The River Vantaa is approximately one hundred kilometres long. The river flows through seven municipals from its origins in Hausjärvi, all the way to Helsinki, where it drains into the Gulf of Finland.
The River Vantaa is home to one of the most significant seatrout populations in the Gulf of Finland area. Improvements in water quality, coupled with river habitat restoration projects have resulted in growing fish stocks and excellent recreational fishing opportunities. Today salmon and seatrout are able to reach the up-most parts of the river-system and both species reproduce naturally in the river’s many rapids. The river also has several special fishing zones, which are frequently stocked with gamefish for anglers to catch.
The river’s largest tributary is the 65 km long River Kerava, that connects with the River Vantaa main basin in Helsinki. The Kirkonkylänkoski and Tikkurilankoski rapids (fishing is prohibited in both rapids) in the lower parts of river River Kerava are equipped with fishways that allows salmon and seatrout to migrate upstream all the way to Järvenpää, where the Haarajoki dam forms a migration barrier.
The waters of River Vantaa are naturally turbid, but especially during the summer the water in the middle- and upper-parts of the river can be quite clear. The headwaters of the river are located in Riihimäki. Fishing in these areas closely resembles brook-fishing. As the river flows seawards and grows in size, also the width and the length of the fishing areas grow. The middle-sections hold several fishing areas that are located around rapids. The terrain is characterized by lush broad leaf woodlands and one can go through an entire day’s fishing without encountering other fishermen. The fishing areas are equipped with public places, where you can start a campfire.
Near Helsinki, the capital of Finland, the river is readily accessible. The distances between fishing zones are short and some areas can be reached with ease using public transportation. Despite the urban surroundings one can connect with nature, while being at the river.
Popular fishing destinations:
Over 6 000 fishing licenses are purchased and over 20 000 kilograms of fish are caught by recreational fishermen annually. Brown trout is the most sought-after species by anglers. The most common catches are rainbow trout, pike and perch. Other possible species to catch are for example salmon, grayling and different species of cyprinids.
More information (in Finnish): www.vantaanjoki.fi
The Water Protection Association of the River Vantaa and Helsinki Region was founded in the spring of 1963, when the municipals and factories around River Vantaa decided to take voluntary actions to stop the decline and contamination of the river. During the past half a century water quality has improved significantly in the main basin and the affluent streams, but much remains to be done. In addition to its notable recreational aspects River Vantaa also serves an important role by proving a back-up water supply for the Helsinki area, when the primary water source is out of use.
Today the Water Protection Association’s area of operation covers the entire River Vantaa drainage basin, spanning from Riihimäki in the north to the sea-areas surrounding the City of Helsinki.
The Water Protection Association’s tasks include:
The River Keeper project was initiated in 2014 by The Water Protection Association of the River Vantaa and Helsinki Region. The project aims at developing the recreational use of the river-system and improving the living conditions of migratory fish in the River Vantaa drainage basin.
The River Keeper’s working area covers the entire main basin. The River Keeper’s working methods consist of hands-on approaches to fisheries management, which includes for example the maintenance, scientific investigation, and making an inventory of salmonid spawning grounds in the river.
The River Keeper serves as the eyes and ears of the river, making notes of the river's current status and informing the project's collaborators, when necessary.
In 2015 the River Keeper inspected the fishing licenses of over six hundred fishermen.
Everyone aged 18 to 64 years, fishing with a rod and reel in Finnish waters must pay a fisheries management fee to the Finnish government. This fee covers all waterbodies in Finland and is always required, when fishing with a rod and reel. The fisheries management fee can be purchased on the internet at www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html, by phone during weekdays 8-16 o’clock (020 692424), or at your nearby R-kioski kiosk.
River Vantaa is classified as river containing migratory fish stocks and therefore fishing also requires a local, fishing zone-specific, fishing license. These local licenses can be purchased from license vendors, appointed by the fishing zones. Information about local fishing licenses and the locations of the license vendors are listed in this brochure.
Fishing in River Vantaa is supervised by the employees of the River Keeper project and the fisheries controllers appointed by the surrounding cities and local fishing zones. The revenue from the license sales are used for stocking gamefish, fisheries control, maintaining riverside facilities (campfire spots, path system etc.), arranging fishing-related activities for children and other events.
Not complying with the fishing regulations is punishable by law and all unlicensed fishermen are reported to and investigated by the police. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the fishing regulations of the area that you are fishing, and buy all necessary licences before you start fishing.
As a fisherman your duty is to know the local rules for fishing and to be able to present all necessary fishing licenses and an identification document to a fisheries controller, when asked.
The Finnish Fishing Act of 2016 and its implications on fishing in the River Vantaa
All fishermen aged between 18 and 64 years, fishing with a rod and reel must pay a fisheries management fee to the Finnish government (read previous chapter for more details).
Bait fishing without a reel and ice fishing in lakes, the sea and in slow-flowing water are considered as ‘Everyman’s rights’ (right of public access) in Finland and do not require a special fishing license. Bait fishing and ice fishing in fast-flowing sections of rivers and streams are forbidden.
Bait and ice fishing is forbidden in all fast-flowing sections of the River Vantaa and it is punishable by law. Not complying with this rule will result in a punishment carried out by the police.
All trout with an unclipped adipose fin are protected by law
Minimum Landing Sizes for Different Species of Fish
The length of a fish determined by squeezing together the tail fin of the fish and measuring the distance between the end of the tail fin to the tip of the fish’s jaw. Fishing zone-specific, stricter minimum landing sizes for certain species of fish may be set in place. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and minimum landing sizes in the area you are fishing.
The following minimum landing sizes are set nationwide in the National Fishing Decree. The minimum landing size of all species can be updated by 20% by local authorities. Organisations arranging the fishing also have a right to set stricter landing sizes. Always check the minimum landing sizes of your fishing area, before you start fishing.
A way to tell apart the protected wild brown trout from the fin clipped hatchery raised trout.
Hatchery raised fish, marked with a clipped adipose fin
Wild fish, with an unclipped adipose fin.
Thanks to years of voluntary fish habitat restoration projects the Käräjäkoski area has become one of the most significant trout reproduction sites. Because of the high densities of juvenile trout in the area anglers fishing for rainbow trout must use barbless hooks in their flies and lures. All juvenile trout must be set back into the river. Be sure to do this as gently as possible and wet your hands before touching the fish. Larger fin clipped trout that meet with the minimum landing size criteria, are occasionally caught. These larger sea-run trout individuals are few and far apart and they are essential to the survival of the extremely endangered fish species. A responsible angler will set these gems of the river free, after a moment of admiration.
The fishing license also covers the area downstream from the Käräjäkoski rapids, through the Peltosaari district, all the way to the railway. This slow-flowing part of the river holds a good amount of large rainbow trout and sometimes grayling up to 40 cm in length are caught from the area. The path downstream is located on the right-hand side of the river and the total length of the fishing zone is approximately four kilometres.
In Hyvinkää fishermen are lured in by the peaceful Vanhanmyllynkoski and the pristine Kittelänkoski fishing zones. The catch mainly consists of rainbow trout and grayling. Trout also reproduces naturally in the area.
Nukarinkoski rapids are the steepest of all the rapid sections of the entire river. This beautifully roaring stream environment is one of the most popular and best places to catch fish in River Vantaa. Paths located along the eastern bank cover the entire fishing area and fish are frequently caught from all the rapids and the pools between them. There is a lean-to equipped with a place for campfire near the lower parking area. The contact information for the area is listed on the information signs along the river.
The Myllykoski rapids were set free in 1982, when the old hydropower plant was deconstructed. The rapids of Myllykoski are one of the great natural landscapes of the River Vantaa and they offer a good variety of fishing spots to suit all tastes. There are a total of 3 places for setting up a campfire on the eastern bank and one tour around the 1,5 km ‘Koskikara’ trail.
All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between 1.10.-30.11.
Thanks to substantial fish stockings the Vantaankoski fishing zone has become one of the go-to places for anglers fishing in southern Finland. The fishing zone covers approximately one kilometre of water, which varies from fast-flowing rapids to a slow-flowing pool. The old milldam is fitted with a fishway and thanks to special permit given by local authorities fishing is allowed in the area, despite the normal legislative ban on fishing near fishways.
The catch consists primarily of rainbow trout, but fishermen should be prepared for the occasional encounters with seatrout. The seatrout caught in the area are originated both from stockings of hatchery raised trout and from natural production. A hatchery raised trout are marked by clipping of the adipose fin. These fin clipped trout have a minimum landing size of 50 cm. All trout with an unclipped adipose fin must be set free immediately, regardless of the condition of the fish. Wild migratory trout are extremely endangered and protected by national legislation.
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The Pitkäkoski rapids are a kilometre section of fast-flowing section of the River Vantaa. The fishing zone is surrounded by a protected old woodland area. The fishery is maintained mainly through stockings of juvenile trout. The area is popular among fishermen targeting seatrout in the autumn period before fishing closes.The area can be fishing with either the City of Helsinki’s fishing license or the City of Vantaa’s license. Both cities have decided to support the fishing hobby of minors, by allowing everybody under the age of 18 to fish for free.
Vanhankaupunginkoski Rapids is a gate to the River Vantaa. Thanks to its unique landscape, cultural heritage and valuable environment, it is also a gate back to the nature for the citizens.
Permitted fishing methods in the Vanhankaupunginkoski rapids are fly-fishing and lure fishing, on alternating days. A Rapids fishing licence is sold for the upper and lower parts of the rapids.
Places of interest for fishermen in the Vanhankaupunginkoski pool are the stone wall in Pornaistenniemi, the shore around Kuninkaankartanonsaari Island and the stone wall and casting pier on western bank. Also the strait underneath Matinkaari Bridge at lower part of the pool is worth a shot.
All fishing without the pool’s fishing license is prohibited. Allowed methods for fishing are: spin casting, fly fishing, spinfluga and bait fishing. All fishing except bait fishing done by minors (under 18 years-old) requires a license. Fishermen ages 18 to 64 fishing with a rod and reel are required to pay the national fishery fee as well as the fishing license for the pool. Bait fishing done by fishermen over 18 years-old requires a special license.
The Water Protection Association of the River Vantaa and Helsinki Region promotes water conservation and recreational usage of natural waterbodies in its area of operations from Riihimäki to Helsinki and from Espoo to Sipoo. We are part of the Federation of Water Protection Associations of Finland.www.vantaanjoki.fi
Helsingin kaupunki omistaa 14 600 hehtaarin suuruisen merialueen kaupungin läheisyydessä ja lähikunnissa. Tällä alueella voi kalastaa lunastettuaan kalastusluvan. Helsingin merialueella on tavattu noin 60 kalalajia, muun muassa meritaimenta, kuhaa ja siikaa. Lohi nousee kaupungin keskelle laskevaan Vantaanjokeen. Perho- ja heittokalastajan parhaat apajat ovat Vantaanjoen koskilla (Niskalankoski, Ruutinkoski ja Pitkäkoski) sekä jokisuulla – Vanhankaupunginkoski.
Vanhankaupunginkoski on portti Vantaanjokeen. Ainutlaatuisen maisemansa, kulttuuriperintönsä ja luontoarvonsa vuoksi se on myös kaupunkilaisten portti luontoon. Vanhankaupunginkoskella voi samanaikaisesti kalastaa 10 henkilöä. Parittomina päivinä kalastetaan perholla ja parillisina vieheellä. Suvannolla kalastajien määrää ei ole rajoitettu. Molemmat alueet ovat erillislupa-alueita, joiden kalastus on tarkemmin säädettyä kuin merialueella. Luvat lunastetaan Meri-Infosta, os. Viikintie 1.
Kalavesienkartasta saat tietoa muun muassa Helsingin kalavesistä ja kalastuksen lupamyyntipisteistä. Liikuntaviraston www-sivuilta tietoa kalastuksesta osoitteesta hel.fi/kalastus.