This angling permit area covers the lowermost rapids section of the Langinkoski branch of the Kymijoki River. It is situated within 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.
You can check the real-time temperature of the water in Langinkoski during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi).
Purchasing a permit
Permits for 2023 become available on December 15th at 9 AM.
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 can buy the angling permit at half price.
Reserving the entire rapids
You can reserve the entire rapids by purchasing eight individual angling permits in the web shop. To reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than eight anglers, you must call the Eräluvat phone service. The maximum number of anglers per group is 15 (= 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 3 PM.
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.
Angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) issued by Metsähallitus does not entitle you to fish in the waters of Langinkoski angling 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.
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.
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).
Impact of water temperature on fishing
You can monitor the real-time temperature of the water in Langinkoski during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi). Read the Guidelines for responsible fishing to know more about how you can take high temperatures into account when fishing.