 10 km of rapids (total length of all fast-flowing sections is almost 20 km). The drop
height between Lake Korvuanjärvi and the Korpijoki River is approximately 100 metres. Korvuanjoki was
restored in its entirety between 1988 and 2002, after which a large section of the river remained protected for a long time. This reinforced the river's trout stocks especially and bolstered natural reproduction cycles. As the new joint fishing permit area came into being, protection was lifted from certain areas, but the most significant fry production areas remain protected to this day. Korvuanjoki is the river with the clearest water in the area.
The rapids of Lylyjoki were restored in 1994. The riveris born in Lake Lylyjärvi and runs into the Näljänkäjoki
Välijoki is a small river fishing destination with only a couple of shoots and rapids. Its shores are bushy
and hard to traverse. Välijoki is a great spot for anglers who prefer a challenge!
The Näljänkäjoki River begins in Lake Näljänkäjärvi and runs into the Korpijoki River via Lake Suolijärvi. The
drop height of this leg is 47 metres in total. The upper reaches of the river are small, but downstream the
channel widens and reaches a significant size by the Vääräkoski and Kiehtäjänkoski Rapids. There are
certain parts of Näljänkäjoki that were protected for a long time prior to the establishment of the joint permit area (namely the Rapids Juurikkakoski, Pitkäkoski and Kiehtäjänkoski). The river was restored in 1999–2000 and the most recent plantings were conducted in 2005.
The Naamankajoki River is born in Lake Naamankajärvi and runs into the Näljänkäjoki River. This river
section consists nearly entirely of rapids and there is only one small quiet section between the faster waters. The river's rapids were restored for the purposes of recreational fishing in 1999. The rapids in the upper reaches flow fiercely while the lower reaches are calmer. The entire Naamankajoki stretch is a fly fishing area where fishing is only permitted using regular fly fishing tackle. The rapids are accessible via forest lorry roads leading from Luokkala to Parkkila near the village of Joukokylä. Length: 4.5 km.
A small river fishing destination with no rapids. The banks are bushy and hard to traverse.
The banks of the rivers consist mainly of commercial forests used in forestry, but there are also protected old woods in the area. If you wish to fish in an environment that is as pristine as possible, the protected woods in the permit area may be found around:
Nature enthusiasts should also definitely pay a visit to the Siikavaara Nature Preserve, which is one of the
most treasured nature destinations in our country in terms of both scenery and plant life. The nature
preserve is covered by a comprehensive network of trails and hiking structures. Siikavaara is located on the east side of the Korpijoki River.