PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, CHANGES TO THE FISHING ARRANGEMENTS IN THE BORDER RIVER ARE POSSIBLE. ALL CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THIS PAGE.
The Tornion-Muonionjoki River runs from the fells of the north to the Gulf of Bothnia and it is the longest freely flowing salmon river in all of Europe. It is approximately 450 kilometres long with variation from rapids only a hundred metres wide to calmer sections a kilometre wide. The Tornion-Muonionjoki River also serves as the border river between Finland and Sweden. In addition to salmon, the river is rich in sea trout and grayling.
The joint permit area of Tornion-Muonionjoki-Könkämäeno is popular among both lure and fly fishers. The traditional form of fishing in "the Channel", as the water system is sometimes called, is salmon trolling without a motor, but there are also great fishing spots on the shore all along the river.
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Purchasing a permit
- €20 / day
- €80 / week
- €160 / season
Joint permit (13-18 y/o)
- €10 / day
- €40 / week
- €80 / season
Joint permit within one municipality
- €60 / season
Joint permit within one municipality (13-18 y/o)
- €30 / season
Persons under 13 years of age do not need a joint permit to lure fish in the waters of the permit area.
Where can you purchase A permit?
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Other permit vendors are listed on the Info Map.
- Several remaining
- Less than 5 left
- Out of stock
Permit terms for the areaSalmon fishing is permitted from 1.6 - 31.8. Salmon fishing is prohibited: from Sunday 7:00 p.m. to Monday 7:00 p.m. Finnish time and from Sunday 6:00 p.m. to Monday 6:00 p.m. Swedish time. All fishing is prohibited from 15.9 -15.12.
Salmon fishing is permitted between 1.6.–31.8.
- Salmon fishing is prohibited:
- From Sunday 7 PM EET to Monday 7 PM EET
- From Sunday 6 PM CET to Monday 6 PM CET
- All fishing is prohibited between 15.9.–15.12.
- Trout is a protected species and must be returned to the water immediately if caught, either dead or alive.
- Hook fishing that intends to hook the fish from the outside is prohibited.
- While fishing with a rod and lure, the use of an outboard motor is prohibited with the exception of the calm waters downstream from the bridge between Övertorneå and Aavasaksa to the mouth of the Torne River.
- Fishing closer than 200 metres of salmon dams and seine nets is prohibited.
- When fishing without the use of an outboard motor, the rower must also have a valid joint permit. Additionally, when fishing on the Finnish side, the rower must also have paid the national fisheries management fee.
- As the agreeing parties of the Tornion-Muonionjoki-Könkämäeno joint permit area, the Lapland ELY Centre, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the joint ownership associations and private water owners of the area have come to an agreement concerning lure fishing in the permit area.
- FISHING ON THE FINNISH SIDE:
- In Finland the joint permit regulates salmon fishing in the waters of the Rivers Torne, Muoniojoki and Könkämäeno in the border region between Finland and Sweden.
- From the mouth of the Torne River to the lower reaches of Könkämäeno's Vuoskujokisuu, fish species other than salmon may only be fished in the water areas owned by the following fishing rights holders: the Finnish State/Metsähallitus, the City of Tornio, Matkakoski Oy, the Fishery Collectives of Pirkkiö, Kiviranta, Kukkolakoski, Karunki, Ylivojakkala, Kauliranta, Närkki-Tengeliö-Portimo, Kainuunkylä, Nuotioranta, Alkkula, Armassaari, Kolari, Karesuvanto, Kelottijärvi. Kuivakangas and Lompolo 1:1 and the joint ownership associations of Kukkola, Alavojakkala, Korpikylä, Lappea-Ääverkoski, Ristimella-Luttunen, Kangosjärvi, Muonionniska, Ylimuonio, Isosaari, Kätkäsuvanto and Palojoensuu.
- FISHING ON THE SWEDISH SIDE:
- In Sweden the joint permit regulates salmon fishing from the mouth of the Torne River to the southern border of the municipality of Pajala. Salmon fishing in Tornion-Muonionjoki north of the southern border of Pajala is permitted in the water areas owned by the fishing rights holders who are parties to the agreement.
- This agreement does not apply to the Matkakoski fishing area in Haaparanta, where a separate salmon and trout fishing agreement is in place.
- Fish species other than salmon may only be fished in the water areas owned by the following fishing rights holders (with the exception of the municipality of Pajala, where the agreement only applies to salmon fishing): ForestLand/Linus Rova, the common water areas owned by the village associations of Nedre (Lower) Vojakkala, Övre (Upper) Vojakkala, Kukkola, Karunki, Kieksiäisvaara, Ruokojärvi, Jarhoinen, Juoksenki, Kuivakangas, Pelto, Kassa, Ruskola, Vitsaniemi, Niemis, Huukki and Koivukylä the common water areas of Parkajoki, Kengis Bruk AB/C-E Sohlberg and Päkkilä, Ristimella 1:1.
- FISHING METHODS INCLUDED IN THE JOINT PERMIT:
- The joint permit grants the right to fish in the waters of the fishing rights holders who are party to the agreement using a rod and a lure or a pilk as detailed on the fishing card. This means that when fishing from a row or motor boat, the fishing can only take place in these specified water areas.
- On the Finnish side, the joint permit grants the right to fish from the shore. On the Swedish side one may fish from the shore only in designated and marked spots in the waters of the municipality of Pajala and the village associations that are parties to the agreement.
- In addition to this agreement, fishing in the Torne River fishing area is subject to the Decrees issued by the Finnish and Swedish governments.
Salmon fishing guidelines:
1. Anglers must always adhere to these guidelines as well as the fishing regulations issued by the Finnish and Swedish governments.
2. If you do not know a river area particularly well, ask local anglers how you can move about safely and fish without disturbing others. Stay safe – the use of life jackets is mandatory.
3. When coming ashore on a motorboat, navigate via the designated channels. During high water season this channel is usually situated in the middle of the river, but during low water season it can also be elsewhere.
4. Always avoid steering through good fishing spots with the motor running. Go around other anglers with as much clearance as possible at reduced speed.
5. Begin fishing from the starting point when it is your turn. Do not cut in line – it only causes unnecessary friction between anglers.
6. If there are anglers waiting for their turn to row out, beach your boat and wait for your turn. Do not begin fishing below the boats in the waiting zone.
7. Do not spend too much time fishing at any one spot: it only causes disturbance to other anglers.
8. Always make way for an angler fighting a hooked fish and remember that a hooked salmon can be up to a few hundred metres away from the angler at the other end. Retrieve your own fishing lines to avoid tangling if necessary.
9. Only make fire at the designated lean-to and campfire sites on the shores. Do not harm living trees. The lean-to shelters are not intended for camping; they are there for short breathers and breaks.
10. Do not litter! Take your trash away with you or place them in the designated garbage bags. Waste that may be burned can be disposed of at the campfire sites. Always protect your surroundings; the environment is fragile.
11. Remember to make a catch report! Read more about the report in section Catch quotas.
12. Do not get greedy! The supply of salmon is not unlimited and you, together with all the other anglers, are responsible for maintaining a viable salmon stock. Keep in mind that salmon does not stay edible for more than a few months anyway, even in the freezer. The fishing quota on both sides of the border is one salmon/day.
- Ilkka Paaso, Gsm +358 (0)400 187 954, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online at www.yhteislupa.com
Catch quotas and catch reports
- Daily permits: 1 salmon/angler
Weekly and seasonal permits: 1 salmon/day/angler
Starting in 2020, catch reports for this permit area are submitted by answering a fishing survey conducted by Metsähallitus and Natural Resources Institute Finland. You can access the survey via your Eräluvat web shop customer account (section Order history). However, you will also receive a reminder to answer the survey via email in summer 2020.
If you have purchased your fishing permit without logging in to the web shop, you will receive the survey link via email in summer 2020.
Catch sizes and protection periods
- Salmon 50 cm
- Grayling 35 cm