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The Lake Puruvesi Salmon Championship 28.-29.6.2014

 
The Hummonselkä area on Lake Puruvesi hosts the 24-hour Lake Puruvesi Salmon Championships, the oldest and largest trolling competition in Finland. 32-year-old event starts at 14 PM on Saturday June 28. There are alltogether 4 starting points by the Lake Puruvesi.

There are two series on the competition: 1) salmonoids and 2) other species. The winner is the boat that gets the biggest brown trout or landlocked salmon. There can be maximum two anglers on one boat and they are allowed to use 2 rods and lures. Trolling by rowing boats is the only fishing method allowed in this competition.

More information:
Karjalan Kalamiehet (in Finnish)
Lake Saimaa

(17.06.2014)

Fish events

 

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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kuopio hosts the Savo Wilderness Fair every other year.
 
 
 
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