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Simojoki, Simo 2581

Metsähallitus and Simojoen Nousulohi Ry (a local fishermen's association) have made an agreement to create Simojoki joint permit area (2581). This permit covers nearly all of the waters of the Simojoki River within the municipal borders of Simo. The size, flow-rate and numerous rapids of the Simojoki River make it ideal for fly and lure fishing, but trolling without a motor is also a possibility. 

The area has been actively maintained, especially with regard to salmon spawning grounds and nursery areas. The vibrant grayling stock in the area also means that the Simojoki River is an excellent destination for grayling fishers. There is also a good chance of hooking a perch or pike in the more slow-flowing areas.

The Simojoki River is home to a naturally reproducing salmon stock. The number of salmon rising up the river has increased in recent years. The Natural Resources Institute Finland monitors the rising of salmon at (in Finnish).

Simojoki, Simo

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

Purchasing a permit

In Simojoki joint permit area 2581, 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:

24 hours 25 €
7 days 90 €
The entire season (calendar year) 120 €

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.



Rovaniemi: Science Centre Pilke (
Alaniemi: Simojoen Lohiranta Oy 

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year. Fishing for salmon, trout and whitefish is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11. 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.

Simojoki joint permit area 2581 covers nearly all of the waters of the Simojoki River within the municipality of Simo. There are also some private waters within the permit area which do not belong to Simojoki joint permit. Check the PDF map to see where they are located. NOTE! The Destination map on the map service (open the large map view) only displays state-owned waters. 

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.
Whitefish No catch size 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.

Further information

Services in the area

Simojoki area offers versatile hiking and lodging services. There are also several maintained lean-to shelters and campfire sites in the area. The Simojoki River is also a great destination for canoeing enthusiasts. 

For more information on the Simojoki River and the areas fishing spots, services and lodging, visit