Paying the fisheries management fee grants the right to fish with one rod in all of the water areas that were previously included in the now obsolete provincial fee system. Fishing in state-owned running waters and special fishing destinations requires the Metsähallitus angling permit. Trap fishing, fishing with more than one rod or crayfishing in state-owned waters also requires a separate permit issued by Metsähallitus.
The purchase of a permit is always 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.
General fishing rights are rights comparable to everyman's fishing rights, but unlike everyman's rights, the general fishing rights may or may not be subject to a fee. Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple herring rig are free general fishing rights that do not require a permit or the payment of a fee. The right to recreational fishing within the Finnish economic region and in the Finnish public water areas in the Baltic Sea is a general fishing right that requires the payment of the national fisheries management fee if the angler is 18–64 years old.
Metsähallitus is responsible for collecting the fisheries management fee. The proceeds from these fees are governed by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in accordance with Finnish law.
|Fisheries management fee||Anglers 18–64 years of age||
Lure fishing with one rod in water areas without fishing restrictions.
Recreational fishing in the Finnish economic region and in the Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea.
Fisheries management fee +
Permit from the owner of the water area
|Anglers 18–64 years of age||
|Permit from the owner of the water area||Persons under 18 and over 65 years old||
The running and rapids sections of waters with migratory fish stocks.
Ice fishing with more than one rod.
|No fees or permits required||
Ice fishing (with one rod) in water areas without fishing restrictions.
Persons under 18 and over 65 years old: Lure fishing with one rod in water areas without fishing restrictions. Recreational fishing in the Finnish economic region and in the Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea.
Fishing permits for the upcoming summer for Inari and Enontekiö become available on May 3, and for Utsjoki on May 9. Some minor changes have been made to some of the fishing destinations.
Off-road permits for state-owned lands can now be applied for easily at the Eräluvat.fi web store, except in the case of Lapland's three northernmost municipalities. The new permit application procedure applies to traffic both on off-road tracks and off tracks.
Two new self-guided touring routes have been published by Visit Finland and Metsähallitus. "A Fishing Tour of Blue Finland" and "Land of a Thousand Lakes for Fishers" are perfect for those hoping to combine fishing and sight-seeing.
Large carnivore populations are increasing in numbers and spreading to new areas in Europe, thanks to the conservation measures that have been taken. This has aroused considerable interest in large carnivores but also given rise to some concern and public debate.
The Metsähallitus map service Excursionmap.fi will soon be usable on mobile touchscreen devices, including the most common smartphones and tablets. In the form of the Excursionmap.fi service, the mobile version will be available in Finnish (m.retkikartta.fi), Swedish (m.utflyktskarta.fi) and English (m.excursionmap.fi.).