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Lake Puula

Majestic cliff shores, wide meandering mid-lake waters and the fragmented island area are a feast for the eyes. Big bright-flanked landlocked salmon and mid-lake pike swim...
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Fishing in Finland

 

As the country with the most waters in the whole world, Finland offers diverse opportunities for catching various species of fish. As much as 10% of our country’s surface is covered by water. It is just as easy to go fishing on the outskirts of a city as on a wilderness lake.

We wish you every success and plenty of enjoyment by Finland’s unique waters!

Photo: Mika Pihlaja
Lake Puula: Thanks to the strong vendace stock, landlocked salmon grow fast. An 8.3-kilo whopper struck in the Mainiemenselkä mid-lake area.

 

Fishing face-to-face with nature

We have 187,888 lakes, the Finnish Lake District – the most extensive area of unbroken lake in Europe – as well as 1,100 kilometres of Baltic Sea coastline, including its archipelagos, and 647 rivers covering 25,000 kilometres. Could anglers wish for more?

They definitely could. Anglers obviously also wish for those waters to be brimming with fish. Luckily, their wishes came true. In addition to being well-stocked, Finland’s extensive waters are also pristine and full of beautiful scenery that will take your breath away. Unlike crowded fishing sites around the world, Finland offers space and silence. Here you can fish in your own peace, face-to-face with nature.

The most common game species include the white-fleshed predators pike, perch and zander. Pike and perch can be found in almost all waters. Over a metre-long pike is no big deal anywhere in Finland. The best zander stocks can be found in the lake district of Southern and Central Finland and on the southern sea coast.

Northern Finland offers great sites for anglers in pursuit of grayling and salmon. In the best sites in Northwest Lapland, known as the ‘Arm of Finland’, grayling can grow to weights of over two kilos. Read more

 
Photos on the top: Jari Tuiskunen, Kimmo Pöri, Lentokuva Vallas, Jari Salonen, Veli-Pekka Räty, Ismo Kolari and Risto Jussila.

Federation of Finnish Fisheries Association
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For rod anglers, the number one species of the Archipelago Sea is pike.

   

   
   

Jigging for zander is fun, active and eventful!

   

Rainbow trout is a common game species on River Merikarvianjoki and on many other rivers and rapids fishing sites in Finland.