Fishing regulations



The local fishing districts may pass regulations on the minimum size of other fish species, too, or they may stipulate that the size of certain species of fish shall be bigger than that provided by the Decree.


Regulations set by the Local Fishing Districts in Ostrobothnia

Pursuant to the Fishing Act, the local fishing districts have adopted the following regulations on fishing gear, minimum size of fish, or closed areas in their waters or part of them. Decisions by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-centre) on bans on ice- fishing and angling can be found by exploring the following map.

All currents of water in Ostrobothnia are regarded as salmon or powan waters – meaning that fishing by virtue of general fishing right is not allowed in rapids or streams. Consequently, in order to fish in rapids and streams the fisherman must obtain a licence from the owner of the fishing water in question.

A map of the local fishing districts can be found here.

  • Kristinestad-Storå fishing district covers Kristinestad, Lappfjärd, and Storå.
  • Närpes-Kaskö fishing district covers Närpes and Kaskö.
  • Korsnäs-Malax fishing district covers Korsnäs, Malax, and Vaasa. The district has adopted a resolution on the minimum mesh size of fishing gear. In fishing in the sea, the minimum mesh size of fishing gear shall be 40 mm. This restriction does not, however, apply to Baltic herring, smelt, or bait fishing.
  • Kvarken fishing district was established 1.1.2014 by combining Norra Kvarken och Korsholm fishing districts and covers Korsholm, Vörå-Maxmo-Oravais and Vähäkyrö. In Vörå-Maxmo-Oravais and Vähäkyrö, the mesh size of bottom-set gillnets shall be 38 mm or bigger and in floating gillnets, 50 mm or bigger. The district has also established a closed area for fishing, covering the outlet and delta of the Kyröälv/Kyrönjoki river. It is prohibited to fish pike-perch within the closed area in June. The ban applies to all forms of fishing, including angling, jigging, and lure fishing.
  • Nykarleby fishing district covers Nykarleby.
  • Norra Svenska fishing district covers Larsmo, Pedersöre, Kronoby, Jakobstad and Kokkola. Pursuant to the Fishing Act, the district has established a closed area for fishing on Larsmo-Öja lake. The ban is valid from 15th May until 15th June each year, prohibiting the fishing of pike-perch.