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 declaration submitted by anglers also plays an important role in planning sustainable fishing arrangements.
Metsähallitus, which manages state-owned waters in Finland, intends to eliminate the use of plastic in fishing traps. For many decades, fishers have attached a plastic marker to their traps in order to indicate payment of a fishing permit. The goal is to completely eliminate the use of plastic in the state-owned enterprise.
If you intend to fish in Finland and you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you must pay the fisheries management fee. Payment of this fee is not required if you are only ice fishing, hook and line fishing or fishing with a simple herring rig. As Christmas approaches, Metsähallitus would like to remind people that, in contrast to a material gift, the fisheries management fee is not a burden on nature but an investment in the well-being of nature, people and society. Proceeds from the fee are used, for example, to manage fishing waters and fish stocks.
The eagerly anticipated sale of fishing permits for Utsjoki, Inari, and Enontekiö begins next week. Residents can purchase their seasonal permits for 40 euros from Wednesday, May 22 9:00 onwards. Non-residents can begin buying location-specific daily permits from Tuesday, May 21 at 9:00 onwards.
Seasonal permits for locals and daily permits for tourists will become available next week. The exact date will be published this week.