A beautiful chain of small lakes, streams and rapids in the nearly uninhabited wilderness of Kainuu. The water system originates in the historical region of Viena in Russian Karelia.
Roaring rapids, open lakes and tranquil forest ponds await the angler in Yli-Vuokki. The lakesand ponds are rich in perch, pike-perch and pike – pretty big ones too! The rapids are home to spot-sided trout and shiny, silver grayling. Most of the rapids and other waters in the area are easily accessible via a comprehensive network of roads.
Lake Kevättijärvi is a part of the permit area and the lake's fish stock has been reinforced with plantings of brown and freshwater trout for a number of years. Now the lake is abundant with great, catch-sized salmonids! Kevättijärvi is also a great place for catching sizable perch. The best way to fish is to use one's own row boat, which can be launched from the site designated on the PFD map (natural boat ramp). There are also a couple of rental boats that may be rented from the Ala-Vuokki general store (more information can be found in the Services section).
Purchasing a permit
In Yli-Vuokki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 24-hour or 7-day permit. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||13 €|
|7 days||40 €|
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.
Kontiomäki: Kainuun Tähti Oy (Neste Kontiomäki service station)
Suomussalmi: TB-Turjanhovi (service station)
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. Trout fishing is prohibited in running waters and rapids sections between 1.9.–30.11. Grayling fishing is prohibited between 1.4.–31.5.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
The Yli-Vuokki 5505 angling permit grants the right for
- lure fishing with lure, fly or jig
- hook and line fishing and ice fishing except in rapids and running waters.
As general fishing rights do not apply in Kevättijärvi and Louhilampi, it is prohibited to fish there with a lure under a fisheries management fee as well as fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing), and through a hole in the ice in wintertime (ice fishing), unless you have purchased an angling permit. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
Angling permit is required for lure fishing in rapids and running waters. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters, regardless of whether you have an angling permit or not.
Fishing gear and bait
The use of artificial bait is prohibited in the Yli-Vuokki angling permit area.
An angler may use one (1) rod with a single line when fishing from the shore, from an anchored boat or fishing from the ice. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing. When trolling lures or flies from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line.
Fishing with your own boat, a rental boat or flotation device is permitted.
The use of an outboard motor is permitted on the lake waters of the permit area. However, only electric outboard motors are allowed in Kevättijärvi.
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|area||Maximum catch in 24 hours|
|Kevättijärvi||10 perches and 1 trout or landlocked salmon|
|Other water areas||1 trout or landlocked salmon|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increasing by purchasing several permits for the same 24-hour period.
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||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
|Landlocked salmon||At least 60 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.8.–30.11.|
|Perch||At most 35 cm in Lake Kevättijärvi*||No protection period|
*A maximum size has been set for perch caught in Lake Kevättijärvi. Fish larger than this size must be released back into the water. Read more about the background for using maximum size limit.
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.
Services in the area
Boats for fishing in Lake Kevättijärvi may be rented from the Ala-Vuokki general store (K-Mäkeläisen pojat Ky).
- The address for the store is Kuhmontie 311, Suomussalmi.
- The store is open from 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday and from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays.
- The rental prices for the boats are 15 euros per day and 45 euros per week.
- For more information on the rental boats, contact Saku Mäkeläinen at +358 40 5881271.
Rental cabins are also available along the Yli-Vuokki recreational fishing area: Lomarengas (lomarengas.fi).
If you are interested in catching perch, Yli-Vuokki is a particularly tasty destination. Kevättijärvi and the other lakes and smaller ponds in the permit area are home to very sizable specimens. Anglers have caught big perch even in the area's tiniest ponds, as well as in the larger lakes.
The area's ponds are best fished using small and small-ish jigs weighing 5-7.5 grams. In the winter you should try a balance lure.
Big perch can be extremely passive at times and refuse all treats offered to it. In these situations a grub jig the colour of motor oil might just be the lure that saves the trip.
The rapids Paasikoski, Palokoski, Saapaskoski and Saarikoski are stocked with catch-sized brown trout during the summer season. Lake Kevättijärvi is stocked with 2-3-year-old brown and freshwater trout, and many of the area's other lakes are stocked with fry-sized grayling and whitefish.