Fishing Permit Terms and Conditions by Area

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In the permit terms and conditions each water area is given a number that can be found on the map. Below that is a list of the permitted fishing methods and any restrictions related to them. If a fishing method is not mentioned in the area, it is prohibited.

The city of Oulu reserves the right to make changes to the fishing permit terms and conditions in the middle of the fishing season if necessary.

Instructions for permit terms and conditions in numbered areas (1a-6b)

  • 1a Sea, 1b Fish passage in sea area, 1c Sea area in river delta, 1d Fish passage in river delta, 2a Hartaanselkä, 2b Hupisaari water area, 2c Hartaanselkä special fishing area (fishing salmon from a boat and the shore) , 3a Oulujoki, 4a Sanginjoki
  • 5a Sanginjoki special fishing area for "ootto" fishing, 5b Sanginjoki special fishing area
  • 6a (Valkiaisjärvi, Kinnulanjärvi, Ahmasjärvi and Lämsänjärvi lakes), 6b (Kuivasjärvi, Pyykösjärvi, Niilesjärvi, Kaitajärvi and Syväjärvi lakes)

An electronic permit can be bought on www.kalapassi.fi
You can also buy a printed permit at Oulu10, Torikatu 10. Fishing permits are also sold at Haukipudas service point (Jokelantie 1) and Oulunsalo service point (Karhuojantie 2). 
You can check the opening hours of Oulu10 service point on our website (in Finnish).

Urban and Enviromental Services decides yearly on scoop net permits. Scoop net permits are bought directly from the service point.

Using lead casting weights is prohibited in all water areas of the city of Oulu.

Winter bait fishing, "ismete" fishing, is allowed with the city's angling permit.

Fishing is prohibited from public road bridges and light traffic bridges.
 

Important to note

In Finland, you are required to pay the fisheries management fee if you are between the ages of 18 and 69 and will be fishing with lures or traps or crayfishing. By paying the fisheries management fee, you are permitted to fish in almost anywhere in the country using one rod and lure, however, sometimes the permission of the owner of the water area is also required. Therefore, in some cases you need to pay both the fisheries management fee and the city's fishing permit.

Fisheries management fee can be bought on www.eraluvat.fi.

Fishing permit terms and conditions by area

1a Sea

1b Fish passage in sea area

1c Sea area in river delta

1d Fish passage in river delta

2a Hartaanselkä

2b Hupisaari water area

2c Hartaanselkä special fishing area (fishing salmon from a boat and the shore)

3a Oulujoki (from Rautasilta to the border of Muhos)

4a Sanginjoki (excluding Sanginjoki special fishing areas 5a and 5b)

5a Sanginjoki special fishing area

5b Sanginjoki special fishing area

6a Lakes (Valkiaisjärvi, Kinnulanjärvi, Ahmasjärvi, Lämsänjärvi)

6b Lakes (Kuivasjärvi, Pyykösjärvi, Niilesjärvi, Syväjärvi ja Kaitajärvi)

FAQ Frequently asked questions

 

The city of Oulu has several fishing areas. Do I need separate permits for all of them?

You do not need separate permits. The same permit applies to all areas where the permit is required.

Why can't I find information about fishing permits for the entire sea area or for all inland waters in the Oulu region?

This website only contains information about the fishing permit terms for the water areas managed by the city of Oulu. On this page, you can find the fishing permit terms of the city of Oulu by area.

In which areas can you fish with a youth permit?

In all areas within the conditions of other permit terms.

Where can I fish with one rod and one lure by paying just the fisheries management fee?

You do not need a fishing permit from the city of Oulu when fishing with one rod and lure in the following areas:

1a Sea, 1b Fish passage in the sea area, 1c Sea area in river delta, 3a The Oulujoki river, 4a Sanginjoki (excluding Sanginjoki special fishing area 4b), 6a Lakes (Valkiaisjärvi, Kinnulanjärvi, Ahmasjärvi, Lämsänjärvi) ja 6b Lakes (Kuivasjärvi, Pyykösjärvi, Niilesjärvi, Syväjärvi and Kaitajärvi). If you want to use more than one rod, you need a fishing permit from the city of Oulu. Please check regional restrictions.

In which areas is it prohibited to fish by paying only the fisheries management fee?

All fishing is prohibited in the Hupisaari 2b area. You need a permit from the city of Oulu to fish in areas Hartaanselkä 2a and 2c, as well as Sanginjoki 5a and 5b. In other areas, you need the city's permit if you want to fish with passive gear or use more than one rod. Please check the city of Oulu's region-specific restrictions. The Fishing Restriction Service (available also in English) provides information on which areas are outside general fishing rights.

Am I allowed to fish in the Hupisaari region?

No, you are not. All fishing is prohibited in the Hupisaari 2b area.

How many rods can I use to troll in Hartaanselkä?

In the Hartaanselkä 2a area, you can troll with four (4) rods from the boat and two (2) rods from the shore. In the special fishing area 2c, you can troll from a boat with four (4) rods and from the shore with one (1) rod.

Can I use a motor for trolling in Hartaanselkä?

Using a motor while the fishing line is in the water is prohibited in the Hartaanselkä 2c special fishing area. In the Hartaanselkä 2 areaa, a motor can be used also for trolling.

Can I use the motor for transit in Hartaanselkä?

Yes, you can. Please note the speed limits (website in Finnish) for waterway transport.

What methods can I use to fish in Hartaanselkä before June 15?

With all permitted fishing methods. Rotation between spinfluga fishing and boat fishing starts on June 15.

Can I use another lure connected to a casting weight in the Hartaanselkä special fishing area 2c?

No, you cannot. In spinfluga fishing, you can only use a fly connected to a casting weight with one single hook with a maximum hook size of 12 mm.

What kind of hook can I use in the Hartaanselkä special fishing area 2c?

The use of hooks is limited in spinfluga fishing. In the Hartaanselkä 2c area, you are allowed to use one single hook for spinfluga fishing with a maximum hook size of 12 mm. For other fishing methods, there is no limit to the size or number of hooks. Please note, however, that Section 46 of the Fishing Act prohibits intentional hooking of the fish from outside.

Where am I allowed to hook and line fish and ice fish with one rod?

Hook and line fishing and ice fishing with one rod is allowed in all water areas of the city of Oulu, except in the Hupisaari 2b area and in the currents and rapids of the Sanginjoki river.

What is spinfluga fishing?

Spinfluga fishing means fly fishing with a casting weight attached to the line. 

What is "ootto" fishing?

Ootto rod is a fishing rod that usually has a reel. The weight sinks the line to the bottom of the water and a bobber or a floating bait raises the hook to mid-water.

What is hook and line fishing with a spinning rod?

Hook and line fishing with a spinning rod means using a casting rod with a bobber. It differs from hook and line fishing with a standard float rod (without a reel) in that the rod can be cast further from the boat or shore, and tiring a large fish is easier with the extra line provided by the reel.

What is ismete fishing?

Ismete fishing is bait fishing that is practiced in winter. In ismete fishing, short 120cm long rods are used most often with spinning reels. A bite indicator is used with this method. The advantage of ismete fishing is the possibility of using multiple rods, which requires a permission from the water owner. A larger area can be covered with more rods.

Why is the smallest permitted catch size of salmon 50 cm in the sea area and 60 cm elsewhere?

The smallest permitted catch size of salmon is 60 cm, but north of latitude 63°30 N in Perämeri the smallest permitted catch size is 50 cm.

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