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

This summer, fishing attracted interest from people of all ages - revenues from fisheries management fees already EUR 10 million

11.09.2020

The revenue from fisheries management fees earned this year exceeded EUR 10 million at the beginning of September. According to a Metsähallitus survey, the increase in revenues is the result of both an increase in the number of anglers and the higher payment activity of those who had previously fished.

Revenue from fisheries management fees exceeded the total for 2019 in July

18.08.2020

Fisheries management fees were paid over 245,000 times between January and July 2020. The revenue accumulated by the end of July was EUR 9.5 million, as compared to almost EUR 8.9 million in the entire year 2019.

The renewed Excursionmap.fi is an excellent service for hikers in Finland

25.06.2020

Metsähallitus’ Excursionmap.fi map service, known as the number one tool of all hikers, has been renewed. In addition to improvements made to technical functionality, the map has been complemented with photographs of the most popular sites, the information contents of the map have been increased, and the map is now updated more frequently.

Changes to the cancellation policy for wilderness permits

18.03.2020

The terms of purchase and cancellation for permits issued by Metsähallitus will be applied in a modified flexible manner for the time being due to the coronavirus epidemic. This situation is considered a force majeure as specified in our terms and conditions, which means that permits can be cancelled before the permit period begins.

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.

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