Lake Pyhäjärvi rests between the Pyhätunturi and Aakenustunturi Fells and its extremely clear waters offer great surroundings for finding the large trout and char hiding in the lake's depths. Lake Pyhäjärvi has a surface area of 90 hectares and at its deepest point it is over 30 metres deep.
The most popular fishing method at Lake Pyhäjärvi is ice fishing in late autumn at first ice and then again in the spring. The best times for trolling and casting are early in the summer just after the ice has melted and late autumn just before the lake freezes over.
A trail encircles the lake and the river in the north end may be crossed by ferry. There is a ramp in the north end of the lake for launching your own boat.
Winter maintenance on the road to Lake Pyhäjärvi starts in week 8.
Purchasing a permit
In Lake Pyhäjärvi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 3 hours, 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|3 hours||10 €|
|24 hours||12 €|
|7 days||35 €|
|The entire season||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.
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.
Kolari: Hansport (sporting goods store)
Äkäslompolo: Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas (nationalparks.fi)
Sirkka: Levin Matkailu Oy / Levi Tourism Information
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year
What does the permit entitle the holder to
All visitors fishing in Lake Pyhäjärvi permit area must obtain Pyhäjärvi 2525 angling permit.
As general fishing rights do not apply in Lake Pyhäjärvi 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.
Pyhäjärvi 2525 angling permit grants the right for lure fishing with lure, fly or jig as well as for hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
When fishing from the shore or from the ice, an angler may use one (1) rod 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.
When trolling lures from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line.
The use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).
Storing your own boat in the area is prohibited.
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|3 hours||1 salmonid|
|24 hours||3 salmonids|
|7 days||2 salmonids per day|
|The entire season||2 salmonids per day|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increasing by purchased 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 50 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 30 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.