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In addition to fisheries management fee, you can obtain fishing permits for fishing on state-owned waters from Metsähallitus. Fishing permits provided by Metsähallitus are classified according to the fishing method:

  • Angling permit allows lure fishing, fly fishing, ice angling or angling, depending on the terms of the permit area. For example, angling permit is needed if you fish with a spinning rod.
  • Trap permit allows fishing with nets or traps.
  • Crayfishing permit is also available for crayfishing.

Metsähallitus also issues and sells fishing permits for residents of the municipalities in Northern Lapland.

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.

You must pay the fisheries management fee if you are aged between 18 and 69. Fishers who have reached the age of 65 or more by 31 December 2023 are an exception: they do not have to pay the fee.

However, there are no similar age limits for fishing permits. Instead, pensioners and minors must also obtain a region-specific permit if such a permit is required in the region. As a rule, people under the age of 18 are offered a cheaper permit, and a person under the age of 15 can often fish with an adult with the same permit. The permits and their prices are indicated on each permit area’s page. You can access the angling permit, trap permit and crayfishing permit areas via the links on this page.

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.