Fishing at Koli

Wide possibilities for fishing on Lake Pielinen and the white waters of Ruunaa

Koli is situated on the shores of Lake Pielinen, 90 000 hectares of fishing dreams come true. Among others, there are salmon, zander, perch, pike, bream and vendace. Hook-and-line fishing are included in what are called ‘everyman’s rights’, and involve no payments or licences; but there are restrictions on where these rights apply. In the winter time ice-fishing is very popular, and there are no licences needed for hook-and-line angling. Read more about Pielinen Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing

Guided fishing trips on Lake Pielinen

If you need help or tips on secrets of Lake Pielinen, you can go to a guided fishing trip. Guide knows the district and recommends suitable places. If you want, he can give you fishing tips too.
Guided fishingtrips in Koli: Pielisen Retki and Koli Active Oy.

Fishing on the white waters of Ruunaa

The famous Ruunaa white waters in the eastern part of Lieksa are suitable for both active fishing enthusiasts and trainees. Catches of rainbow trout and lake trout are regularly planted in the Ruuna hiking area. The Lieksanjoki River, which flows through the hiking area, also has a small wild trout and grayling population.

Guided fishing trips to Ruunaa white waters are made by Ruunaan Matkailu.

Fishing licences

For other types of fishing such as use of lures, flies, nets and so on, a licence is necessary. It’s best to ask locally about the current regulations, and ask about exceptions if you’re under 18 years or over 65. The nationwide fishing management fee costs € 45 per year, € 15 per week or € 6/day. In addition you need a local fishing permit. The nationwide fee can be purchased on the Internet, more detailed information at

Fishing permits for Lake Pielinen can be purchased from:  Sale Koli, tel. +358 (0)10 762 3300 (only area-specific fishing permits, no state fishing permits) , ABC service station, Nurmes tel. +358 (0)10 763 7562, Konesola, Kirkkokatu 16, Nurmes tel. +358 13 480 180.

Villa for fishermen

The 114-square-meter KoliCarelia villas in Hattusaari, surrounded by Pielinen throughout, are popular with fishing enthusiasts. You can get fishing permits for nets, snare and trolling in the Hattusaari fishing area in advance, and you can rent a motorboat with a 4hp four-stroke machine or bring your own boat. A larger trolling boat can be dropped from the concrete slab on the Hattusaari Bridge. All villas have their own beach and beach sauna. More information:

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