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Kotala Rapids 6550

Kotala Rapids, situated in the middle of the Pihlajavesi water system on the border of Keuruu and Virrat, were restored to be more hospitable to salmonids in 1995. Kotala is located along Highway 23, 15 km into the direction of Keuruu from Virrat.

Kotala Rapids

Recreational fishing (angling)
1 December–31 August. Wading is prohibited between 1 December and 15 May.
Fly fishing
Fry stocking of natural fish stocks, Natural fish stock

Purchasing a permit

Permit sales for 2021 begin on 11 January at 9 am. Sales period of 2020 continues until 10 th of january 2021.

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 to purchase A permit


You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (



Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.


Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

1 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 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.

Further information

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.

Fisheries management

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.

Discharge information

Up-to-date information on the water level and flow situation in Kitusjärvi Lake is available at (in Finnish).