Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu 5411

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:

  • Valkiainen (Lestijärvi)
  • Laahtanen (Ristijärvi). Laahtanen is no longer stocked with catch-sized rainbow trout.

Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year.
Lure fishing, Trolling, Fly fishing
Trout, Grayling, Zander, Pike, Perch, Cyprinids

Buying a license

Prices:

Angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu (family permit)

  • €10 / day
  • €15 / week
  • €25 / calendar year

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)

  • €10 / calendar year
 

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:

Permit type Number Price
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.

 

 



 

Licence terms

Regional licensing terms

Calendar year.
  •   You can find the most essential water areas included in the angling permit for Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu at the Retkikartta.fi map service.
  • 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, public water areas of lakes, joint permit areas, rental waters with full fishing rights or in specialty waters. The fisher is responsible for finding out about the possible separate fishing restrictions and minimum catch size regulations in effect at the different fishing destinations. For more information on the destination-specific restrictions related to the angling permit, see the "Area restrictions" tab in the destination description.
  • The permit only becomes valid when it is paid for. The fisher must keep the permit and the receipt of its payment on their person while fishing and these documents must be presented to a supervisor authorised by Metsähallitus on request.
  • The permit holder (= person whose name is written on the permit) is responsible for the fishing activities that take place using the permit. The fisher is responsible for ensuring that their fishing activities are permitted and legal.
  • The permit may be cancelled if its terms are breached.
  • In addition to purchasing the angling permit from Metsähallitus, fishers aged 18–64 must also pay the state's fisheries management fee if the fishing consists of more than hook and line fishing or ice fishing.
  • Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi.
  • The angling permit is family-specific. 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.

 

Allowed lures

  • Lure and fly.
  • The number of rods/lines is limited to 8 / permit.

 

Area restrictions

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.

Other restrictions

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.

Catch quotas

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.

Catch sizes

  • Grayling: 35 cm
  • Natural brown trout with adipose fin: 60 cm in inland waters between the latitudes 64 00 N and 67 00 ́N.
  • Planted brown trout without adipose fin: 50 cm
  • Trout living in a stream or pond with no migratory connection from the sea or a lake: 45 cm.
  • Freshwater trout: 60 cm
  • Salmon 60 cm
  • Pike-perch 42 cm

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.