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Foreign citizens have the same fishing opportunities and obligations as Finns.

You can pay the national fisheries management fee and obtain fishing permits from Metsähallitus for state-owned waters where fishing requires a separate permit. The fisheries management fee is a statutory general fishing fee, which is valid everywhere in Finland except Åland. Metsähallitus fishing permits apply to state-owned waters.

If you are fishing with a single rod, the fisheries management fee will be sufficient nearly everywhere in Finland. If you are fishing with more than one rod, trap fishing, crayfishing, fishing in rapids and running water, or fishing in special destinations, you will need a fishing permit from the owner of the water area in addition to the fisheries management fee. Many fishing destinations administered by Metsähallitus require both a fisheries management fee and fishing permit.

The purchase of a permit is an investment in nature, as Metsähallitus uses the proceeds from the permits for the management of fisheries and securing the future of fishing in Finland. The catch report submitted by anglers also plays an important role in planning sustainable fishing arrangements.

Fishing News

Metsähallitus is looking for 1,000 people to become members of the Wilderness and Nature Community – come and develop the services for nature lovers

19.01.2023

The aim is to bring together Finland’s largest customer community focused on spending time in nature and taking part in wilderness activities. Metsähallitus hopes that hikers, hunters, fishers, and trekkers alike will join in, even those who are just starting their hobby.

Fisheries management fees totalled EUR 9.3 million

29.12.2022

This year, fishermen paid 266,700 fisheries management fees. A large proportion of the fishermen do not pay the statutory fee, estimates Metsähallitus.

More than 500 nature visitors required intervention

28.12.2022

For the first time, Metsähallitus wilderness supervision has monitored the results of its work in real time throughout the year. The new system reveals that 368 people violated the law while in nature, and 169 people were caught without necessary permits.

Fisheries management fee for 2023 can now be purchased

18.11.2022

Next year’s fisheries management fee is now available in the Eräluvat web shop, app and service number +358 20 69 2424, in R-kioski convenience stores and nature centres. The Government decided on Thursday that the fisheries management fee for the entire year will be EUR 47.

Frequently asked questions about fishing

Where can I fish with a fisheries management fee? Where can I find information on fishing permits for privately-owned waters? When might it be necessary to pay compensation for the conservation value of an endangered fish species?

Read the answers to frequently asked questions.

Wildlife tutors

A wildlife tutor is a keen and responsible wilderness, hunting or fishing enthusiast who teaches children and youngsters how to embrace the wilderness. Would you like to become a wildlife tutor?

Read more about wildlife tutoring on Wildlife tutor page.

Responsible fishing

We want to encourage all fishers to consider the well-being of the fish. Each and every fisher is obligated to ensure the proper and respectful treatment of the fish they catch, regardless of whether they intend to release them or keep them for food.

Get to know the guidelines for responsible fishing.