Lake Inarijärvi 1580
Lake Inarijärvi is a great destination especially for trolling enthusiasts and anglers looking to catch some grayling. Whitefish is a common catch when fly fishing, although it can also be tricked with a spinner.
Trout and char should be looked for near the sharply deepening shores with the help of a fishfinder and a nautical chart. 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. When trying to catch char, it is best to fish in relatively deep waters (at depths of 10 to 20 metres).
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 and grayling can be pulled out of the ice anywhere on the lake.
The number of this permit area will change in 2024. The new number is 1504.
Purchasing a permit
Permits for 2024 become available on 4 January 2024.
Number of permits
A total of 13 000 fishing days are available for sale in Lake Inarijärvi angling permit area. There is no daily quota.
A total of 500 seasonal permits are sold.
Permit price and validity
In Lake Inarijärvi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours or the entire season. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|24 hours (starting from 1 January 2024)||15 €|
|The entire season (calendar year)||80 €|
|The entire season (calendar year, starting from 1 January 2024)||100 €|
Persons under 18 years of age can buy the angling permit at half price.
Persons under 15 years of age may fish under the angling permit and within the fishing quota of an adult belonging to the same party, without needing to purchase an angling permit of their own.
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.
Ivalo: Ivalon Eräsoppi (hiking and camping store)
Ivalo: Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi)
Inari: Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi)
Rovaniemi: Science Centre Pilke (nationalparks.fi)
Sodankylä: Urheilu Harjus Sportia
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year.
Please, check more detailed fishing regulations: Inari Fishing Area fishing regulations for 2023 (PDF, 227 kb, opens in a new tab, in Finnish).
Exceptions to the fishing period
By the decision of the Inari Fishing Area all fishing, except fishing with a rod and lure, is prohibited between 1.9.–15.12. in the Nuoransuuselkä area. Please, check the borders of the restricted area on the permit area map.
When do you need an angling permit
Lake Inarijärvi angling permit 1580 (from 2024 onwards permit area 1504) is needed when you fish with more than one (1) rod. General fishing rights apply in Lake Inarijärvi 1580 permit area. This means that 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.
Fishing gear, bait and waste
The angling permit allows the holder to use up to eight (8) rods or lines at a time.
In the municipalities of Upper Lapland (incl. Lake Inarijärvi angling permit area) it is prohibited to use bait fish when hook and line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing. This is to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite. To prevent the spread of other parasites, it is recommended to bury the waste after gutting the fish you have caught.
To prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite, all fishing gear brought in from outside Lake Inarijärvi angling permit area must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing. You can disinfect your fishing gear at the SEO service station in Ivalo and Inari fish harbour.
These actions to stop the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite are based on the decree by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. More information about the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite and how to prevent spreading it: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland and Finnish Food Authority (ruokavirasto.fi).
Catching more than three (3) trouts, Arctic chars or landlocked salmons during a 24-hour period is prohibited. For example: You can catch two trouts and one Arctic char, but catching two trouts and two Arctic chars is prohibited.
There is no catch 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|
|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.|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
The lake has two rental cabins and several wilderness cabins and campfire sites. In the winter there are marked snowmobile trails.
More information about Lake Inarijärvi and fishing there is available in the following Metsähallitus service points:
- Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi) in Ivalo. Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7701.
- Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi) in Inari. Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7740.
More information on the fishing regulations of the Inari Fishing Area is available at www.inarinkalatalousalue.fi (in Finnish).
The lake also has great sights such as Ukonsaari Island and the Korkia-Maura Ice Cave. You can search for sights and other destinations in this area at Nationalparks.fi.