Salmon fishing in Tana River is prohibited in 2021. Restrictions aim to protect the salmon stocks in Finland and Norway. Due to this decision, Metsähallitus does not sell fishing permits for Vetsijoki River or Utsjoki River this year.
The shallow and fast-flowing Vetsijoki River begins in Lake Vetsijärvi and runs into Tana River. For most parts, Vetsijoki is situated in Kaldoaivi wilderness area. It stretches for some 30 kilometres, and the difference in elevation between the upper reaches of Vetsijoki and Tana River is over 200 metres. There are few quiet waters or lake-like deep spots.
Vetsijoki is an important spawning river for salmon in the Arctic Ocean. The efforts to safeguard and grow the river's salmon stocks are based on having an adequate spawning stock and limiting the number of fishing permits. Fishing in the river is regulated with permit terms and the rules defined for tributary waters.
There is no permanent inhabitation in the permit area with the exception of vacation homes on private lands.
Purchasing a permit
The number of angling permits is limited. Please check the availability of permits prior to your trip.
There are hundred (100) 12-hour fishing permits available for Vetsijoki angling permit area. A maximum of six (6) persons can purchase an angling permit for the same day.
If you have ordered your permit by phone during the advance sale period, you must ensure that the permit is paid for in full by the due date indicated on the invoice.
Permit price and validity
Vetsijoki angling permit costs 20 euros per 12 hours. Validity of a permit begins at 7:00 AM or 7:00 PM.
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 4 PM.
Permit terms for the area1 July–20 August as a general rule. Check the permit terms for weekly protection period.
Weekly protection period
There is a weekly protection period of 24 hours. During this period all fishing is prohibited. The protection period starts on Sundays at 7 PM and ends on Mondays at 7 PM.
Water areas and regional restrictions that are included in this angling permit
Vetsijoki angling permit entitles you to fish only in the area designated on the permit area map. There are also private waters and other water areas where fishing is prohibited, and Vetsijoki angling permit does not entitle you to fish in these water areas.
Anglers must check the borders of the permit area on the permit area map.
Fishing gear and bait
Lures and flies are permitted.
Bringing bait fish into the Tana River water system (i.e. also to Vetsijoki River) from other water areas is prohibited. Fish caught in other water areas must not be gutted or cleaned in the immediate vicinity of natural waters in the drainage area of the Tana River.
Disinfection of fishing tackle
All fishing gear brought in from outside Utsjoki municipality must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing. This is to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean.
If requested, a proof of disinfection must be presented to the fishing supervisor. The following disinfection stations offer these certificates:
- Kalastajan Majatalo (Karigasniemi)
- Juha Lohi (Seitala)
- Tenon Tunturituvat ky (Tanssijoki)
- Tenon Kalastus- ja Eräpalvelu (Yläköngäs)
- Lomakylä Valle (Utsjoki)
- Uulan Säästö (Utsjoki)
- Tenon Lohituvat (Niemelä)
- Pub Restaurant Rastigaisa (Utsjoki)
- Vetsituvat (Vetsikko)
- Vetsikon leirintämökit (Vetsikko)
- Tenon Lohiranta (Niittyranta)
- Nuorgamin Lomakeskus (Nuorgam).
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Fish species||Maximum catch during 24 hours|
|Grayling or whitefish||3 fish|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
Metsähallitus recommends catching humpback salmon and chum salmon.
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). You will also receive a reminder via email.
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|
|Salmon||At least 30 cm||1.9.–30.11. *|
|Trout||At least 50 cm||1.9.–30.11. *|
|Grayling||At least 30 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
* During the protection period of salmon and trout, all fishing in the permit area is prohibited.
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
There are no marked trails, maintained campfire sites or open or rental wilderness huts in the area.
The permit area begins some two kilometres upstream from the mouth of the river and the Utsjoki-Nuorgam road. There are privately owned waters and lands in the area and traversing across these is not recommended. Cars should not be parked along roads or entryways leading to private lands.