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Gulf of Finland 6020

Gulf of Finland

Trap fishing
Calendar year
Fish trap, Longline, Fyke, Bait hook, Net, Lure fishing
Perch, Pike, Zander, Burbot, Whitefish, Trout

Purchasing a permit

The price of one trap permit is 10 euros.

Trap permits are specific to the fishing or boating party, and they are valid for a calendar year. One must carry the permit and proof of payment when fishing.

Starting in 2020, trap permit tags are no longer in use. After purchasing a permit, fishers must simply attach their name and phone number to fishing traps, i.e. fishing nets.


Permits may be paid for on the Eräluvat web shop using the most common payment methods.


With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase fishing permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card.  Read the instructions for using the app.


Metsähallitus' trap permits may be purchased by phone. The service is open on weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.



Kotka: Karhulan Ase ja Erä

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year

Trap permits do not permit the holder to engage in commercial fishing. Commercial fishing permits are issued separately. More information about commercial fishing permits is provided by specialist Olli Urpanen. His phone number is 040 720 5963 and email address

From 1 October to 15 May, fishing within 100 metres of the shoreline is prohibited with nets that have a mesh size of less than 80 mm. However, trap fishing is entirely prohibited from 1 October to 15 May in the Pitkäviiri and Kilpisaari water areas.

Regional restrictions

The fisher must check the protected areas, restricted areas, landing restrictions and other restrictions in the Gulf of Finland National Park Instructions and Rules, which can be found at For example, campfires and camping are only permitted at the sites specifically designated for these activities.

The Finnish Defence Forces has exercises in the surroundings of Rankki Island. Check possible restrictions on the website of the Finnish Defence Forces (

Trap restrictions

When net fishing, a maximum of 240 metres of net may be used by each fishing or boat party, unless the fishing or boat party is engaged in commercial fishing. This is mandated in section 49 of the Fishing Act.

At its annual general meeting, the Ekenäs-Snappertuna fishing area decided to set a smaller mesh size for nets (43 mm) in the archipelago area. Exceptions: Baltic herring and sprat nets, bleak and bait nets.

When net fishing for salmon in the sea, the mesh size must be at least 80 mm. This is mandated in section 12 of the Fishing Decree.

When net fishing for whitefish in the sea south of 62º30 N, the net mesh size must be at least 43 mm. Whitefish net fishing refers to any fishing where at least half the catch weight is whitefish. The mesh size of nets is mandated in section 12 of the Fishing Decree.

Fishing for brown trout with a surface net is prohibited in the sea.

The smallest allowable mesh size for the bottom net fishing of sea trout is 80 mm.

The smallest available mesh size for the fishing of migratory whitefish and grayling is 50 mm.

Catch sizes and protection periods

The following minimum catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:

Fish species Catch size Protection period
Salmon At least 60 cm No protection period in this permit area
Trout with adipose fin All sizes of fish must be released Protected throughout the year
Trout without adipose fin At least 50 cm No protection period in this permit area
Pike-perch At least 42 cm No protection period
Grayling All sizes of fish must be released Protected throughout the year

Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.

Catch quotas and catch reports

One recreational fisher may catch no more than two salmon within a 24-hour period. This is mandated in section 4 of the Fishing Decree.

Permitted traps

A trap permit entitles the holder to use one of the following traps:

  • one net, whose length is no more than 31 metres
  • one fyke net, whose length is less than 1.5 metres
  • 3 traps
  • one long line, with no more than 100 hooks
  • 10 baited lines
  • one gig (for gigging), harpoon or fishing bow.

In other words, one trap permit entitles the holder to use only one type of trap at a time. Consequently, one trap permit does not allow, for example, the holding of a net and a trap at the same time – one requires two trap permits for this purpose.

Marking traps

Standing traps must be marked in accordance with the Fishing Decree (1360/2015). The fisherman's name and telephone number must also be entered on traps.

Decree 1360/2015 can be found on the Finlex website ( in Finnish and Swedish.

This Finnish brochure contains photographs and information on marking traps (PDF, 515 kb).

General permit conditions

The permit will not be valid until it has been paid. One must carry the permit and proof of payment when fishing and show them to a supervisor authorised by Metsähallitus, if the supervisor so requests.

The permit holder is the person whose name appears on the permit. The holder is responsible for any fishing done under the permit. One is obligated to establish the legality of the fishing activity.

Trap permits are specific to the fishing or boating party, and they are valid for a calendar year.

The permit entitles the holder to fish in the Metsähallitus waters specified on the water area directory of the permit area. The water area directory is included with the site map as a PDF file.

Metsähallitus may revoke the permit if the permit terms are violated.

Metsähallitus recommends that fishers submit catch feedback at after each fishing session. The service is available in Finnish.

In addition to the Metsähallitus permit fee, persons aged 18-64 must also pay the state fisheries management fee, unless the fishing being done is angling or ice fishing.