RIVER KITKAJOKI – ROLLING RAPIDS AND QUIET WATERS


Fishing licence sales offices for river Kitkajoki found in here...

(JOINT LICENCE FOR THE RIVERS OULANKAJOKI AND KITKAJOKI)

 

More information: Tourist Info Kuusamo, Torangintaival 2, Kuusamo

Tel. +358 40 860 8365


During the latest years, River Kitkajoki has been the home of the greatest brown trout. In addition to trout, the area is famous for its great natural beauty. The river flows in a deep canyon through handsome pine forests, between steep cliffs rising tens of metres above the streaming clear water. The river valley is at its most rugged in the area between the Jyrävä rapid and Harrisuvanto still water. After Päähkänäkallio the river flows into a spacious valley, where lusciously green meadows add to the beauty of the landscape.

This river is not easy for most fishermen. A skilled angler can pick up a brown trout every now and then, and fill his basket with big grayling on the side. In order to catch trout, the angler has to know the best spots well, and the holes where the grayling lurk are not always easy to find.

It is a well-known fact among fishermen that this river is one of the most challenging fishing destinations in Finland. The river is best suited for fishermen who enjoy trekking and brisk exercise. Then again, summer after summer, the biggest brown trout are caught from River Kitkajoki.

From Juuma to Harrisuvanto

Most fishermen travel to River Kitkajoki through the village of Juuma. The route is easy with marked paths to Harrisuvanto and the waters above it. The south side of the river is also easy to reach via Elijärventie road. The Jyrävä waterfall marks the end of the journey of the rising brown trout coming from Lake Paanajärvi. At the same time, the waterfall marks the beginning of a dream stream for anglers. The fishing sites in the six-kilometre stretch between Jyrävä and Päähkänä are mostly small. The distance is covered with rocky rapids. The only larger spots of quiet waters are Jyrävänsuvanto and Harrisuvanto, which both are popular among trout fishermen.

Good sites for catching brown trout are also Linnakallio and the stretch between Heinäniemi and Kalliosaari. Heinäniemi, Vattumutka and the upper reach of Harrisuvanto are great spots for grayling. The river flows more peacefully below Päähkänä, where there are longer stretches of quiet waters. There are many good fishing sites along the way from Vennäänniemi to Ahvenperä. The slowly flowing area below Ahvenperä is not considered a good site, although fishing is possible there as well. The lower reach of the river is easily accessible via Päähkänäkalliontie road.

River Kitkajoki hosts a relatively generous grayling population, and whitefish is also abundant in places. In quiet waters there is a fair chance of catching pike. The average weight of brown trout caught from this river is approximately 3.5 kg. The fishing area is 14 km long, with half of the distance covered with rapids.

 

Upper reaches of River Kitkajoki

 

Fishing licence sales offices for river Kitkajoki found in here...

(UPPER PART OF THE KITKAJOKI RIVER)

 

More information: Tourist Info Kuusamo, Torangintaival 2, Kuusamo

Tel. +358 40 860 8365

 

The whole of this area belongs to the Virrankylä fishery collective. The upper reaches of River Kitkajoki cover the area between Kiveskoski and Jyrävä. The length of the fishing area is approximately 20 km, of which there are 5 km of rapids. There are half a dozen lakes and some larger stretches of quiet waters in the area, with short quietly flowing stretches and many fast-flowing rapids in between.

Between Kiveskoski and Käylä the river runs through Keltinki and Lake Räväjärvi, and through Virtasalmi and Paloniva, which both are slow-flowing and deep stretches. They are excellent venues for catching whitefish and grayling. Käylänkoski rapid is divided into two channels as it goes under Sallantie road. The channels conjoin after the bridge. The best fishing places are at necks of rapids, under the bridges, and on river banks. The south bank is reserved for Käylä fish hatchery, which produces all the fish used for stocking River Kitkajoki, River Kuusinkijoki, and River Oulankajoki. There is an easy access to Käylänkoski rapid, but at the same time it is a difficult venue to fish. On the south bank, by the fish hatchery, there is a casting platform which offers an easy access fishing site for anglers using a wheelchair.

Good fishing venues are found at Kiehtäjänniva, Vähän-Käylän koski, Nahkaniva, Peurakoski and Saarikoski, which is the most significant of these. A short and smaller rapid called Kelhänkoski is easy to reach. Downstream from Juuma are Niskakoski and Myllykoski rapids, both famous tourist sights.


The common catch of the area is grayling and whitefish, and also the River Kitkajoki brown trout, which are found in the lakes and streams of the area. The area is easily reached from many places on Räväntie and Riekamotie roads. The distance from the car to the river is one kilometre at most.

Kiveskoski rapid
The topmost rapid of River Kitkajoki has been shaped by man three times. The rapid was dredged twice at the end of the 19th century, in order to lower the surface of Lake Kitkajärvi. In spring 1995 the Kiveskoski rapid was shaped for the third time, in order to make it more pleasant for both the fish and the fishermen.

The stretch suited for fishing is one kilometre long, with fast-flowing water. The width of the stream varies between 30 and 50 metres. The neck of the rapid is a place of shallow, slow-flowing water. As the stream narrows, the flow speed of the water grows. There are many single underwater rocks and rocky banks in the river. The flow is at its greatest near the bridge. Below the bridge there is a slightly slower-flowing stretch, and a fast-flowing part starts again from the top of the bend. After the bend the flow slows down little by little, until the river broadens into Lake Keltinginjärvi.

It is easy to move around and fish on both banks of Kiveskoski rapid. Wading is not necessary, but it gives you an opportunity to cover a wider area. There are many good fishing spots on this beat. Grayling is caught in fast-flowing areas, and whitefish is common where the flow is calmer. There is a good chance of catching trout from under any rock in the river.