On Angling Day, all youngsters under 18 are welcome to fish free of charge in many recreational fishing areas of Metsähallitus! The event is held in the beginning of the school summer holidays. Schools usually mark the end of the school year on the first Saturday of June, which means that the Angling Day is held on the second Saturday of the month. Each year the Angling Day attracts about 1,000 youngsters who are eager to test their fishing skills.
On Angling Day, there are areas where instructors of the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing are on hand, and areas where young people can try their fishing skills free of charge without assistance. The guided fishing destinations are open 10-15. In other destinations one can fish all day, as long as one signs up beforehand.
List of destinations and further instructions will be published in April 2019.
The greatest fishing event of the summer, the Angling Day (Vapapäivä), will this year be followed by the Winter Angling Day (Pilkkivapapäivä)! The Winter Angling Day will be celebrated in four locations around Finland during the mid-term break.
At these events, young people aged under 18 can fish for free. The quota for each angler is two salmonids. Adults can purchase a fishing permit following the usual methods, for example as a mobile permit. All Winter Angling Day locations are special fishing destinations that require a separate permit even for ice fishing.
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!
Lammi (Evo), Niemisjärvet Lakes on Sunday 4 February from 9.00 till 15.00
Contact person: Janne Rautanen, janne.rautanen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0400 946968.
Mikkeli, Valkeajärvi Lake on Wednesday 27 February from 9.00 till 15.00
Contact person: Janne Tarkiainen, janne.tarkiainen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 044 547 9116
Sievi, Maasydänjärvi Lake on Sunday 3 March from 9.00 till 15.00
Contact person: Juha Ojaharju, juha.ojaharju(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 045 113 3050
Kuhmo, Syväjärvi Lake on Tuesday 5 March from 9.00 till 15.00
Contact person: Petter Nissen, petter.nissen(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi, 0500 440 923