Fishing permit in Estonia

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Last updated: 1.10.2015

Three types of recreational fishing are distinguished depending on the fishing gear used, the fishing ground and the time.

1. Line fishing 

Anyone is permitted to fish with one simple hand line on a publicly used waterbody free of charge and without having to register for a fishing permit, taking into consideration the restrictions established with the Fishing Rules.

On a privately owned waterbody that is not designated for public use, it is only permitted to fish with one simple hand line upon the land owner’s consent.   

A simple hand line consists of a pole, a line of the length of up to 1.5 lengths of the pole, a single hook, a weight, and a floater. It is only permitted to use natural bait for fishing.

2. Recreational fishing with up to three fishing tackles

Anyone who has paid for recreational fishing rights, i.e. fishing rights, is permitted to fish with fishing tackles on a publicly used waterbody, taking into consideration the restrictions established with the Fishing Rules.
On a privately owned waterbody that is not designated for public use, it is only permitted to fish with up to three fishing tackles upon the land owner’s consent.  

Fishing tackles are: spinning reels, trolling lines, pulling devices, fly hooks, bottom lines (krundas, bottom lines), unanchored trimmers, hand lines and more than one simple hand line used by one person at a time, harpoon guns and harpoons, as well as hooks. In case of fishing with these fishing gears, a fee must be paid for fishing rights.

The identity document of a recreational fisher (passport, ID card, driving licence) is deemed to be the document certifying fishing rights. 

As of 1 January, 2011, the following methods can be used to pay for fishing rights: 

 a) On the website pilet.ee

To pay for fishing rights, an applicant shall visit the website www.pilet.ee and fill in the payment order for recreational fishing rights. The payment can be made through an online bank (only Estonian bank branches) or with a credit card.  

Foreigners with no Estonian personal identification code shall enter their date of birth in the form of the following code 0yymmdd0000 (yy – year of birth, mm – month of birth, dd – date of birth). For example, if an applicant’s date of birth is 29.06.1982, the code must be entered as follows: 08206290000

With a credit card, it is also possible to pay for the fishing rights by calling 11800 (a fee of 0.74 euros/per minute applies). The service is available 24 h and is provided in the Estonian, English and Russian language.

The following fees apply to recreational fishing rights in 2015

1) 24 hours - € 1;
2) 7 days - € 3;
3) 182 days (six months) - € 13;
4) 365 days (one year) - € 20. 

NB! The annual permit remains valid for 365 days. For example, an annual permit purchased at 9:42 a.m. on 13.10.2015 is valid until 9:42 a.m. on 12.10.2016.

In case of any issues, please call 611 8000 or send an email to: info@pilet.ee

 b) Bank transfer

As of 01.02.2011, it is no longer possible to pay for fishing rights by bank transfer.

 c) Mobile phone payment

Mobile phone payments can only be used in the networks of the Estonian mobile network operators EMT, Elisa or Tele2. The service can also be used with the pay-as-you-go SIM cards of these operators.  

In case of using a mobile phone payment, please enter the correct combination of numbers in your mobile phone and call (do not send a text message!).

Name
Duration
Price Calling code

Fishing rights

24 h
1.00 €
1322*400*personal identification code 
7 days
3.00 €
1322*401*personal identification code
182 days
13.00 € 1322*402*personal identification code
365 days
20.00 € 1322*403*personal identification code 

Foreigners with no Estonian personal identification code shall enter their date of birth in the form of the following code 0yymmdd0000 (yy – year of birth, mm – month of birth, dd – date of birth). For example, if an applicant’s date of birth is 29.06.1982, the code must be entered as follows: 08206290000

 d)  At the post office

It is also possible to pay for fishing rights at several post offices of Eesti Post (Omniva). 

Free fishing rights 

Recreational fishing rights are free for pre-school children, students under 16 years of age, pensioners, unlawfully repressed persons, and disabled persons. The above listed persons must carry the following documents certifying their privilege:

1) students under 16 years of age – a student card;
2) pensioners – a pension certificate;
3) unlawfully repressed persons – a rehabilitation certificate or a repressed person’s certificate;
4) disabled persons – a document certifying the degree of disability.

NB! The privileges are not extended to the fishing gear and fishing areas where fishing is organized on the basis of a fishing card.

3. Fishing card 

The fishing gear that require a fishing card: entangling nets, bottom longlines consisting of up to 100 hooks, dip-nets and traps, and hoopnets and dragnets.

The fishing waterbodies that require a fishing card for fishing: the trout rivers in Central Estonia and the salmon and sea trout rivers in Northern Estonia.

The protected areas that require a fishing card for fishing: Endla and Silma Nature Reserves and the Matsalu National Park.

Fishing cards are only available for a fee and are issued by the Environmental Board.


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