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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, 5 September 2020

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Angling Day will be organised on 5 September 2020 instead of June.

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.

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 10am and 3pm. 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.

On Angling Day, a commemorative 2020 lure made by Kuusamon Uistin will be introduced. 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 either by email to vapapaiva(a) or by text message to 040 720 5963. 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), p. 0400 946 968

For more information, contact juha.ojaharju(at), p. 045 113 3050

For more information, contact janne.tarkiainen(at), p. 044 547 9116

For more information, contact petter.nissen(at), p. 0500 440 923

Locations where you can fish independently during the whole day

Please read the instructions above before your fishing trip.

Please note that in many Angling Day locations, trout is protected between 1 September and 30 November, also during the Angling Day event. 

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 takes place during the skiing holidays

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 will be celebrated also in 2020 in six locations around Finland during the mid-term break.

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.

In 2020 also adults fishing with youngsters can fish for free during the event (between 9 AM and 3 PM). This exception is made to make sure everyone's Winter Angling Day goes smoothly, as buying the permit by calling to an automatic number is no longer possible. In future fishing permits for Wintern Angling Day locations can be easily purchased in Eräluvat application.

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 2020

NB! Winter Angling Days at Lake Matildanjärvi and Niemisjärvet Lakes on Feb 22 have been cancelled as the ice conditions on the lake are far below the seasonal average. Other events will be organized as planned.

Kinnula, Lake Heikinlampi on Saturday 22 February 9 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Juha Ojaharju, juha.ojaharju(a), 045 113 3050

Mikkeli, Lake Valkeajärvi on Wednesday 26 February 9 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Janne Tarkiainen, janne.tarkiainen(a), 044 547 9116

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

Sievi, Lake Maasydänjärvi on Saturday 7 March 9 AM -  3 PM
Contact person: Petter Nissen, petter.nissen(a), 0500 440 923

Angling Day in social media

Share your Angling Day photos 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