Purchasing a permit
The price of one trap permit is 6 euros. A maximum of eight trap permits may be sold to one person, fishing or boating party.
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 4 PM.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. Check regional restrictions in the permit terms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fishing is prohibited
- in areas reserved for fyke net fishing
- in Södra Viken from 15 March to 15 June
- in Storsanden and Skvättan from 1 May to 31 August.
These areas are marked on the permit area map.
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.
Surface nets are prohibited in the permit area.
The mesh size for nets must be:
- at least 60 mm from 1 January to 15 May
- at least 40 mm from 16 May to 31 December.
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.
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.
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.