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Fishing licence system in Finland

Fishing method under 18, over 65 years 18-64 years old
Angling with a hook and line
Ice-fishing
Herring fishing with a rig
free of charge
free of charge
Lure fishing with one rod
Free of charge
Fishing management fee
All other types of fishing e.g. nets, long-lines, cray fishing

Fishing with more than one rod


No fishing management fee BUT permission by water owner

Fishing management fee AND permission by water owner
Fishing at special fishing sites

No fishing management fee BUT permission by water owner

Fishing management fee AND permission by water owner

NOTE! All fishing is prohibited in rapids and running waters where there are migratory fish species. Fishing can also be prohibited by decrees given by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-Centres), check the website kalastusrajoitus.fi (to be opened in January 2016).

Special sites means areas where fishing is prohibited, but fishing can take place with special permits, i.e permits by water owner.

The fishing management fee in 2016

From 1.1.2016 fishers aged 18–64 years have to pay a fishing management fee, except for angling with a hook and line, ice-fishing, and herring fishing with a rig, which are free of charge.

The fishing management fee entitles you to lure fishing using one rod, reel and lure in the whole of Finland, except Åland islands or areas where fishing is prohibited.
For other fishing methods and for fishing with more than one rod 18-64 year old fishers need to pay the fishing management fee as well as have permission by the water owner.

The fishing management fee is 39 euros for 1 year, 12 euros for 7 days and 5 euros for 1 day.

How to pay the fishing management fee

The fishing management fee is sold by Metsähallitus (Finnish Park and Forest Services). The fee can be paid in three different ways.

1. Web shop Eräluvat www.eraluvat.fi
Log in to the web shop Eräluvat.fi, register and pay the fee. In the registration you will be asked your name, address and date of birth. You can print the receipt or save it on your mobile device. NB. The web shop is only in Finnish, the English version will be opened in spring 2016.

2. Service number 020 69 2424 (weekdays 8–16)
Call the service number, you will be asked to tell your name, address and date of birth. You will be sent a bill, which contains the data for paying. Save the receipt.

3. Service desk
You can register and pay the fishing management fee at Metsähallitus' Nature Centers as well as in R-kioski´s news stands. You will be given a receipt.

Please note

The receipt has to be kept with you at all times while fishing
If you are under 18 years old or over 65 and therefore released from paying, please keep an ID on you while fishing
The fishing management fee is valid in the whole of Finland, except Åland Islands where you always need the water owners permit.

   

page updated 5.1.2016

 

Fishing act

Kalastuslaki_ENG_nettikuva

PDF - Fishing act


Info & links

PDF - Fishing licence system in Finland

Purchase fishing permits online (page in Finnish)

Åland Official Tourist Gateway / Sportfishing in Åland Islands

Fishing in Finland

Fish species

Sustainable salmon fishing in Lake Saimaa