Waters administered by Metsähallitus are divided into permit areas. Some of these areas are small river- and lake-specific angling destinations while others are larger waterways. You may fish in a certain permit area, provided that you have the angling permit for that area. In other words, the permit must be acquired separately for each permit area. You can check the allowed fishing methods and other area-specific rules and regulations from the permit terms of the desired area. You can read the permit terms for each permit area on their individual websites.
The use of more than one rod (e.g., in trolling) is possible certain permit areas, including the following: 2410 Western Lapland, 3410 Eastern Lapland, 5411 Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, 7412 Sea areas and 7413 Southern Finland. Each permit area website specifies how many rods may be used in that area.
Several angling permit areas are home to especially valuable native or stocked fish, such as trout, grayling, char or rainbow trout. The services in and around these special destinations are also often more comprehensive than those found in other fishing areas. These destinations might have free wilderness cabins, campfire sites, lean-to shelters, suspension bridges, trails, duckboards and piers for the anglers to enjoy and use. Some of the special destinations have been purposefully preserved as natural wilderness destinations.
The purchase of a permit is an investment in nature, as the proceeds are used for the management of Finland's fishing waters.
The permits available, their prices and points of sale vary from permit area to permit area. Each permit area website specifies what type of permit may be purchased for the area, its price and where it can be purchased.
Depending on the area, permits ranging from 3 hours to an entire season are sold for permit areas. The table below lists special permits available for some Metsähallitus permit areas.
|Under 18 years of age||Permits are usually half price|
|Under 15 years of age||May fish in a party with an adult under the adult's angling permit, with the same fishing quota or for free, in certain permit areas.|
|Family permit||Costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.|
|Group permit||Price: 10% off the normal price. Minimum no. of people: 10.|
Angling permit prices vary from permit area to permit area. Check prices on the website for each permit area.
Angling permits may be purchased on the online store, by calling the service number or by mobile phone:
You can buy permits directly from the online store and pay using the most common payment methods.
Metsähallitus' permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Mobile permits are available for most fishing destinations. Only individual angling permits may be purchased by mobile phone (mobile permit), not family or group permits. Each permit area website specifies whether mobile permits may be purchased for the area in question. The call must be made from a Finnish mobile subscription.
Permits for all fishing destinations may be purchased from the same service numbers. During the call, you enter the four digit code of the desired permit area. This may be found on the permit area's description page, for example. When ordering a week permit, you also enter the permit's desired starting date. The 3-hour and 1-day mobile permits enter into effect immediately.
Mobile permits may be purchased at any time of the day.
Permits amounting to no more than 200 euros may be purchased on a single mobile subscription during a one month period and no more than two times a day.
As of 31 December 2019, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator Telia’s decision not to provide the service anymore. Other sales channels are still available.
Angling permits may often be purchased from a local permit sales point. Sales points (if any) are specified in the permit area site description.
Prior to purchasing an angling permit, you should read the Metsähallitus terms of purchase and cancellation for permits.