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).
Purchasing a permit
In Lake Inarijärvi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours or 7 days. Season permits, which are valid for the entire calendar year, are sold until 1 July. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||40 €|
|Calendar year||60 €|
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.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
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.
Saariselkä: Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen (nationalparks.fi)
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.
Exceptions to the fishing period
By 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 marked on the permit area map.
When do you need an angling permit
A Lake Inarijärvi angling permit 1580 is needed when you fish with more than one (1) 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.
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.
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.|
|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.
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.
Further information on fishing in Lake Inarijärvi at
- Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi). The phone number of the customer service is +358 206 39 7701.
- Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi). The phone number of the customer service is +358 206 39 7740.
More information on the fishing regulations of the Inari Fishing Area is available at www.inarinkalatalousalue.fi (in Finnish).
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).
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.