Instructions for fisherS


Rivers Kuusinkijoki, Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki

On the three great trout rivers of Kuusamo, the riverbank is filled with established fishing spots.
The most important gentleman’s rule is rotation. The fishing is always started at the same spot, for instance at the top of a quiet water or a rapid.


You should wait for your turn a little further away from the riverbank. When it is your turn, you
can begin fishing at the top of the fishing spot. While you are fishing, you should move slowly
downstream. If there are no other fishers at the fishing spot, you are permitted to stay in one place for a longer time. When there are other fishers at the riverbank, the fishing must always be started at the correct place. On your turn you are required to move downstream, taking the rhythm of those below you into consideration.


When you move to a new fishing spot, you must never begin fishing below another fisherman. You should always start upstream from him. After you have walked the stretch through, you can return back upstream to wait for another turn at the riverbank, or you can move to a new site.

Catch quotas and minimum sizes

When you are buying a fishing licence, always remember to check the current fishing regulations and restrictions, e.g. minimum sizes and catch quotas.


Hiker’s Checklist


Protect the delicate northern nature by using marked paths. Following marked routes also makes it easier to find fishing sites.


The famous Karhunkierros Hiking Trail in Oulanka National Park follows River Oulankajoki and
River Kitkajoki in many places. Along the way there are several wilderness lakes, so it is wise to

bring your fishing gear along when you head out for a hike on Karhunkierros Trail. In Oulanka National Park there are some restricted areas where hiking is not permitted. Lighting campfires is allowed only at special campfire sites, which are also found at the best fishing sites.  Firewood is provided at the campfire sites.


The taking of trees for firewood is forbidden.


The practice of garbage free hiking is followed in Oulanka National Park: what you can carry along
on the trail, you can carry away from the woods as well. If hikers bring back their garbage from the park, there is much less need for maintenance traffic. Burnable waste can be burnt at campfire sites, and compost waste can be placed in outhouses.