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National Fishing Day
National Fishing Day takes place today May 21. The purpose of the event is to give kids and youth chance to explore fishing as a hobby and get to know Finnish fish species. The theme of this year`s Fishing Day is “Go fishing in Summer”. Fishing is a splendid interest for whole family. Children, parents and grandparents can go angling together during summer holiday.
In a one day over 30 fishing events are arranged in different parts of the country. The programmes of the events vary depending on the city or village where Fishing Day takes place. For instance good fishing spots, different fishing methods, cleaning and cooking the fish are some of the themes exposed. This year`s main event is held in Helsinki.
The first National Fishing Day was arranged in 2006. The original idea was launched by the fishing club of Finnish Parliament. Fishing authorities and organisations, fishing magazines and fishing tackle manufacturers are involved in arrangements of this event. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry supports financially the arrangements of the Fishing Day.
A wide variety of fishing-related events are organised in different parts of Finland, allowing you to take part in exciting competitions, sample fish delicacies and check out the latest tackle innovations.
Photo: Jari Tuiskunen
Helsinki Angling Marathon, ‘Stadionki’.
Exciting fishing competitions
Finns are a competitive race and fishing competitions have long traditions. Competitions are organised around the themes of ice-fishing, angling, trolling, spinning and crayfishing. Ice-fishing competitions attract the highest number of people; numbers of participants in the largest competitions run into thousands.
Especially popular summer events are the hundreds of trolling competitions, the largest and most well-known of which is the 24-hour rowing marathon, the Puruvesi Salmon Championships, organised in Kesälahti. The River Teno Salmon Championship is resolved by trolling a big salmon from this majestic stream of Upper Lapland.
Photo: Lentokuva Vallas
Ice-fishing enthusiasts spread out on the ice like ants during the Lake Kallavesi Finnish Championships.
The European Championships in salmon trolling, held on the Gulf of Finland, bring plenty of participants and spectators to Helsinki. Every year, Lake Oulujärvi hosts the European Championships in pike trolling, while the World Championships in zander trolling, known as Rönnin Veto, take place on Lake Längelmävesi. The solemn names of events, such as ‘World Championships', demonstrate Finnish anglers' ardent zeal – and sometimes quite considerable fanaticism – about their pastime. Many competitions are open to all interested participants.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
A trolling competition on Lake Rahajärvi, Inari.
Delicacies at fish fairs
About 50 fish fair events are organised every year, offering a diverse range of delicious fish dishes to be enjoyed on the spot, fresh fish and various preserved fish products, accompanied by plenty of additional entertainment. The largest events are the Helsinki and Turku Baltic Herring Fairs organised every autumn and the Tampere Fish Fair, held every spring and autumn.
Fish fair calendar (in Finnish)
Photo: Veli-Pekka Räty
Fish fairs offer fried vendace and many other fish delicacies. Tampere Fish Fair.
Brand new tackle at hunting and fishing fairs
Fishing and nature enthusiasts gather at hunting and fishing fairs, a few of which are organised every year. The most well-known events are the Riihimäki International Sportsmen's Fair, the Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair in Oulu and the Savo Wilderness Fair in Kuopio. The fairs present a diverse range of tackle, clothing and travel offering and, naturally, the latest product innovations.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
Kuopio hosts the Savo Wilderness Fair every other year.