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 115 000 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:
This permits allows the entire family to fish with one permit. In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
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 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.
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, landlocked salmon, 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.
Trout with adipose fin (natural trout) 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.
Trout without adipose fin (planted trout) 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.