Note! We urge you to maintain a safe distance from other fishers (at least 3 m at Vanhankaupunginkoski and the backwater) and otherwise follow the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Welfare and other authorities. Fishing must not endanger others.
Fishing in Helsinki’s water areas
Helsinki and its surroundings form the most densely populated area in the country. Due to the large population, fishing pressure in the area is also very different from that in other parts of Finland, yet the fishing opportunities are very good thanks to the close vicinity of the sea – there is no need to go beyond the sea for fishing. The City of Helsinki has more than 15,000 hectares of fishing waters on the coast. Furthermore, the City owns sea areas in other coastal municipalities, namely Sipoo, Espoo, Kirkkonummi, Ingå and Hanko. The City also owns a total of 2,500 hectares of shares in several shareholder bases.
Aside from angling, herring fishing with a rig and ice fishing (people under the age of 18 and people over the age of 65 have a free lure fishing right), all other forms of fishing (including reel fishing) require paying a fishing management fee. Additionally, the use of several rods and fishing in special permit areas require the water area owner’s permission. Fishing permits are personal. You can pay the fishing management fee (people 18–64 years of age fishing with lures or fixed fish traps) via www.eraluvat.fi/en or at R-kioski (EUR
6 a day,
12 a week and
45 a year).
When trolling with a permit granted by the City, there are no restrictions concerning the number of rods used, except from 15 May to 30 June in Vanhankaupunginlahti, Vartiokylänlahti and Laajalahti, where the limit is one rod per person. The fishing management fee only gives you the right to fish with one rod. With the City’s lure fishing permit (EUR
13 a year for Helsinki residents,
40 a year for non-residents), you can fish from the shore with three rods (including the one rod permitted by the fishing management fee). When trolling, there are no restrictions on the number of rods used, except for the period from 15 May to 30 June on spawning ponds, where the limit is one rod.
Note! The Vanhankaupunginkoski backwater features a special permit area requiring a separately sold backwater and tourist fishing permit (based on the Uusimaa TE Office’s decision D.No 288/ 5710/2020).
Minimum fish measurements
In the Helsinki-Espoo fishery area, the minimum measurements for fish are 42 cm for pike perch, 50 cm for trout with the adipose fin removed (60 cm on Vanhankaupunginkoski and the backwater) and 60 cm for salmon. The minimum measurements are subject to change.
Net mesh sizes
Fishing nets with a mesh size smaller than 100 mm (distance between knots 50 mm) are prohibited, except when fishing for smelt, Baltic herring, sprat, vendace or bait fish. The smallest allowed mesh size for salmon and trout nets used in surface and intermediate waters is 157 mm (distance between knots 80 mm). Please note the updated net labelling methods!