Purchasing a permit
The price of one trap permit is 8 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.
Since 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 3 PM.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year
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.
What does the permit entitle the holder to?
The trap permit contains the right to keep a boat on the forestry land of Metsähallitus (retkikartta.fi). 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 contact information on it. The owner is responsible for keeping their boat site clean.
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 Eetu Karhunen. His phone number is 040 611 7362 and email address email@example.com.
Water areas excluded from the permit and area restrictions
The trap permit entitles the holder to fish only in waters specified in the water area directory for the permit area and marked ‘Ilomantsi trap permit area’ on the Excursionmap.fi service. The permit does not entitle the holder to fish in, for example, waters within the frontier zone or the following water areas:
- Iso Kuikkalampi Pond, Pieni Kuikkalampi Pond, Savulampi Pond and Mustalampi Pond in Petkeljärvi National Park
- Waters in the Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve.
Metsähallitus does not recommend net fishing in ponds less than 10 hectares in size.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Fish species||Catch size||Protection period|
|Landlocked salmon with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Completely protected in the Vuoksi waterway|
|Landlocked salmon without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
|Trout with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Completely protected|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
|Pike-perch||At least 42 cm, in Lakes Ilajanjärvi and Hattujärvi at least 45 cm||No protection period|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Fishers 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 for this permit area.
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 or fish trap, 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.
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 (finlex.fi) in Finnish and Swedish.
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 and/or on the permit area map. The water area directory is included with the map as a PDF file.
Metsähallitus may revoke the permit if the permit terms are violated.
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.
In Lake Koitere, the Koitere fisheries area permit also entitles the holder to fish in Metsähallitus water areas.
Waters in the Ilomantsi trap permit area are stocked with whitefish and pike-perch. Waters with stocked fish are listed in the water area directory.