Manamansalo is an island with road access situated in the middle of Lake Oulujärvi, which is also known as the "Sea of Kainuu". The recreational fishing area of Manamansalo is a part of the Oulujärvi Hiking Area, which in turn is a part of UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network. Terrific sandy beaches, easily traversed pine heath forest, crystal clear ponds and a five star camping area make Manamansalo the favourite destination among anglers of all ages.
The permit area contains ten separate small lakes that are home to perch, whitefish, grayling and trout. In the waters of Lake Särkinen you can also go after rainbow trout, which is planted into the lake catch-sized. The nearest fishing spots are situated within only a few minutes' walk from the camping area. We invite you to experience the top-tier services and clear fishing waters of Manamasalo!
Permit area mapPohjanmaa and Kainuu, Vaala
Purchasing a permit
In Manamansalo angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 3-hour, 24-hour or 7-day permit. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|3 hours||12 €|
|24 hours||18 €|
|7 days||90 €|
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.
- Buy licence from web store
- Catch reports
Service number 020 69 2424 (Mon–Fri 9 AM–3 PM)
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.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
As of 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.
Manamansalo: JAJ-Palvelut Oy / Manamansalo camping services
Vaala: K-Market Tervaportti (grocery store)
Kontiomäki: Kainuun Tähti Oy / Neste Kontiomäki (service station)
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. Fishing is not allowed in Särkinen between 08/06 00:00 and 10/06 15:00 (Angling Day 2023).
What does the permit entitle the holder to
All visitors fishing in Manamansalo permit area must obtain Manamansalo 5571 angling permit. Manamansalo 5571 angling permit grants the right for lure fishing with lure, fly or jig as well as for hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
As general fishing rights do not apply in Manamansalo angling permit area, it is prohibited to fish there with a lure under a fisheries management fee as well as fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing), and through a hole in the ice in wintertime (ice fishing), unless you have purchased an angling permit. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
Fishing gear and bait
Artificial and natural baits may be used in Manamansalo angling permit area.
An angler may use one (1) rod with a single line when fishing from the shore or from an anchored boat. When trolling lures or flies from a rowboat and when fishing from the ice, an angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing.
Fishing with a rental boat or flotation device is permitted in Lake Särkinen and Lake Iso-Peura. Boats may be rented from Manamansalo Camping.
The maximum number of salmonid that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|3 hours||1 rainbow trout, trout, whitefish or grayling|
|24 hours||3 rainbow trouts, trouts, whitefish or graylings|
|7 days||2 rainbow trouts, trouts, whitefish or graylings per day|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increasing by purchasing several permits for the same 24-hour period.
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 with adipose fin||At least 60 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
Boats for fishing in Lake Särkinen may be rented from the reception of Manamansalo Camping.
Manamansalo Camping contact information:
- telephone number +358 8 874 138
- address Teeriniementie 156, 88340 Manamansalo
- website Manamansalo Camping
Lake Särkinen is stocked with catch-sized rainbow trout on two separate occasions in March-April. During the summer season, catch-sized trout is regularly planted into Lake Iso-Peura while Lake Särkinen is stocked with rainbow trout. The other waters of the permit area managed with fry plantings of trout, grayling and whitefish.