River fishing in Tornio / Torne River

The diverse and extensive water bodies of Pello in Finland make fishing here an exquisite experience.  The Tornio River (Tornionjoki in Finnish and 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.

Every summer see tens of thousands of salmon migrating up the Tornio River (Torne river in Swedish), and over half of those purchasing a fishing licence are rewarded with a salmon. Statistics of migrating salmon for the River Tornio are available through this site: Monitoring of salmon runs in the Tornio River

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. If you are looking for salmon fishing guides and fishing safaris, we recommend you to contact Naamisuvanto Fishing Resort in Pello.

In Pello accommodation can be easily arranged at a hotel, cabin or in the bosom of nature. More about accommodation in Pello HERE.

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.


During the summer of 2024, salmon fishing with rod equipment is allowed, beginning on June 8th at 12:00. The final day for permitted fishing is August 25th. 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.

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

A fishing permit for the Tornio River can be bought from:

Further information about permitswww.torneriversalmon.com

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


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