With Metsähallitus' angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu you can fish using a fly or a lure in the state-owned waters in Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu. The permit area contains approximately 80 000 hectares of lake and pond waters and over 600 kilometres of river and stream waters. However, the angling permit does not grant the right to fish in private waters (e.g., waters owned by joint ownership associations), Metsähallitus' other angling destinations (former recreational fishing destinations), public water areas of lakes, joint permit areas, rental waters with full fishing rights or in specialty waters.
One of the benefits of Metsähallitus' angling permit is that it covers the entire family and it allows you to troll using multiple rods (up to 8 rods). The angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu grants anglers the right to fish even in the state-owned waters containing rapids and running sections with migratory fish stocks that are not included in the national fisheries management fee.
Please note that fishing (including hook and line fishing, ice fishing and lure fishing) in the following destinations always requires the angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu:
Angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu (family permit)
In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians. Married couples and couples in a civil union may also purchase family permits.
Angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu (personal, under 18 y/o)
You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.
Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
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.
Call the number for the permit you want:
|Day||+358 600 55 1640||€10.01 + standard mobile rate|
|Week||+358 600 55 1641||
€15.02 + standard mobile rate
You can order your fishing permit by phone from the automated number. Simply dial the number for the permit you want and enter the four digit number of the desired fishing destination. The call must be made from a Finnish mobile subscription. Further instructions >
The call is charged on your mobile phone invoice.
Read the permit terms of Metsähallitus.
Please note that mobile permit purchases are limited to 200 euros a month and to 2 purchases per day per mobile phone plan.
The angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu does not grant the right to fish in the following fishing destinations: Oulankajoki, Livojoki, Kylmäluoma; Iso-Pajuluoma and Katkeimanlampi. Middle section of the Iijoki River (Jurmu-Ervasti), Hossanjoki, Hossa; water areas of the National Park. Keihäslampi and Huosilampi. Ylivuokki; Taivallampi, water route from the border – Saapaskoski, Kevättijärvi, Syväjärvi, Manamansalo, Korvua-Näljänkäjoki, Kalliojoki and Maasydänjärvi-Ahvenlampi.
The angling permit contains the right to keep a boat on forestry land. The boat must have its owner's name on it and the owner is responsible for keeping their boat site clean.
Remember to find out about any special rules national parks might have on such issues as moving around, coming ashore and making fires! This information can be found at www.luontoon.fi, for example.
The permit's catch quota for rapids and running waters is max. 3 salmonids / day (brown trout, salmon, freshwater trout, rainbow trout, char, grayling). The possible catch quotas for still waters are noted in the Area restrictions section.
Grayling is protected between 1.4.–31.5. in all inland waters south of the 67°00 N latitude.
Natural freshwater trout with adipose fin is completely protected in the Gulf of Finland and all inland waters south of the 64 00 N latitude as well as in the streams and rivers of the permit area between 1.9.–30.11. This protection does not apply to trout living in streams or ponds with no migratory connection from the sea or a lake.
Planted brown trout without adipose fin is protected in rivers and streams between 1.9.–30.11.
Salmon is protected in rivers and streams between 1.9.–30.11.
Whitefish is protected between 1.9.–30.11. in rivers and streams that run into the sea.
In recreational fishing anglers may catch 2 salmon/day/person.
Note! The local ELY Centres have the power to decide to lower or raise the minimum catch sizes, so always remember to check them prior to fishing.