Hunting and Fishing
Metsähallitus is in charge of hunting and fishing rights and management of game lands and fishing waters in an area totalling nearly 9 million hectares of land areas and 4 million hectares of water areas, most of which are located in northern and eastern Finland.
Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies in Finland. Fishing is possible on most lakes, rivers, and sea areas. Perch and pike are some of the most common fish that are caught, and it is also possible to find zander, whitefish, and salmonids.
The most important permit for fishing is the Fisheries management fee. The fee is required of all between the ages of 18 and 64 who fish. Once you have paid the Fisheries management fee, you are allowed to fish with one rod on lakes, ponds, and sea areas. The Fisheries management fee is not required for hook and line fishing or ice fishing.
Before starting to fish, remember to make sure that the water area is not protected. The website Kalastusrajoitus.fi (www.kalastusrajoitus.fi) contains a map showing all the no-fishing zones and restricted areas. Unfortunately, this service is available only in Finnish and Swedish. The customer service of Wildlife Service Finland of Metsähallitus is happy to help in case you have any questions: +358 20 69 2424, open on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Angling with more than one rod and trap fishing always require a fishing permit for a specific water area in addition to the Fisheries management fee. This is also the case with special fishing destinations and running waters, such as rapids, with migratory fish stocks. These fishing permits are sold by the owner of the water area, such as Metsähallitus for state-owned waters.
Metsähallitus’ fishing destinations are a great option for those who want to try fishing in rivers, rapids or other special locations! The number of fishing permits that are sold, permit-specific catch quotas and catch sizes depend on how much fishing is sustainable for the fish populations.
Revenue from fishing permits in Finland is used to help maintain fish habitats. This means that the Fisheries management fee and the Metsähallitus’ fishing permits that you buy are investments into nature.
- Eräluvat.fi: Fisheries management fee, fishing permits for state-owned waters and Metsähallitus’ fishing destinations (www.eraluvat.fi)
Hunting is part of the traditional way of life in our northern nature. Finland was originally inhabited in pursuit of game and fish, and hunting continues to be an important form of recreation. The busiest hunting season starts on August 20.
In Finland, a hunter must pay the annual Game management fee (hunting licence). In addition, hunters must have a hunting permit for the area where they plan to hunt. This is granted by the owner of the land. For some game animals, such as elk, a hunting permit granted by the Finnish Wildlife Agency is required. Game animals may only be hunted in their assigned hunting seasons. Hunting is easiest in the company of a guide who knows the locations and permit requirements.
On state-owned land, permits are issued by Metsähallitus. Permits are available by calling the sales number +358 20 69 2424, which is open on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The fees paid by hunters for permits are used for the improvement of the habitats of game animals. In recent years the revenue has been used for purposes including the improvement of thousands of hectares of wetlands for willow grouse, black grouse, and bean goose.
- Eräluvat.fi: Metsähallitus’ hunting areas and hunting permits for state-owned land (www.eraluvat.fi)
- Hunting in Finland – The Finnish Wildlife Agency’s guide for foreigners (riista.fi, pdf, 677 Kb)