The Åland archipelago offers great conditions for anglers all year round. Read about the local regulations and fishing licenses and catch the best tips on fishing guides.
SPORT FISHING IN ÅLAND
The Åland archipelago offers great conditions for anglers and sport fishermen all year round. Read about the valid regulations in Åland, get information about the fishing licenses and catch our best tips on fishing-friendly accommodations and local fishing guides who will lift your fishing experience on Åland to a higher level.
Åland archipelago is a varied seascape with many islands and skerries, fine sea bays and long coastlines with short distances between the inner and outer archipelago. In the waters surrounding Åland there are all kinds of fish, from pike, perch, pike-perch and whitefish to sea trout and salmon – this is why sport fishermen enjoy Åland!
Before your fishing trip to Åland, it is useful to get acquainted with valid regulations for reel fishing and angling.
FISHING LICENSE AREAS
The fishing grounds in Åland are partly privately owned by individuals and companies and partly community owned by villages or groups of fishing ground owners. Additionally there are public, province owned waters that stretch 12 nautical miles outside the village’s borders and the province of Åland’s private waters.
The water owner’s permission or a fishing license is required for sport fishing on privately or community owned waters and in the province of Åland’s public and private waters.
SEVERAL FISHING LICENSES
There is no common fishing license that covers all of Åland, but there are 56 fishing license areas and 16 areas owned by the province. The fishing license is valid for spin fishing, ice fishing or angling in its respective areas.
Thanks to the short distances in Åland, you don’t have to buy a license only for the area that is nearest your accommodation. Instead, you may buy several different licenses and thereby get access to several areas and choose to fish where you think the fishing is best for the day.
FISHING LICENSE ONLINE
The map below shows the Åland fishing areas and gives information about restrictions and where you can purchase your fishing license for the particular area. Most of the areas’ licenses can be bought online and you get your license directly to your mobile or to your email. Depending on the area, you can buy your fishing licenses via Visit Åland’s online booking or here.
MINIMUM LANDING SIZES
Perch 20 cm, max. 10 perches per day per person (Fish under 20 cm must be put back in the water as you can’t use it as food)
Bream 42 cm
Pike 55-80 cm, 1 pike per day per person
Pikeperch 40-60 cm, 1 pikeperch per day per person
Sea trout 50 cm, 1 sea trout per day per person
Salmon 60 cm
Whitefish 35 cm
CATCH & RELEASE
When sport fishing in Åland, a recommendation is using the catch & release technique. The basic rule is to not take home more fish than you intend to eat. If the fish doesn’t reach minimum landing size you are obligated to release it.
In some cases the bait is hooked in a way that makes it impossible to remove it without seriously injuring the fish. In that case you should kill the fish as soon as possible.
It is important to have the right equipment for Catch & Release fishing. Most simple and humane is the use of barbless hooks. Always bring a pair of pliers, hook releaser or forceps, scale and a camera, in case you catch your dream fish.
Fishing packages provide a better fishing experience. Are you interested in fishing in Åland and taking your friends with you? It is easy to book a ready-made fishing package where travel, accommodation and fishing licenses are included and take the help of a local fishing guide that takes you to the best fishing waters in Åland. The tour operators Eckerö Linjen, Ålandhotels, Ålandsresor and Ålands Turist & Konferens offer fishing packages and help you tailor a successful fishing experience.
You can also tailor your own fishing trip and book a cottage. They can help you find the best fishing guide in the Åland Islands. You can find the cottages down below and read more about them at visitaland.com
- Edens stugor
- Hjortö stugor & stockhus
- Holmströms stugor
- Käringsund Resort & Conference
- Rundbergs Stugor
- Svinö stugby
Sport fishing guides
If you want to get the most out of your fishing trip to Åland we recommend that you hire a sport fishing guide. The fishing guides know the local fishing grounds and help you to find the best spots for fishing. You are guaranteed to catch more fish and you’ll get to see more of Åland. Additionally you can fully concentrate on the fishing while the guide takes care of the navigation. Here are some tips for local fishing guides:
- Alandfishing, Thomas Strandvik
- Fiskelyckan, Bo-Erik Westberg
- Perchland, David Ståhlman
- Lägerelden, Roger Nordlund
- Norrö stugor, Peter Selander
- Rundbergs Stugor, Ulf Rundberg
IMPORTANT FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
In Åland the fisheries management is considered as the prerequisite of good sport fishing experiences. Fishermen in Åland appreciate vital and sound fish populations and the fish’s natural propagation is supported by many different projects. At the same time millions of fish fry are released out in the sea every year– almost two million fish fry in total from pike, sea trout, whitefish and salmon. The replenishment of fish stock is partially financed by revenues from the fishing licenses.
If you need more of a challenge to recreational fishing there are many fishing competitions in Åland during the year. The salmon trolling competition Trollingträff Åland is a yearly tradition − the event, held since 1993 in the waters surrounding Eckerö and Hammarudda in western Åland attracts participants from near and far.
In Autumn, there are sport angling competitions such as Brändö Fisketävling and Getadraget which is a pure Catch & Release competition. Did you know that the finals in the Swedish pike competition Gäddfajten have been arranged in Åland several years in a row?
Note: From April 15- June 15, sport fishing from the shore is forbidden to protect breeding seabirds.
GENERAL RULES FOR SPORT FISHING IN ÅLAND
This page was updated 8.3.2021