In the waters of Oulankajoki River, on both sides of the Finnish-Russian border, there lives a naturally reproducing population of migratory trout that has managed to preserve its own genotype. These kinds of populations have become rare, and the trout population in Oulankajoki is also declining at an alarming rate. On one hand, the health of the population is affected by how well the spawning succeeds and how the fry survive in the river basins on the Finnish side, and on the other by how well the fry are able to reach sexual maturity in their feeding grounds in the lakes on the Russian side. Finnish-Russian cooperation is needed to revitalise the trout population and to bring it to a level that better withstands recreational fishing.
Metsähallitus and the joint ownership association of Kuusamo's common water areas have placed the trout in Oulankajoki under protection until further notice.
Purchasing a permit
In Oulankajoki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 24-hour or 7-day permit. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||13 €|
|7 days||45 €|
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.
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.
Permit terms for the area1.6.-31.08
Water areas and regional restrictions that are included in this angling permit
The permit area includes the waters of the Oulanka National Park and the Kallunki joint ownership
association in rivers Aventojoki, Savinajoki, Maaninkajoki and Oulankajoki. The permit area in Oulankajoki begins upstream of Nurmisaarenniemi and extends all the way to the northern border of the national park, with the exception of the protected areas.
In Oulankajoki River the protection areas are as follows:
- Kiutaköngäs rapids; Oulankajoki Bridge - Mataraniemi (Note! The protected area of Kiutaköngäs has been extended downstream to Mataraniemi)
- Mikonmutka; situated at the border of the park upstream of Oulankajoki River from Savilampi.
In Savinajoki River the protection areas are as follows:
- Savinanköngäs area
- Roteriuksenmutka area
- Rupakivi area
Anglers must check the borders of the restricted area on the permit area map. The protected areas are marked in the terrain with signs that say Kalastus kielletty (Fishing prohibited).
What does the permit entitle the holder to
Angling permit 5572 is required for lure fishing in the running waters of Oulankajoki 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 you have an angling permit or not.
The Oulankajoki angling permit 5572 grants the right to fish with lures and flies.
Purchasing other Metsähallitus' angling permits does not entitle you to fish in the running waters of Oulankajoki permit area.
The use of jigs, Mutu leeches and teaser heads is prohibited.
The use of a landing hook is prohibited.
A maximum of two flies may be used with one rod.
The use of barbless hooks is recommended.
Fly fishing and casting from a boat or canoe is permitted.
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|
|24 hours||3 graylings|
|7 days||2 graylings per day|
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||All sizes of fish must be released*||Protected year-round|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.**|
*If you catch a trout, make a note of whether the fish has an adipose fin before releasing it back to the water, and report the information with your catch report. This feedback tells us whether our trout stocking efforts have been successful.
**During the protection period of grayling fishing is not allowed in the permit area.
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.
Rivers Oulankajoki, Kitkajoki and Kuusinkijoki have been stocked with one-year-old trout since 2005. Planted fish have been marked by cutting off their adipose fin.
Current information on the water discharge levels in Oulankajoki may be found here.