River fishing in Tornio / Torne River

The diverse and extensive water bodies of Pello in Finland make fishing here an exquisite experience.  The River Tornio (Torne Älv in Swedish), Europe’s biggest free-flowing salmon river, awaits you with its many stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. The number of salmon migrating up the River Tornio passed 100,000 at the Kattilakoski measuring point in 2016. Pello is a great place to learn the secrets of salmon fishing and local fishing guides are available to teach you about the proper rowing approaches and the dos and don’ts of white-water fishing. Accommodation can be easily arranged at a hotel, cabin or in the bosom of nature.

The rapids and rivers of Sweden are also nearby, making the fishing waters of two states available to fly fishers and lure casters in search of intriguing experiences.


Salmon fishing with rod equipment is permitted between 1 June and 31 August. Fishing is, however, not permitted from 7pm Sunday to 7pm Monday. The minimum length of a salmon caught in the river is 50 cm and the catch quota is 1 fish / day. A report must be made on each caught salmon.  Any trout caught in the sea or river waters of the River Tornio fishing area must be released back into the water immediately.

Statistics of the migrating salmon for the River Tornio are available through this sites:
Monitoring of salmon runs in River Tornionjoki

Fishing on the River Tornio is entirely forbidden between 15 September and 15 December.

A fishing permit for the River Tornio can be bought from:
Motel Jätkänkolo
Lehkonen’s Holiday cottages
Kattilakoski Camping – Tonko
Korpikoski Grill
Lempeän Lohirengas
Cafe-Restaurant Joppari

Further information about permits: www.yhteislupa.com

Further information about the fishing regulations for the river area (in Finnish): http://travelpello.fi/files/kuvat/kalastussäännöt.pdf


VIDEO: Salmon fishing in Tornio / Torne River in Pello in Lapland, Finland