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
The Ounasjoki River trap permit area consists of Metsähallitus waters in Ounasjoki between Sinettä and the municipal border of Enontekiö. The waters in the area are located in the area of Rovaniemi and Kittilä, and their combined size is approximately 654 hectares. Check the borders of the permit area in the Excursionmap.fi service.
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 Markku Vierelä. His phone number is 040 667 4656 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ounasjoki is a migratory fish route, so fishing with nets is prohibited between 15 August and 30 November.
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.
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|
|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
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||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|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
There is no fishing quota limit for this trap 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.