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Lake Inarijärvi 1580

Lake Inarijärvi is a great destination especially for trolling enthusiasts and anglers looking to catch some grayling. Trout and char should be looked for near the sharply deepening shores with the help of a fishfinder and a nautical chart. Grayling is spread across the entire lake. The best grayling spots are the rocky shallows near the shores and the surroundings of the lake's numerous islands. Grayling is most often found at depths of under 2 metres.

Whitefish is a common catch when fly fishing, although it can also be tricked with a spinner. The perch stock of the southern part of Lake Inarijärvi has grown stronger in recent years. The best ice fishing spots are located in Jokisuunselkä where the perch waters begin a few hundred metres out of the Veskoniemi fish harbour. Char can be pulled out of the ice anywhere on the lake. When trying to catch char, it is best to fish in relatively deep waters (at depths of 10 to 20 metres).

Lake Inarijärvi

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year.
Trolling, Ice fishing, Casting, Fly fishing
Trout, Arctic char, Grayling, Whitefish, Perch, Pike, Landlocked salmon
Natural fish stock, Fry stocking of natural fish stocks
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter, Own boat, Boat launching, Cottage, Accessible for the disabled

Purchasing a permit

Season permits, which are valid for the entire calendar year, are sold until 1 July.

  • €10 / day
  • €40 / week
  • €60 / calendar year

All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50 % discount on the permits.

Persons under 15 years of age are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with the permission of their parent or legal guardian.

 A family permit is also available for this destination. In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians. Married couples and couples in a civil union may also purchase family permits. The family permit costs twice as much and its fishing quota is twice as large.

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 3 PM.



Sodankylä: Urheilu Harjus Sportia (sporting goods store)
Saariselkä: Customer Service Kiehinen (
Kaamanen: Kaamasen Kievari (restaurant)


Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year.

The use of a bait fish in hook & line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing is absolutely forbidden in the municipalities of Upper Lapland (Inari, Utsjoki, Enontekiö) as per a Decree from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (no. 1376/2004, 31.12.2004).

By decision of the Inari Fishing Area all fishing is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11. in the Nuoransuuselkä area marked on the permit map.

As per decision of the Inari Fishing Area, to protect spawning, Arctic char (salvelinus alpinus) is protected in the Inari municipality and in Lake Inarinjärvi between 15 September and 30 November. More information on the fishing regulations of the Inari Fishing Area is available at

Before fishing in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, one must disinfect all fishing gear to prevent the spreading of the parasite gyrodactylys salaris.

Fishing gear brought in from outside of Ylä-Lappi (Upper Lapland) must be absolutely dry as they arrive or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station.

Disinfection stations: There are 15 permit vendors with a disinfection station in the Tenojoki area. In Inari the station is situated in the fish harbour.

When do you need a permit?

An Inari Wilderness angling permit 1564 is needed when you fish with more than one rod. General fishing rights apply in the permit area: you do not need to purchase an angling permit or pay the fisheries management fee for hook and line fishing or ice fishing. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these still water areas for persons who have paid the fisheries management fee or who are under the age of 18 or over 65.

Catch quotas

  • 3 salmonids / day
  • Salmonids: trout, arctic char, landlocked salmon
  • Char is protected between 15.9.–30.11.

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
Trout At least 50 cm No protection period in this permit area
Grayling At least 30 cm No protection period in this permit area
Landlocked salmon At least 60 cm No protection period in this permit area
Arctic char At least 45 cm 15.9.–30.11.
Lake trout At least 40 cm No protection period

Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.

Further information

Services in the area

The lake has two rental cabins and several wilderness cabins and campfire sites. In the winter there are marked snowmobile trails. The lake also has great sights such as Ukonkivi (Ukko's Rock), Hautuumaasaari Island and the Korkia-Maura Ice Cave.

Other services in the area:

Inari Saariselkä Resort

Further information:

Ivalo Service Point, tel. +358 206 39 7701
Siida Nature Centre, Inari, tel. +358 206 39 7740.