Photo Credit: Juha-Matti Hakala

One Hundred Kilometers of River Vantaa

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.

About fishing destinations

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:

  • Vanhankaupunginkoski rapids and pool
  • Vantaankoski rapids
  • Pitkäkoski rapids
  • Nukarinkoski rapids

Species to Catch

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

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Vanhanmyllynkoski Rapids

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Nukarinkoski Rapids

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Myllykoski Rapids

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Vantaankoski Rapids

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Käräjäkoski Rapids

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Kittelänkoski Rapids

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Pitkäkoski Rapids

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Vanhankaupunginkoski Rapids

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The Water Protection Association of the River Vantaa and Helsinki Region

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:

  • promoting water and environmental conservation
  • developing and improving recreational use of the watershed
  • monitoring water quality
  • monitoring and guiding the usage of wastewater treatment plants
  • monitoring the effects of diffuse load and the general status of the watershed
  • groundwater-related issues
  • various projects aimed at improving the status of the watershed
  • providing advice and education
  • providing separately ordered scientific investigations for the association’s member organisations

The River Keeper

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.

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Photo Credit: Juha-Matti Hakala

Fishing Fees and Fisheries Control

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

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

  • All hatchery raised trout and salmon stocked at age one or above are marked with an adipose fin clipping. An unclipped adipose fin on a trout means that the fish is born in the wild and must be released immediately back into the water, regardless of the size or condition of the fish.
  • All salmon and trout (fin clipped or not) are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.).
  • Whitefish is protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • The bag limit for salmon in Finland is set to two fish per 24 hours per angler, by the national legislation. In the River Vantaa a stricter limit is in use, limiting the catch per angler to two salmonid fish per 24 hours.
  • In small brooks and ponds, with no migratory connection to a larger waterbody, brown trout is not protected and the maximum landing size is 45 cm. All waterbodies in the River Vantaa drainage basin have a migratory connection to the Gulf of Finland; therefore all wild (unclipped adipose fin) brown trout are considered migratory and are protected by law.
  • River Vantaa is classified as river containing migratory fish stocks and therefore fishing also requires a local, fishing zone-specific, fishing license in addition to the national fisheries management fee.

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.

  • The minimum landing size for fin clipped i.e. stocked trout is 50 cm (50 cm + 20% = 60 cm).
  • The minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm (60 cm + 20% = 72 cm).
  • The minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm (35 cm + 20% = 42 cm).
  • The minimum landing size for pikeperch is 42 cm (42 cm + 20% = 50 cm).

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.

Photo Credit: Risto Kannel, Luke

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Käräjäkoski rapids, Riihimäki

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.

Places to buy fishing licenses
Click here and read rules for fishing Click here to open the map of the area
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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Uhkola’s kiosk, Erkyläntien Puisto, 11130 Riihimäki, tel. 019-751837

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Uhkola’s kiosk, Erkyläntien Puisto, 11130 Riihimäki, tel. 019-751837

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All fishing is prohibited between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.
  • The amount of licenses sold per day is limited to 5 fishermen.

Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.


In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.


Type of fishing gear allowed: Fly and lure (barbless hooks only)
The use of bait (worms, shrimp etc.) and attraction substances such as scented pastes (powerbait etc.) is strictly prohibited.


Contacts:
Riihimäki Fly Fishing club.
Markku Tuominen, tel. 040 562 9524

Vanhanmyllynkoski and Kittelänkoski Rapids, Hyvinkää

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.

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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area


In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.



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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area


In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All salmon and trout (fin clipped or not) are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.)
  • Fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of September  and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.

Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.


In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.


Type of fishing gear allowed:

  • Fly and lure (barbless hooks are recommended)
  • The use of bait (worms, shrimp etc.) and attraction substances such as scented pastes (powerbait etc.) is strictly prohibited.

Contacts:
Seppo Söderholm
tel. 040-5410828



Nukarinkoski Rapids, Nurmijärvi

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.


Places to buy fishing licenses Click here and read rules for fishing Click here to open the map of the area
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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • SEO Nukari, Hämeentie 139, 05450 Nukari
  • Teboil Jokela, Osulankuja 2, 05400 Jokela
  • Short-term fishing license (12 h) www.kalakortti.com

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.



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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • SEO Nukari, Hämeentie 139, 05450 Nukari
  • Teboil Jokela, Osulankuja 2, 05400 Jokela
  • Short-term fishing license (12 h) www.kalakortti.com

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All salmon and trout (fin clipped or not) are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.)
  • All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of October and the 30th November (1.10.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.

Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.


In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.


Type of fishing gear allowed:

  • Fly and lure (barbless hooks are recommended)
  • The use of bait (worms, shrimp etc.) and attraction substances such as scented pastes (powerbait etc.) is strictly prohibited.

The contact information for the area is listed on the information signs along the river.



Myllykoski Rapids, Nurmijärvi

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.

Places to buy fishing licenses Click here and read rules for fishing Click here to open the map of the area
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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area


In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.



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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area


In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All salmon and trout (fin clipped or not) are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.)
  • All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of October and the 30th November (1.10.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.

Type of fishing gear allowed:

  • Fly and lure (barbless hooks are recommended)
  • The use of bait (worms, shrimp etc.) and attraction substances such as scented pastes (powerbait etc.) is strictly prohibited.

Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.
In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.


Contact information
Juhani Kortelainen
tel. 050-5678699

fishing supervisor
tel. +35844 2010779



Vantaankoski Rapids, Vantaa

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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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Martinlaakso public swimming pool, Martinlaaksonkuja 2, 01620 Vantaa
  • King’s Corner (situated in Vantaankoski), Kuninkaantie 39. 01670 Vantaa
  • The fishing license can also be purchased using a mobile phone. See further instructions on the information boards by the river or at:www.vantaa.fi/kalastus 
  • www.kalapassi.fi
  • www.kalakortti.com
  • The license for the area allows you to also fish all other water areas controlled by the city of Vantaa in River Vantaa, River Kerava and the city’s outdoor areas in Inkoo, Kirkkonummi and Sipoo.

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.




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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Martinlaakso public swimming pool, Martinlaaksonkuja 2, 01620 Vantaa
  • King’s Corner (situated in Vantaankoski), Kuninkaantie 39. 01670 Vantaa
  • The fishing license can also be purchased using a mobile phone. See further instructions on the information boards by the river or at: www.vantaa.fi/kalastus
  • www.kalapassi.fi
  • www.kalakortti.com
  • The license for the area allows you to also fish all other water areas controlled by the city of Vantaa in River Vantaa, River Kerava and the city’s outdoor areas in Inkoo, Kirkkonummi and Sipoo.

In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All salmon and trout (fin clipped or not) are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.)
  • All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of October and the 30th November (1.10.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 50 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • The use of floaters, while fly fishing or casting a lure is prohibited
  • Fishing with multiple rods at the same time is prohibited.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.

Type of fishing gear allowed:

In fast-flowing sections of the area only fly and lure. Fishing without a reel and a spinning rod is prohibited. The use of worms as bait is strictly prohibited. In fly fishing the amount of flies hanging from a dropper-line is limited to two.


Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.

In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.



Contact information
Markku Tiusanen
tel. +358400 871 312




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Pitkäkoski Rapids,
Vantaa / Helsinki

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.
All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).

June 3.2018 the fishing permit is not valid due to a fishing competition

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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area
Vantaa:

  • Vantaa-info Korso, Lumo, Urpiaisentie 14, 01450 Vantaa
  • Vantaa-info Myyrmäki, Myyrmäkitalo, Paalutori 3, 01600 Vantaa
  • Vantaa-info Tikkurila, Dixi, Ratatie 11, 2. krs., 01300 Vantaa
  • Myyrmäki public swimming pool, Myyrmäenraitti 4, 01600 Vantaa
  • Tikkurila public swimming pool, Tikkurilan sports center, Läntinen Valkoisenlähteentie 50, 01300 Vantaa
  • Hakunila public swimming pool, Hakunilan sports center, Sotungintie 17, 01200 Vantaa
  • Martinlaakso public swimming pool, Martinlaaksonkuja 2, 01620 Vantaa
  • Hotel Tikkurila, Läntinen Valkoisenlähteentie 52, 01300 Vantaa




Helsinki:

  • Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Ruoto, Hernepellonkuja 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Schröder, Unioninkatu 23, 00170 Helsinki
  • Puotinharju shopping center / Intersport Puhos, Kastelholmantie 2, 00900 Helsinki
  • Sports Department, Helsinki, Paavo Nurmen kuja 1 E (Töölön kisahalli), 00250 Helsinki
  • Vuosaaren Pyörähuolto, Lokitie 1 A, 00980 Helsinki



In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


The Pitkäkoski fishing zone can also be fished with a valid fishing license for the Vantaankoski rapids. Please note! Fishing licenses for Vantaankoski area are not valid in Pitkäkoski and Ruutinkoski areas between the 1st of September and the 30th of October, regardless of the purchase date. 

3rd of June 2018 the fishing permit is not valid due to a fishing competition

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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area
Vantaa:

  • Vantaa-info Korso, Lumo, Urpiaisentie 14, 01450 Vantaa
  • Vantaa-info Myyrmäki, Myyrmäkitalo, Paalutori 3, 01600 Vantaa
  • Vantaa-info Tikkurila, Dixi, Ratatie 11, 2. krs., 01300 Vantaa
  • Myyrmäki public swimming pool, Myyrmäenraitti 4, 01600 Vantaa
  • Tikkurila public swimming pool, Tikkurilan sports center, Läntinen Valkoisenlähteentie 50, 01300 Vantaa
  • Hakunila public swimming pool, Hakunilan sports center, Sotungintie 17, 01200 Vantaa
  • Martinlaakso public swimming pool, Martinlaaksonkuja 2, 01620 Vantaa
  • Hotel Tikkurila, Läntinen Valkoisenlähteentie 52, 01300 Vantaa


Helsinki:

  • Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Ruoto, Hernepellonkuja 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Schröder, Unioninkatu 23, 00170 Helsinki
  • Puotinharju shopping center / Intersport Puhos, Kastelholmantie 2, 00900 Helsinki
  • Sports Department, Helsinki, Paavo Nurmen kuja 1 E (Töölön kisahalli), 00250 Helsinki
  • Vuosaaren Pyörähuolto, Lokitie 1 A, 00980 Helsinki


In addition to the local fishing license purchased from the kiosk all anglers aged 18 to 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. One can pay the fee on the internet (www.eraluvat.fi/en/fishing.html) or at an R-kioski kiosk.


The Pitkäkoski fishing zone can also be fished with a valid fishing license for the Vantaankoski rapids.


Rules for fishing:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • Grayling is protected between the 1st of April and the 31st of May (1.4.-31.5.)
  • All fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing sections of the river between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Minimum landing size for a fin clipped trout is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for salmon is 60 cm.
  • Minimum landing size for grayling is 35 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit is 2 salmonid fish per 24 hours. When one’s limit is full all fishing must stop.
  • All anglers (even minors) fishing in the area are required to have a valid license specified for the fishing zone.
  • The amount of hooks is limited to 3 single hooks or 1 treble hook.
  • Fishing with multiple rods at the same time is prohibited.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.
  • 3rd of June 2018 the fishing permit is not valid due to a fishing competition

Fishing from the shore on private property is forbidden without the landowners consent. Do not go on private property, do not stomp on agricultural plants on the fields or destroy fences etc. while moving on the riverside.

In order to ensure the safe development of salmon and trout spawn, wading is prohibited from the 1st of October to the 31st of May.


Contact information
Vantaa:
+358400 871 312

Helsinki:
Meri-info, Liikuntavirasto
09 3108 7777 or 0400 449 759






Photo Credit: Juha-Matti Hakala

Vanhankaupunginkoski Rapids, Helsinki

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.

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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Ruoto, Pakkasraitti 2, 04360 Tuusula
  • (for the pool) www.kalakortti.com


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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • Ruoto, Pakkasraitti 2, 04360 Tuusula
  • (for the pool) www.kalakortti.com

Rules for fishing:
General rules for both fishing types:

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All fishing in the rapids is prohibited between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Wading is prohibited from 1st of September to the end of the season on the 31th of December (1.9-31.12.). Wading during other times is allowed, but it should be avoided if possible.
  • The areas, where fishing is allowed and where fishing is not allowed are marked with signs on the riverside.
  • Minimum landing sizes: fin clipped trout 60 cm, salmon 60 cm, pike perch 42 cm.
  • Rainbow trout has no minimum landing size.
  • The bag limit for fin clipped salmon, seatrout, white fish, rainbow trout, and pike perch is 3 fish per 24 hours. These 3 fish can include max. 1 fin clipped salmon or seatrout and one asp.
  • Fishing from a boat or from a bridge is prohibited.
  • Fishing with multiple rods at the same time is prohibited.
  • Bait and ice fishing is prohibited in fast-flowing areas of the river.
  • Hooking fish from outside the mouth is strictly prohibited.
  • All trout and salmon with an unclipped adipose fin, all fish hooked from outside the mouth area and all fish shorter than the minimum landing size of the species must be released immediately, regardless of the fish’s condition.

Gear-specific rules:


Fly fishing (on uneven days)

  • Fly fishing only.
  • Only single hooks max. 3 hooks per line.
  • The maximum width of the hook’s gape is 8 mm between the 1th of December and the 30th of August (1.12.-30.8.). The width is measured from the shank to the point of the hook.
  • Fishing in the rapids is prohibited between 1st of September and the 30th of November.
  • Wading is prohibited from 1st of September to the end of the season on the 31th of December.

Casting with a spinning rod (even days)

  • Fishing only with a spinning rod.
  • The amount of hooks is limited to 3 single hooks or 1 treble hook. The maximum width of the hook’s gape is 8 mm.
  • The maximum width of the hook’s gape is 8 mm between the 1th of December and the 30th of August (1.12.-30.8.). The width is measured from the shank to the point of the hook.
  • Fishing in the rapids is prohibited between 1st of September and the 30th of November.
  • Wading is prohibited from 1st of September to the end of the season on the 31th of December.

Vanhankaupunginkoski pool, Helsinki

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.


Places to buy fishing licenses Click here and read rules for fishing

Vantaa – Helsinki, easy fishing!

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
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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • (pool and rapids) Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • (pool and rapids) Ruoto, Hernepellonkuja 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • (for the pool) www.kalakortti.com

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.


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Places to buy fishing licenses for the area

  • (pool and rapids) Meri-info, Sports Department, Viikintie 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • (pool and rapids) Ruoto, Hernepellonkuja 1, 00560 Helsinki
  • (for the pool) www.kalakortti.com

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.


Rules for fishing in the pool

  • Brown trout with an intact adipose fin is protected and must be released immediately
  • All salmon, trout (fin clipped or not) and white fish are protected between the 1th of September and the 30th November (1.9.-30.11.).
  • Pikeperch over 70 cm in length must be released alive.
  • All fishing is prohibited between midnight and six a.m. (00.00-06.00).
  • The license for the pool is NOT valid for fishing in the rapids. The license is for fishing with only one rod at a time.
  • Those under 18 years of age may fish for free.
  • All fishing underneath the dam is strictly prohibited.
  • All salmon and trout caught using bait fishing equipment must be released.
  • The areas, where fishing is allowed and where fishing is not allowed are marked with signs on the riverside.
  • The bag limit for white fish, rainbow trout, and pike perch is 3 fish per species per 24 hours. The bag limit for asp is one fish per 24 hours.
  • During the hand net fishing season (11.9.-31.12.) the bag limit for white fish is 3 fish per 24 hours.
  • All salmon and trout caught using a hand net must be released immediately.
  • Fishing from a boat, a float tube or from a bridge is prohibited.
  • Fishing with multiple rods at the same time is prohibited.
  • The use of baitfish net is prohibited
  • The area covered by the pool license is marked on the riverside
  • All trash, including bits of fishing line must be placed in the trashcans on the riverside.
  • Hooking fish from outside the mouth is strictly prohibited. Not complying with this rule will result in a confiscation of the fisherman’s fishing gear by the police.
  • All trout and salmon with an unclipped adipose fin, all fish hooked from outside the mouth area and all fish shorter than the minimum landing size of the species must be released immediately, regardless of the fish’s condition.

Contact:
City of Helsinki:
Meri-info, Sports Department,
tel. 09 310 87777 or 0400 449 759



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TUTUSTU KALASTAMALLA HELSINKIIN

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.