You can obtain fishing permits for fishing on state-owned waters from Metsähallitus. Fishing permits are classified according to the fishing method: An angling permit allows lure fishing, fly fishing, ice angling or angling, depending on the terms of the permit area. A trap permit allows fishing with nets or traps. A crayfishing permit is also available for crayfishing.
Metsähallitus fishing destinations are usually running and rapids sections of waters with migratory fish stocks or protected areas, where fishing requires both a fisheries management fee and an angling permit. When fishing with multiple rods, traps and crayfishing on state-owned waters, you will always require both the fisheries management fee and a separate fishing permit from Metsähallitus.
Metsähallitus also issues and sells fishing permits for residents of the municipalities in Northern Lapland.
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.
In 2019, Finns purchased fishing management fees more actively than in the previous year. By the end of the year, more than 254,000 fisheries management fees were purchased, of which more than 180,000 were annual permits. Such proceeds from fishing licences will maintain fishing opportunities and the aquatic environment.
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.