This angling permit area covers the lowermost rapids section of the Langinkoski branch of Kymijoki River. It is situated within the Langinkoski nature preserve in the immediate vicinity of the city centre of Kotka, by the fishing lodge built for Emperor Alexander III of Russia. Langinkoski offers anglers culturally significant landscapes and the best chance in Southern Finland to catch large sea trout with a fly.
Combine culture and fishing – travel to Langinkoski to catch sea trout and salmon using flies and then pay a visit to Emperor Alexander III's fishing lodge, which today serves as a museum.
Purchasing a permit
Permits for 2021 become available on January 11th at 9 AM. Sales period of 2020 continues until 10 th of january 2021.
The rapids have an 8 angler quota. Please make sure beforehand that there is enough licences left.
In Langinkoski angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 6-hour, 12-hour or 24-hour permit.
Individual angling permit
|validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||20 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||25 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||35 €||6 PM|
Persons under 18 years of age pay half price for the angling permit.
Reserving the entire rapids
You can reserve the entire rapids by purchasing eight individual permits in the webshop. You can reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than eight anglers only by calling the Eräluvat phone service. Groups may reserve the entire rapids so that the maximum number of anglers is 15 persons (= 15 separate names).
The names of the people who will participate in the fishing must be provided in conjunction with the permit reservation. The group leader must be able to provide a list of names of all group members to a fishing supervisor on request.
The prices and periods of validity for the entire rapids are as follows:
|validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||160 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||200 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||280 €||6 PM|
If the group includes more than eight anglers, the price of a permit for each additional person is the same as the price of an individual permit, in other words, 20, 25 or 35 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 (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
- Several remaining
- Less than 5 left
- Out of stock
Permit terms for the area1.1–30.9. and 1.12.–31.12.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
Only fly fishing is permitted in Langinkoski angling permit area (7581). It is prohibited to fish with lure or jig in this 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 angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) issued by Metsähallitus does not grant the right to fish in the waters of the permit area.
Fishing gear and bait
Fishing is only permitted using flies and traditional fly fishing tackle.
The use of lure, jig, bait paste, silicone balls or similar as well as natural baits, such as grubs, worms, shrimp or bait fish, is prohibited in Langinkoski angling permit area.
The use of a boat fo fishing is prohibited.
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Permit validity||Maximum catch|
|6 hours||1 grayling or salmon without adipose fin or trout without adipose fin|
|12 hours||1 grayling or salmon without adipose fin or trout without adipose fin|
|24 hours||1 grayling or salmon without adipose fin or trout without adipose fin|
Under one permit, anglers may therefore only catch one of the following fish species: grayling, salmon without adipose fin, trout without adipose fin.There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
Starting in 2020, catch reports for this permit area are submitted by answering a fishing survey conducted by Metsähallitus and Natural Resources Institute Finland. You can access the survey via your Eräluvat web shop customer account (section Order history). You will also receive a reminder via email.
All caught and released fish must also be reported.
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|
|Salmon with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Protected throughout the year|
|Trout with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Protected throughout the year|
|Salmon without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||1.9.–30.11.*|
|Whitefish||No catch size||1.9.–31.5.|
|Grayling||At least 40 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
|Pike-perch||At least 42 cm||No protection period|
*Exception: a silver trout without adipose fin may be caught from 1 December to 31 May.
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
Langinkoski angling permit area is located near Kotka city center, so the services of the city of Kotka are nearby.
There is a villa built for Alexander III of Russia in the immediate vicinity of the rapids. During the summer it serves as a museum.
The number of natural fry in the river is annually followed with the help of electrofishing and smolt screw traps. Slight improvement has been observed in the side channels.
The Kymijoki River has native salmon and sea trout populations. To protect these populations, catching native fish (= fish with their adipose fin intact) is prohibited. There are no plantings at Langinkoski Rapids, but other sections of the Kymijoki River are stocked with migratory fry of salmon and sea trout (= fish without adipose fins).
Current information on the water discharge levels in the Langinkoski branch may be found here (ymparisto.fi, in Finnish).