Provincial lure fishing fee gives a general right for fishing within a certain province with one rod, reel and lure. In trolling a weight may also be used. Provincial lure fishing fee can be paid to more than one province.
The borders of the provinces can be checked from the list of municipalities of the Ministry of the Interior: http://patio.suomi.fi/PatioWeb/facelets/suomenaluejaot/suomenaluejaot.faces (Choose year 2009).
The number of rods allowed cannot be increased by paying the fee several times to one province.
Provincial lure fishing fee can be paid to the following bank accounts:
Province of Southern Finland: FI69 5000 0121 5028 34
Province of Western Finland: FI81 5000 0121 5029 09
Province of Eastern Finland: FI82 5000 0121 5028 91
Province of Oulu: FI07 5000 0121 5028 83
Province of Lapland: FI73 5000 0121 5028 59
The provincial lure fishing fee is 29 euros for a calendar year and 7 euros for the seven-day period. The seven-day period may start from the date of payment or date given in the receipt. The fishing management fee must also be paid.
Persons under 18 or over 64 years of age may practise lure fishing free of charge.
Provincial lure fishing fee is personal and it must be paid before fishing is started. A receipt, fishing card and bank statement are accepted as proof of payment. If requested, the proof of payment must be presented to an authority or other person supervising fishing.
An authority may prohibit lure fishing in a certain area. For example, the Employment and Economic Development Centre may issue a prohibition on lure fishing under section 11 of the Fishing Act. Information on the closed and restricted areas is available in the map service and at the Fisheries Units of the Employment and Economic Development Centres.
Fishing may also be prohibited under other law or regulations.
Provincial lure fishing fee does not allow fishing in:
- rapids and currents of salmon and whitefish waters
- water areas where fishing is prohibited under other provisions (e.g. prohibition of lure fishing issued by the Employment and Economic Development Centre under section 11 of the Fishing Act)
- close to inhabited shores where it may cause unnecessary disturbance
- less than 50 metres from a net, fyke or other fixed trap marked with a flag
- close to shore areas belonging to the Defence Forces
- certain harbour areas and navigation routes
- national parks and nature conservation areas established under the Nature Conservation Act (there may be exceptions to these)
Each year about 75,000 annual lure fishing licences and over 30,000 seven-day licences are purchased in Finland. The funds are returned to the owners of fishing waters after the costs due to the collection and allocation have been deducted. The owners of fishing waters use some of the funds for the management of fish populations.