Stocked catch speices are freshwater salmon, whitefish and brown trout.   Natural catch speices are brown trout, grayling, pike perch, pike and perch.  

Allowed fishing methods are fly fishing, trolling and spinning. Available services are fireplace, boat for rent, launching place for boats and cafe.

The waterways of Rautalampi, Viitasaari, and Saarijärvi empty into the powerful river Vaajavirta, which is near Jyväskylä. There were three big rapids in the beginning of the century: Yläkoski, Haapakoski, and Vaajakoski. The lowest rapid Vaajakoski was harnessed in the beginning of the century. After that, the river has not been as swift as it used to be. The canal from Keitele to Päijänne was built in the beginning of 1990’s. A lock was built and the rapid was dredged suitable for large boats. Although the rapid has been “tamed”, it is still an excellent fishing ground. The river Vaajavirta is one of the best places to catch big lake trout in central Finland. There is a lot of anadromous lake trout from lake Päijänne, which do not immediately find the way to the spawning areas above the rapid. There is plenty of time for fishermen to catch a lot of trout before fish eventually find the stairs. Several lake trout weighting over 5kg have been caught there. A lot of smaller lake trout have been planted into the river. The grayling population is growing very rapidly, because grayling have been stocked in the lake for ten years. There is a good possibility to catch a grayling weighting 700-800 grams on Vaajavirta. The record up to date is 1,5 kg. The about 5 km long fishing ground begins from the rapid Yläkoski, which begins from lake Leppävesi. The best way to fish in the area is to use a boat. It is also useful to cast the near the stones at the shore, where the fish often hide. Grayling have often been caught from a boat by using a fly. The river there is over 10 metres deep in the middle. The most popular fishing ground of the river Vaajavirta is the rapid Vaajakoski. There is a special shore-fishing zone for fly fishermen above the new power plant. There is plenty of room for casting at the shores, and this makes the area good for practising fly fishing. Wadding is dangerous in the area, because the power plant is located nearby. Below the new power plant there is a 100 metres long area where fishing is not allowed. The most popular casting at the shore is below the bridge at the end of cape Paloniemi. The river is extremely swift there and you have to use extra weights with your lures if you want to fish near the bottom. The bottom seems to be even, but there are a lot of pits and stones, where fish can be found. There are many jetties which you can use for fishing at the end of cape Paloniemi. Trolling is a popular fishing method on the river Vaajavirta. The most popular fishing area begins at the end of cape Paloniemi and continues up to the island Sallinsaari. The best time for fishing is in autumn after the closed season. Fishing in also possible in winter, because the river is not covered in ice. The best way to learn the best lodges and methods is to ask tips from local fishermen. The location of the best lodges varies according to the level of water. In the end of the flood season most fish are in the west below the old power plant, and in other times they can be found in the east bed. You’re allowed to use live baits on the river. Smelt is the best bait to use. There are good services near the river Vaajavirta. In summer there is a café in the idyllic milieu of wooden houses on island Naissaari. There is a fireplace with a cover at the cape Paloniemi. The services of the Vaajakoski population centre are only a couple of hundred metres away. There is jetty for the boats of guests at the cape Paloniemi. There are three places where you can launch your own boat. The dam can be passed by going through the lock.

Hydrology - Vaajavirta Rapids

Lenght  4700 m  ()
Width  33 m  (-100 m virtakohdat)
Mean discharge  141 m3/s  ()
Flood discharge  0 m3/s  (Virtaamaa säännöstelty)
Low discharge  0 m3/s  (Virtaamaa säännöstelty)

Fishing Licences Vaajavirta Rapids

Season:Other season 1.1-31.8. ja 02.12.-31.12. Season:1.1. -31.8. ja 01.12. -31.12 
Price Duration / Catch quota
Licencegroup: Fishing Method: All All
25 €12 hours / 1 salmonid
30 €Day / 1 salmonid
80 €Week / 1 salmonid
300 €Year / 1 salmonid 31.12. asti
Price Duration / Catch quota
18-64-years old fisherman has to purchase also personal National fishing management fee Fee: 47 € for the calendar year 2023 or 15 € for seven days or 6 € for one day.

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Fishing Rules Vaajavirta Rapids


Saaliskiintiö 1 lohikalaa/ vrk. Järvitaimen ja -lohi välimitta 60-65 cm (välimitan mukaiset kalat saa ottaa saaliiksi). Harjus 35-40 cm -Kuha 45-55 cm , rasvaevälliset taimenet rauhoitettu.Välimitan mukaiset kalat saa ottaa saaliiksi: -Järvitaimen 60-65 cm Poislukien rauhoitetut rasvaevälliset järvitaimenet!) -Harjus 35-40 cm -Kuha 45-55 cm -Järvilohi 60-65 cm -Saaliskiintiö 1 lohikalaa / vrk ja kuha 2 kpl / vrk

Fishing Methods

Fly fishing, trolling and spinning.

Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons

It is prohibited to take a fish that is smaller than the minimum size and bigger than the maximum size. A fish that does not meet the limits for the catch size must be immediately released back to water.

Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons

Brown trout 60 cm,  Freshwater Salmon 60 cm,  Grayling 35 cm,  Pike Perch 45 cm

General Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons (Finland Fishing Act)

Brown Trout Minimum Lenght cm
With adipose fin South of 64º00N latitude Totally Protected
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With adipose fin 64º00N - 67º00N välissä olevissa sisävesissä 60 cm
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Without adipose fin North of 67º00N latitude 50 cm
Without adipose fin 50 cm
River and Brook 1.8. - 30.11. Totally Protected
Grayling Minimum Lenght cm
South of 67º00N Latitude 35 cm
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North of 67º00N Latitude 30 cm
Sea Totally Protected
South of 67º00N 1.4.-31.5. Totally Protected
Freshwater Salmon Minimum Lenght cm
60 cm
Vuoksi and Hiitolanjoki drainage system Totally Protected
Rivers and brooks 1.8. - 30.11.. Totally Protected
Salmon Minimum Lenght cm
60 cm
North of 63º30 N Latitude Bay of Bothnia 50 cm
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River and Brook 1.8. - 30.11.. totally protected
Pike Perch Minimum Lenght cm
Finland 42 cm
Char Minimum Lenght cm
Lake Inarinjärvi 45 cm
Vuoksi drainage area 60 cm
Lake Kuolimo and Saimaa between Puumalansalmi and Vuoksenniska and Vuoksi drainage system area 1.9. - 30.11.. Totally protected
Whitefish Minimum Lenght cm
River and brook that empties to sea 1.9.-31.11. Totally protected
Lamprey Minimum Lenght cm
1.4.-30.11. Totally protected
Crayfish Minimum Lenght cm
Jokirapu, täplärapu ja kapeasaksirapu (Astacus leptodactylus) 1.11.-21.07. klo 12 Totally protected
Rainbow Trout and other Fish Speices Minimum Lenght cm
No Minimum Catch Sizes or Closed Seasons

Vaajavirta Rapids Videos

Vaajavirta Rapids Fish Stockings

Vaajavirta fish stockings

freshwater salmon, whitefish and brown trout.  

Superior Lake: Leppävesi

Pike perch, Freshwater Salmon, Brown trout, Grayling, Whitefish, Whitefish (Coregonus l. pallasi), Whitefish (Coregonus peled), Whitefish(Coregonus l.nilssoni), Pike and Vendace.

Vaajavirta Rapids Pictures


Vaajavirta Rapids Maps and Driving Directions

Depth Map, Topographical map
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Weather, Sun and Moon rise and set

Weather, Sun and Moon rise and set

Associated Lakes

Leppävesi 6359 ha

Special fishing areas nearby Vaajavirta

Vaajavirta Rapids 0 km
Jyväskylä Maximum depth 4700 m Maximum depth 141 m
25€/12 tuntia 30€/vrk 80€/viikko 300€/vuosi
Liekkilammet 1 km
Jyväskylä Lenght 400 m
20€/24 tuntia 20€/24 tuntia
Fishing ground of Leppävesi 3 km
20€/2 viikkoa 50€/vuosi
Lake Muurikaisjärvi 5 km
Jyväskylä Lenght 68 m Lenght 14 m
Lakes Tuomiojärvi ja Köhniönjärvi 8 km
Jyväskylä Lenght 28 m Lenght 300 m
15€/24 tuntia 18€/24 tuntia 63€/kausi 86€/kausi
Muuramenjoki Rapids 17 km
Muurame Area 1500 ha Area 3.2 ha
18€/12 tuntia
Tarvaala Rapids 18 km
Laukaa Area 1400 ha Area 540 ha Area 30.35 ha Area 3 ha Area 75 ha
15€/24 tuntia
Simunankoski 21 km

Lakes nearby Vaajavirta

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Fishing Guides

Medi Fish Oy / Timo Koikkalainen  

Cottages Vaajavirta

Cottage Hankasalmi Niemisjärvi Simunankoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
7 henk 102m2
alk. 700
/week/cottage 28 km 
Cottage Hankasalmi Ylemmäinen Simunankoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
4+3 henk 59m2
alk. 600
/week/cottage 29 km 
Cottage Konnevesi Konnevesi Siikakoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
9 henk 110m2
alk. 590-865
/week/cottage 54 km 
Cottage Konnevesi Konnevesi Siikakoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
9 henk 110m2
alk. 590-865
/week/cottage 54 km 
Cottage Konnevesi Konnevesi Siikakoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
9 henk 110m2
alk. 590-865
/week/cottage 54 km 
Cottage Konnevesi Konnevesi Siikakoski Revontuli Golf Häkärinteet
5 henk 40m2
alk. 400-515
/week/cottage 54 km 
Cottage Joutsa Suontee Viherinkoski Hartolan Kuninkaallinen Golfklubi Hiihtokeskus Purnu
8 henk 75m2
alk. 420-700
/week/cottage 60 km 
Cottage Saarijärvi Heijostenkoski Heijostenkoski Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
10+6 henk 200m2
alk. 650-750
/week/cottage 76 km 
Cottage Saarijärvi Karankajärvi Karajoki Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
Villa Mertala
6+2 henk 114m2
alk. 700-950
/week/cottage 77 km 
Cottage Saarijärvi Karanka Karajoki Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
Mulikan Hilton
10 henk 0m2
alk. 205
/week/pers. 79 km 
Cottage Pieksämäki Maavesi Suihkolanjoki Laukanlampi Golf Club Häkärinteet
Pieksämäen lomamökki
6 henk 101m2
alk. 340-450
/week/cottage 80 km 
Cottage Hirvensalmi Ryökasvesi Ripatinkoski Mikkelin Golf Mikkeli/Tornimäki
Hirvensalmen lomamökki
4 henk 100m2
alk. 340-450
/week/cottage 84 km 
Cottage Viitasaari Vuosjärvi Huopanankoski Eerikkälä golf Sahis
8+4 henk 80m2
alk. 600
/week/cottage 85 km 
Cottage Viitasaari Suotajärvi Myllyjoki Viitasaari Eerikkälä golf Sahis
Suovanlahden hirsihuvila
6 henk 56m2
alk. 420
/week/cottage 86 km 


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