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Simojoki, Ranua 2580

The Simojoki River is 180 km long and it begins in Lake Simojärvi in Ranua and runs into the Bay of Bothnia in Simo. The permit area covers the section of the Simojoki River that runs in Ranua from the border of the municipality of Simo to Lake Simojärvi. There is a separate permit for fishing in the Simojoki River on the Simo side of the municipal border, Simojoki, Simo 2581.

The Simojoki River is an ideal destination for fly fishing from the river banks. The most likely catches are grayling and pike, but in the lower reaches one might also find salmon returning from the sea.

The upper part reaches of the river run through serene wilderness while the lower part winds through a more cultural landscape. This makes the Simojoki River a great place for canoeing. 

Simojoki, Ranua

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year. Fishing for salmon and trout is prohibited between 1.9.– 30.11. and grayling fishing is prohibited between 1.4.–31.5.
Fly fishing, Casting
Perch, Grayling, Pike, Sea salmon, Whitefish
Natural fish stock
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter

Purchasing a permit

In Simojoki joint permit area 2580, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices of angling permits are as follows:

permit validity permit price
24 hours 10 €
7 days 25 €
The entire season (calendar year) 50 €

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 (



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.



Posio: Neste-huolto Säkkinen (service station)
Rovaniemi: Science Centre Pilke (

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year. Fishing for salmon and trout is prohibited between 1.9.– 30.11. and grayling fishing is prohibited between 1.4.–31.5.

There is a weekly protection period of 24 hours during the summer months between 15 June and 31 August. All fishing is prohibited during this period. The protection period starts on Mondays at 7 PM and ends on Tuesdays at 7 PM. 

Fishers must avoid fishing and moving around in the immediate vicinity of cottages, houses, saunas and docks.

Catch quotas

Catching more than three (3) salmonids (of which one (1) can be a salmon) during a 24-hour period is prohibited. For example: You can catch two graylings and one salmon, but catching two graylings and two salmons is prohibited.

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 with adipose fin At least 60 cm 1.9.–30.11.
Trout without adipose fin At least 50 cm 1.9.–30.11.
Salmon At least 50 cm 1.9.–30.11.
Grayling At least 35 cm 1.4.–31.5.

If caught, a fish that has lived in the river throughout the year (talvikko in Finnish) must be released immediately

Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.