Southern Finland 7413
With Metsähallitus' angling permit for Southern Finland you can fish using a fly or a lure in the state-owned waters in Southern Finland. The permit area contains approximately 100 000 hectares of lake and pond waters and under one thousand kilometres of river and stream waters. The angling permit for Southern Finland grants anglers the right to fish even in the state-owned rapids and running sections with migratory fish stocks that are not included in the national fisheries management fee.
One of the benefits of Metsähallitus' angling permit is that it covers the entire family and it allows you to troll using eight rods.
Every purchase of a permit is an investment in nature. The funds received from the sale of angling permits is used for managing our fishing waters.
Purchasing a permit
Angling permit for adults
When purchasing an angling permit for an adult, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|24 hours (starting from 1 January 2024)||15 €|
|7 days||15 €|
|7 days (starting from 1 January 2024)||20 €|
|The entire season (calendar year)||25 €|
|The entire season (calendar year, starting from 1 January 2024)||30 €|
An adult permit allows the entire family to fish with one permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
Angling permit for people aged under 18
An angling permit for a person under 18 years of age is valid for the entire calendar year and the price is 10 euros (starting from 1 January 2024 12 euros). The permit is personal, which means that only the permit holder is entitled to fish.
Where to purchase A permit
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year
Exceptions to the fishing period
Fishing is prohibited in Naarajoki between Naarakoski and Saarikoski from 1. September to 30. November. The upper limit of the prohibited area is 150 meters upstream from the neck of Naarakoski and lower limit 150 meters downstream from Saarikoski rapids. Please check the area from Excursionmap.fi.
When do you need an angling permit
The need for an angling permit depends on what kind of water area is being fished and how many rods and lures are being used.
You do not need an angling permit if you are only fishing with one (1) rod or lure in lakes or other non-flowing waters. In this case, you will only need to pay the fisheries management fee. Persons under 18 and over 65 years of age do not need to pay the fisheries management fee. If you are fishing in running water where there are migratory fish routes or with more than one (1) rod, you will need to pay the fisheries management fee and purchase an angling permit.
You need an angling permit too if you fishing in Valkiainen, which is located near Lestijärvi.
In non-flowing waters, anglers are permitted to fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing) and through a hole in the ice in the winter (ice fishing) without paying the fisheries management fee and purchasing an angling permit. However, hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters where there are migratory fish routes, regardless of whether the person has an angling permit or not.
Kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish) can be used to check areas where fishing is restricted.
Water areas that are included in this angling permit
The angling permit for Southern Finland grants the right to fish only in waters administered by Metsähallitus that are located in Southern, Western or Eastern Finland.
Metsähallitus' angling permit for Southern Finland covers also following private waters in Lieksa (agreement with Pielinen-Karelia fisheries area):
- The entire water area from the border zone to Alaniemi log floating canal
- The entire water area from the cape Höpöttäjä to Pankajärvi and Lieksanjoki
- The entire water area from Siikajärvi to the north end of Pankajärvi (i.a. Naarakoski, Käpykoski and Saarikoski areas)
The water areas covered by the angling permit for Southern Finland can be seen on Excursionmap.fi.
Water areas and regional restrictions that are not included in this angling permit
The angling permit for Southern Finland does not grant the right to fish
- In private waters, e.g. owned by fisheries' associations
- In border zone
- Joint permit areas
- Rental waters with full fishing rights or
- In specialty waters
The following water areas has their own angling permit. So the angling permit for Southern Finland 7413 does not grant the right to fish in those.
- Niemisjärvet, Kalliojärvi and Vähä-Koukkujärvi (permit area 6502)
- Matildanjärvi (permit area 6515)
- Teerilampi (permit area 6545)
- Kituskoski, Vehmaskoski and Koskelankoski (permit area 6550)
- Koirajärvi (permit area 6566)
- Kaunislampi, Ahvenlampi and Heikinlampi (permit area 6567)
- Kymönkoski, Kellankoski and Kärnänkoski (permit area 6576)
- Keihärinkoski (permit area 6586)
- Iso-Valkeinen and Urtti-Valkeinen (permit area 7510)
- Saarijärvi at Änäkäinen (permit area 7521)
- Ruunaa (permit area 7525)
- Mikkelin Valkeajärvi (permit area 7552)
- Karvionkoski (permit area 7561)
- Viannankoski (permit area 7571)
- Langinkoski (permit area 7581)
- Konnuskoski (permit area 7591).
Furthermore, the angling permit for Southern Finland does not grant the right to fish in the following water areas administrated by Metsähallitus:
- Syväjärvi (Evo Hiking Area, Lammi)
- The waters in Sotinpuro shooting area except Saahkari
- Ylimmäinen Apulainen (Rautavaara)
- Miikkulanlampi (Ruunaa, Lieksa)
- Iso-Hietajärvi (Patvinsuo National Park, Lieksa)
- The waters in Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve (Ilomantsi)
- Iso and Pieni Kuikkalampi, Savulampi and Mustalampi (Petkeljärvi National Park, Ilomantsi)
- Linnasaarenlampi (Linnansaari National Park, Rantasalmi)
- Vaajalampi, Valkealampi, Tervalampi and Kampukkalampi (Kolovesi National Park, Enonkoski)
- The water areas in Salamajärvi, Seitseminen, Pyhä-Häkki and Helvetinjärvi National Parks.
The angler is responsible for finding out about possible separate fishing restrictions and minimum catch size regulations set by the ELY Centre and fishery areas. You can check the areas where fishing is restricted on the Kalastusrajoitus.fi service (in Finnish).
Lures and flies are permitted.
One angling permit allows the holder to use up to eight (8) rods or lines at a time.
The angling permit allows an angler to use the so-called Ismete fishing technique, which means dead bait fishing through the ice with several rods. However, the use of the Ismete method is prohibited in rapids and running waters with migratory fish routes as well as in non-flowing waters.
The angling permit for Southern Finland grants anglers the right to keep a boat in a waterfront zone within the permit area and Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd’s multiple-use forest. If there is a valid plan for the area guiding the storage of boats in a certain location, the boats must be stored in the designated locations. The boat must have its owner’s name, and the owner is responsible to keep the berth clean.
Fishing in a national park
The fisher must check the special regulations of national parks such as protected areas, restricted areas, landing restrictions and other restrictions. Information on the regulations of national parks can be found Nationalparks.fi.
In rapids and running waters, an angler can catch a maximum of three (3) salmonids during a 24-hour period, two (2) of which may be salmon. In this case, salmonid means trout, salmon, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, char and grayling. (For example: you can catch two rainbow trout and one grayling but not two rainbow trout and two grayling.)
In all water areas, a recreational angler can catch a maximum of two (2) salmon in a 24-hour period.
In the Vuoksi waterway, one recreational angler may only catch one landlocked salmon without an adipose fin within a 24-hour period.
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following minimum catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Species||Catch size||Protection period|
|Trout with adipose fin||Fish of all sizes must be released||Protected throughout the year|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm (Päijänne Askonniemi 60 cm)||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Landlocked salmon without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||In rivers and streams 1.8.–30.11. and in Lakes Pielinen, Pyhäselkä, Orivesi, Pyyvesi, Enonvesi, Haukivesi, Pihlajavesi and Saimaa 1.6.–31.8.|
|Landlocked salmon with adipose fin||At least 60 cm||In rivers and streams 1.8.–30.11. and in the Rivers Vuoksi and Hiitolanjoki throughout the year|
|Salmon||At least 60 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Char||In the Vuoksi waterway at least 60 cm||In Kuolimo and Saimaa between Puumalansalmi and Vuoksenniska throughout the year, elsewhere in the Vuoksi waterway 1.9.–30.11.|
|Pike-perch||At least 42 cm, in some waters* at least 45 cm||No protection period|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
|Whitefish||No catch size||In rivers and streams that drain into the sea 1.9.–30.11.|
*The minimum catch size for pike-perch is 45 cm in the following areas: waters of Saarijärvi fishing area, Haukivesi, Kermajärvi, municipalities of Nurmes, Valtimo and Lieksa, in Ilomantsi municipality the waters of Petkeljärvi national park and Hattujärvi and Ilajanjärvi.
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.