Kotala Rapids 6550
Purchasing a permit
Permit sales for 2020 begin on 8 January at 9 am.
Angling permits are sold separately for the Kituskoski and Vehmas-Koskelankoski rapids even though they both belong to the Kotala Rapids angling permit area. A maximum of 10 people can fish simultaneously in Kituskoski and the same maximum of 10 persons applies to Vehmas-Koskelankoski.
In the Kotala Rapids angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours.
Individual angling permit
|validity||Price||Validity begins at|
|6 hours||25 €||00:00, 06:00, 12:00, or 18:00|
|12 hours||30 €||00:00, 06:00, 12:00, or 18:00|
|24 hours||40 €||18:00|
Anglers under 18 years of age pay half price.
Reserving the entire rapids
You can reserve the entire rapids by purchasing 10 individual permits in the online store. You can only reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than 10 anglers by calling the Eräluvat phone service.
The names of the people who will participate in the fishing must be provided in conjunction with the permit reservation.
Kituskoski and Vehmas-Koskelankoski are reserved separately.
|validity||Price||Validity begins at|
|6 hours||250 €||00:00, 06:00, 12:00, or 18:00|
|12 hours||300 €||00:00, 06:00, 12:00, or 18:00|
|24 hours||400 €||18:00|
If the group includes more than 10 anglers, the price of a permit for each additional person is the same as the price of an individual permit, in other words, 25, 30 or 40 euros depending on the validity of the permit.
Where can you purchase A permit?
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Permit terms for the area1 December–31 August. Wading is prohibited between 1 December and 15 May.
What does the permit entitle the holder to?
Angling permit 6550 is required for all lure fishing in the Kotala Rapids angling permit area. 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.
The Southern Finland 7413 angling permit issued by Metsähallitus does not allow fishing in the waters of the Kotala Rapids angling permit area.
Fishing gear and bait
An angler may only use one (1) rod with one line.
Use of natural bait (worms, shrimp, bait paste, etc.) is prohibited in the Kotala Rapids angling permit area.
Only traditional fly fishing is allowed at Kituskoski. Both lure and fly fishing are permitted at Vehmaskoski and Koskelankoski.
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|
|6 hours||1 trout or grayling|
|12 hours||1 trout or grayling|
|24 hours||2 trout or grayling|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
Regardless of combined permit types, a person is not allowed to catch more than 2 trout or grayling during a 24-hour period. The permitted catch during a 24-hour period is
- 2 trout
- 1 trout and 1 grayling
- 2 grayling
When you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi. Also report how many fish you released.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|species||Catch Size||Protection period|
|Trout with adipose fin||Fish of all sizes must be released||Year-round|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
Kotala Rapids has campfire sites and lean-to shelters available for anglers and hikers.
Kotala General Store is located at Vironkoskentie 72, 42870 Kotala.
The rapids are mainly stocked with trout that have had their adipose fin removed.
Development of the fish stock is monitored using electric pulse fishing.
Up-to-date information on the water level and flow situation in Kitusjärvi Lake is available at www.ymparisto.fi (in Finnish).