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. However, the angling permit does not grant the right to fish in private waters, Metsähallitus' other angling destinations (former recreational fishing destinations), 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 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.
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.
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 Western Lapland does not grant the right to fish in the following angling destinations: Livojärvi, Livojoki, Miekojärvi, Simojoki, Simojärvi, Meltausjoki, Raudanjoki, Vikaköngäs, Vikajoki, Kemijoki, Tornion-Muonionjoki-Könkämäeno, Äkäsjoki and Kesänkijärvi, Pyhäjärvi and Kapsajoki.
Furthermore, the angling permit does not grant the right to fish in the following water areas owned by Metsähallitus: Koutusjärvi, Pallasjärvi, Kuolpujoki, Iissijoki and its branches, rivers that run into Lake Simojärvi (Vohonjoki, Paasonjoki, Penämönjoki, Korvajoki), rivers that run into Lake Kitkajärvi (Suonnanjoki, Tolvanjoki, Riisijoki, Haltinjoki, Raistakkajoki, Kirintöjoki/Karijoki including all smaller streams), water area of Vaattunkiköngäs from the neck of Vaattunkiköngäs to Kurjenojansuu.
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.
The permit's catch quota for rapids and running waters is max. 3 salmonids / day (brown trout, salmon, rainbow trout, char, grayling).
Brown trout is protected in rivers and streams between 1.9.–30.11.
Grayling is protected between 1.4.–31.5. in all inland waters south of the 67°00 N latitude. Metsähallitus also recommends to avoid fishing for grayling during its spawning season in April-May to protect natural grayling stocks. 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.