Fishing experience of a lifetime
The first fly-fishing enthusiasts discovered the marvels of the river Teno in the 19th century, which can be considered as the beginning of recreational fishing tourism in the largest and most beautiful salmon river in Europe. The various forms of recreational fishing, such as lure angling and fly-fishing, are modern activities. However, 2021 is an exceptional year as Norway and Finland have jointly decided to ban salmon fishing at the River Teno . This is to protect the salmon stock as the salmon stock has been declining.
Luckily, Utsjoki area offers other fishing options for enthusiasts. The trout and arctic char lure many fishermen to the neighboring fells in the winter for ice fishing. To have a cup of hot drink while fishing at a frozen lake is a great winter experience as well as a glimpse to the local life. If you’re after the big fish outside the salmon season, the Arctic Ocean is only a short drive from the villages of Karigasniemi, Utsjoki and Nuorgam and no fishing licenses are needed there.
We recommend fishing with local guide for the best experience. If, however, you choose to go fishing on your own, you need to ensure that you have the needed permits for that certain fishing area. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 will need to pay a fisheries management fee (www.eraluvat.fi) and buy the appropriate fishing permit.
The parasite Gyrodactylus salaris has not yet spread to river Teno yet for which reason all your fishing equipment needs to be disinfected before entering the fishing waters. More information from here.
Utsjoki is an area known for its clean and beautiful nature. Please keep it that way and leave your surroundings free of any trash and take with you any gear or trash you take to the nature.
You can find more about the fishing licenses for other areas in Utsjoki at here: http://www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing/fishing-permits-and-fees/angling-permit/alueet/utsjoki-wilderness.html