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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. 

 

Responsible fishing

We want to encourage all fishers to consider the well-being of the fish. Each and every fisher is obligated to ensure the proper and respectful treatment of the fish they catch, regardless of whether they intend to release them or keep them for food.

Get to know the guidelines for responsible fishing.

Fishing information

Metsähallitus, ELY Centres, advisor organisations and interest groups advise you on fishing-related matters.

You will find their contact information on the page Fishing information.