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On Angling Day and Winter Angling Day, under 18s get to go fishing for free at a number of Metsähallitus recreational fishing destinations. Angling Day is normally held on the first Saturday of the summer holidays, and every year sees the participation of around 1000 young anglers from all over Finland. Winter Angling Day takes place during the skiing holiday (mid-term break).

Angling Day, 12 June 2021

On Angling Day, Metsähallitus opens up over 30 fishing locations to children and young people. At some of the locations there will be instructors from the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing (SVK), and at the other locations children can fish independently together with their guardian.Logo of Angling day. A laughing fish jumps out of water.

Although Angling Day events take place outdoors, we should take care of ourselves and others by following few general rules:

  • Maintain distance from other people.
  • Make sure your hands are clean and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Some locations have fire pits, but be prepared to eat your lunch also elsewhere. Crowds should be avoided also outdoors.
  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home.

AT THE LOCATIONS WITH INSTRUCTORS, fishing is free to all under 18s between 10 am and 3 pm. The events will be held if there are no regional restrictions due to covid-19 pandemic. There is no need to register for the event beforehand – you can simply go on the day to the SVK instructor who will give you a badge which functions as a fishing permit. The instructors can also offer advice and tips, where needed, to help the young anglers to get going.

Angling Day has its own commemorative lure made by Kuusamon Uistin. It was first introduced in 2020. The Angling Day lure is not available for sale in shops – it is only available through participation in the free Angling Day event.

On Angling Day, only under 18s are allowed to fish at the locations between the hours above. The quota for each young angler is two salmonids. Sale of permits for adults continues after the event ends, at 3pm.

AT OTHER LOCATIONS, you can fish for free on Angling Day for the whole day (24h). These locations do not provide instruction or other organised activities. For these locations, you should register beforehand by sending the name of the young person and their guardian and the location where you intend to go fishing by email to vapapaiva(a)metsa.fi. The same message can include the names of several young people and their guardians. The messages are not responded to individually.

The guardian accompanying the young person (1 per child or youth) may also fish for free in these locations because they are acting as the instructor for the young person. The fishing quota for each young angler is two salmonids, and for the guardians one salmonid. Please note that fishing is free only in the locations listed below.


Locations with an instructor present from 10 am to 3 pm

Please read the instructions above before your fishing trip.

For more information, contact janne.rautanen(at)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, p. 0400 946 968

For more information, contact juha.ojaharju(at)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, p. 045 113 3050

For more information, contact janne.tarkiainen(at)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, p. 044 547 9116

For more information, contact petter.nissen(at)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, p. 0500 440 923


Locations where you can fish independently during the whole day

Please read the instructions above before your fishing trip.

Also included are Metsähallitus’s wider permit areas: Eastern Lapland (3410), Western Lapland (2410), Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu (5411), Southern Finland (7413) and Sea Areas (7412).

Winter Angling Day

The Winter Angling Day events are cancelled in 2021. Young people under 18 years of age can still fish for free, but there will be no organised program or fishing mentors on site.
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The greatest fishing event of the summer, the Angling Day (Vapapäivä), was in 2019 followed by the Winter Angling Day (Pilkkivapapäivä). The Winter Angling Day is celebrated  around Finland during the mid-term break.Logo of Winter Angling Day. A fish with a woolen hat peeks under the ice.

At these events, young people aged under 18 can fish for free. Anglers are provided a sticker which serves as a fishing permit during the event.

The quota for each young angler is two salmonids, for adults one salmonid. Anglers need to follow the regional permit terms which are listed on the locations' webpages.

Fishing mentors from the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing will be on hand to guide youngsters to the secrets of ice fishing. If you don’t have your own equipment, the organisers will have a limited number of rods for you to borrow. Hot drinks and sausages will also be served to young anglers!

Winter Angling Day locations in 2021

Young people under 18 years of age can fish for free, but there will be no organised program or fishing mentors on site.

Hämeenlinna, Evo/Niemisjärvet Saturday 27 February 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Janne Rautanen, janne.rautanen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0400 946 968

Salo, Teijo/Lake Matildanjärvi Saturday 27 February 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Janne Rautanen, janne.rautanen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0400 946 968

Mikkeli, Lake Valkeajärvi Wednesday 3 March 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Janne Tarkiainen, janne.tarkiainen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 044 547 9116

Kinnula, Lake Heikinlampi Saturday 6 March 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Juha Ojaharju, juha.ojaharju(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 045 113 3050

Kuhmo, Lake Syväjärvi Tuesday 9 March 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Petter Nissen, petter.nissen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0500 440 923

Sievi, Lake Maasydänjärvi Saturday 13 March 10 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Petter Nissen, petter.nissen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0500 440 923

Angling Day in social media

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#pilkkivapapäivä #winteranglingday

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Angling Day and Winter Angling Day are organized by Metsähallitus and the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing.