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Special regulations concerning Helsinki’s water areas

Special regulations concerning fishing in the water areas of the City of Helsinki in 2020

  1. Angling, ice fishing, and herring fishing with a rig are general fishing rights, for which no permit is needed when adhering to the regulations of the Fishing Act (not applicable to the Vanhankaupunginkoski backwater).
  2. When fishing using a Helsinki lure fishing permit, a Helsinki-Espoo lure fishing permit, or a tourist fishing permit, the number of rods you may use is not limited. When angling from a beach, the maximum allowed number of rods is three.
    Exception: From 15 May to 30 June, lure fishing is allowed in Vanhankaupunginlahti, Vartiokylänlahti, and Laajalahti using 1 rod; this also applies to fishing from a beach.
  3. Gigging is allowed from 1 July to 31 December with a gigging permit in City-owned sea areas.
  4. Fixed fish traps
    A maximum of 4 fishing net permits, 1 permit for long line with one hundred hooks, 10 hook permits and 2 fish trap (katiska) permits can be granted per person. The permits are personal and cannot be transferred to others. The traps must be marked with labels in accordance with the valid regulations (Section 48 of the Fishing Act, Sections 7 and 9 of the fishing decree (Valtioneuvoston asetus kalastuksesta, 1360/2015)). The trap label, complete with contact information, must be attached to the trap’s marking flag or to the edge of the fishing net.
  5. Fishing using a net
    The smallest allowed mesh size is 100 mm (distance between knots is 50 mm). This regulation does not apply to Baltic herring, sprat, or smelt nets. The smallest allowed mesh size for salmon nets used in surface and intermediate waters is 157 mm (distance between knots is 80 mm). One fishing net permit gives the right to use a net with a maximum length of 30 metres. The fishing nets can be lowered into a line with a maximum of 4 nets used.
  6. Vantaa River
    The Helsinki-Espoo lure fishing permit and tourist fishing permits give the right to fish in the fishing permit areas of Helsinki and Espoo, as well as in the Vantaa River. Angling and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and currents.
    'Rokastus', i.e. catching fish by gripping them with a hook externally, is prohibited. A quota of 2 salmonid fish per day is applicable to the river. Trout and salmon with adipose fins must be released. Trout, salmon and whitefish are protected in the creek and the river section flowing into the sea from 1 September to 30 November. Wading is prohibited from 1 September to 31 May. It is recommended that any trout with their adipose fins removed caught between 1 December and 30 April be released. The law states that trout with adipose fins must be released.
    Vanhankaupunginkoski is a separate special permit area. A separate permit is also needed for fishing in the Vanhankaupunginkoski backwater.
  7. Undersized fish: pike perch under 42 cm, grayling under 35 cm, and salmon under 60 cm. The minimum size for trout without adipose fins is 50 cm. Trout with adipose fins are entirely protected in both river and sea areas. The minimum size for trout without adipose fins is 60 cm when fished from the Vanhankaupunginkoski backwater or rapids.
  8. Fishing that may disturb water transport in sea lanes and anchoring spots is prohibited.
  9. Fishing restriction areas are marked in the City’s fishing waters map: The fishing zone of Vantaanjoki, the area between Sörnäisten rantatie, Hanasaari, Merihaka, Sompasaari and Tervasaari, and the Siltasaari strait and Töölönlahti: Fishing with fixed fish traps such as fyke, katiska, fish nets, and hooks is prohibited all year round.
    Vanhankaupunginlahti, Hopeasalmi, Kaisaniemenlahti, Eläintarhanlahti, Sompasaarensalmi, and Pohjoissatama Harbour: Fishing with fixed fish traps is prohibited from 1 April to 1 January until noon.
    Kruunuvuorenselkä (including Kaitalahti and Haakoninlahti, bordering Uunisaarensalmi and Uuninsuu to the west, Särkänsalmi and Kustaanmiekka to the south and Koirasaari-Vasikkasaari to the east) and Tullisaarenselkä: Fishing with fixed fish traps is prohibited from 1 May to 30 September until noon.
    Vartiokylänlahti: Fishing with fixed fish traps is prohibited from 1 April to 1 January until noon. On the north
    side of the Vuosaari bridge, fishing with fixed fish traps is prohibited all year round.
    Laajalahti: Fishing with fixed fish traps is prohibited from 1 April to 1 January until noon.
  10. The water areas of Kaunissaari, Skogsholmen, Granö and Eestiluoto in Sipoo; Laajalahti in Espoo; Lähteelä in Kirkkonummi; Elisaari in Inkoo; Bengtsår in Hanko and Vantaanjoki: Only angling, ice fishing and lure fishing are allowed. The same lure fishing permits apply to these areas as any other water areas.


25.11.2020 11:50