Simojoki, Simo 2581
Metsähallitus and Simojoen Nousulohi Ry (a local fishermen's association) have entered into an agreement to create the Simojoki joint permit area as of the beginning of 2017. The new 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 Simojoki make it ideal for fly and lure fishing, but trolling without a motor is also a possibility.
Simojoki is home to a naturally reproducing salmon stock. The number of salmon rising up the river has increased in recent years and in 2016 the number of migratory salmon exceeded 5 400. The area is actively maintained, especially the salmon spawning areas. Simojoki is also an excellent destination for anglers looking to catch grayling, thanks to the river's vibrant grayling stock. In the more slow-flowing areas one might also be able to catch perch or pike.
The Natural Resources Institute Finland monitors the rising of salmon at www.luke.fi/nousulohet
Purchasing a permit
In Simojoki joint permit area 2581, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours or a calendar year. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|Permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||15 €|
|A calendar year||70 €|
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 areaCalendar year. Fishing for salmon, trout and whitefish is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11. Grayling fishing is prohibited between 1.4.–31.5.
During summer months, between 15 June and 31 August, there is a weekly protection period of 24 hours. During this period all fishing is prohibited. 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 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 Excursionmap.fi map service (open the large map view) only displays state-owned waters.
Avoid fishing or moving in the immediate vicinity of cabins, houses, saunas or piers.
Catch quotas and catch reports
Catching more than three (3) salmonids (one (1) of which can be a salmon) during a 24-hour period is prohibited. (For example: Catching two graylings and one salmon is allowed 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.
Services in the area
The Simojoki area offers versatile hiking and lodging services. There are also several maintained lean-to shelters and campfire sites in the area. Simojoki is also a great destination for canoeing enthusiasts.
For more information on Simojoki and the areas fishing spots, services and lodging, visit www.simojoki.com.