The famous river Teno, its tributaries and wilderness lakes offer fishing experience to remember.

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, since 2021 Norway and Finland have jointly decided to ban salmon fishing at the River Teno to protect the declining salmon stock. Nonetheless, Utsjoki offers spectacular surrounding for fishing other species year-round. 

Depending on the current restrictions, you can fish other fish than salmon in the River Teno and its tributaries. The trout and arctic char lure many fishermen to the neighboring fells in the winter for ice fishing. The fell lakes offer unforgettable fishing experience also during summer, surrounded by the peace and quiet of the wilderness.  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 permits 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 and buy the appropriate fishing permit. For assistance, please contact Siida Nature Centre.

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 is available 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. Please do not kill the fish if you’re not planning to eat it – the local way is to only take what you need.

You can find more about the fishing licenses for other areas in Utsjoki at here.