Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple herring rig are general fishing rights and do not require a fishing permit as defined in the Fishing Act. General fishing rights only entitle the angler to use one rod at a time in any of the aforementioned fishing methods. Fishing simultaneously with more than one rod always requires payment of the fisheries management fee (applies to anglers 18–64 years of age) and permission from the owner of the water area. 


Both hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in the rapids and shoots of waterways with migratory fish stocks and in certain other water areas where fishing has been prohibited on other grounds. 

ELY Centres may also prohibit hook and line fishing and ice fishing in certain special areas. In several rod fishing destinations controlled by Metsähallitus, ice fishing and hook and line fishing also require a permit. Further information may be found at www.kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish and Swedish).