Western Lapland 2410
With Metsähallitus' angling permit for Western Lapland you can fish using a fly or a lure in the state-owned waters in Western Lapland. The permit area contains approximately 32 400 hectares of lake and pond waters and under 2 000 kilometres of river and stream waters. The angling permit for Western Lapland 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.
One of the benefits of Metsähallitus' angling permit is that it covers the entire family and it allows you to troll using up to eight (8) 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 a calendar year. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||15 €|
|Calendar year||25 €|
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/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. The permit is personal, so 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.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
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.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year.
When do you need an angling permit?
The need for an angling permit depends on the type of waters and the number of rods and lures being used.
An angling permit is not required if you fish with a one rod or lure in lakes or other still water areas. In this case, you only have to pay the fisheries management fee. Anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 does not have to pay the fisheries management fee. In addition to the fisheries management fee, you need an angling permit if you fish in running waters or when you use more than one rod.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing with a single rod is permitted in still waters without paying the fisheries management fee and angling permit. However, hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters regardless of whether the person has an angling permit or not.
You can check the areas where fishing is restricted on the Kalastusrajoitus.fi service (in Finnish).
Water areas and regional restrictions that are included in this angling permit
Western Lapland angling permit only grants the right to fish in water areas managed by Metsähallitus that are located in Western Lapland. The largest water areas covered by this angling permit are visible in the Excursionmap.fi service.
Western Lapland angling permit does not grant the right to fish in
- private waters,
- joint permit areas,
- rental waters with full fishing rights,
- specialty waters.
The following waters located in Western Lapland have their own angling permits, so the Western Lapland 2410 angling permit does not grant the right to fish in them:
- Livojärvi Lake (permit area 2595)
- Livojoki River (permit area 2599)
- Miekojärvi Lake (permit area 2520)
- Simojoki River (permit areas 2580 and 2581)
- Simojärvi Lake (permit area 2587)
- Meltausjoki River (permit area 2561)
- Raudanjoki River (permit area 2563)
- Vikaköngäs (permit area 2565)
- Vikajoki River (permit area 2567)
- Kemijoki River (permit area 2568)
- Tornionjoki, Muonionjoki and Könkämäeno Rivers (permit area 2502)
- Äkäsjoki River (permit area 2570)
- Kesänkijärvi Lake (permit area 2571)
- Pyhäjärvi Lake (permit area 2525)
- Kapsajoki River (permit area 2535).
Western Lapland angling permit does not grant the right to fish in the following water areas of Metsähallitus either:
- Iissijoki and its branches
- rivers that run into Lake Kitkajärvi (Suonnanjoki, Tolvanjoki, Riisijoki, Haltinjoki, Raistakkajoki, Kirintöjoki and Karijoki including all smaller streams)
- water area of Vaattunkiköngäs from the neck of Vaattunkiköngäs to Kurjenojansuu.
The angler is responsible for finding out about possible separate fishing restrictions and catch size regulations set by the ELY Centre and fishery areas. The Kalastusrajoitus.fi service (in Finnish) indicates the areas where fishing is restricted.
Lures and flies are permitted.
One angling permit grants the right to use eight (8) rods or lines at the same time.
The angling permit allows an angler to use the so-called Ismete fishing method, which means dead bait fishing with on the ice with several rods. However, this method is prohibited in rapids and running waters and in pools.
Holders of Western Lapland angling permit are allowed to keep a boat on the shores of a water body which is included in the permit area and located in a multiple-use forest managed by Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd. 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 owner’s name must be marked on the boat, and the owner is responsible for keeping the moorings clean.
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. (For example: you can catch two whitefish and one grayling but not two whitefish and two grayling.)
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||At least 50 cm in waters north of the 67°00 N circle of latitude, at least 60 cm in waters south of the 67°00 N circle of latitude||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Trout living in streams or ponds with no migratory connection from the sea or a lake.||Maximum of 45 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11.|
|Pike-perch||At least 42 cm||No protection period|
|Grayling||At least 30 cm in waters north of the 67°00 N circle of latitude, at least 35 cm in waters south of the 67°00 N circle of latitude||1.4.–31.5. south of the 67°00 N circle of latitude|
Metsähallitus recommends to avoid fishing for grayling in April and May also north of the 67°00 N circle of latitude. This recommendation applies especially to the calm spots between the rapids of smaller river sections where the local grayling stock is most vulnerable to spring fishing.
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.