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Finland has hundreds of rivers and rapids for fly fishing or spinning and lake areas for trolling. Fishing there requires often special fishing licenses. You can find fishing facts of over 500 finnish special fishing resorts in our pages. Fishing seasons, fish stockings, fishing licenses, fishing rules, places to pay permit, area, depth, water colour, water level, river online disharges, depth maps, ... . Read more
Finland is known as the land of thousand lakes. You can find fishing facts of 37691 finnish lakes and rivers in our pages: Area, depth, water colour, water level, river online disharges, depth maps, fish stockings, fishing licenses, fishing rules, places to pay permit... In wintertime you can check ice thickness nearby. Read more
Several rapid fishing grounds in Finland offer excellent possibilities for spinning. Spinning is possible on nearly all rapid fishing grounds. Brown trout and rainbow trout are fished with spinning tackles in running waters.
It is possible to fish from a shore on small fishing grounds. It is useful to use a boat on some bigger grounds. Fishing can be a little difficult on small rapids when the level of water is low in the middle of summer.
The cast is directed to probable lodges. It is useful to cast a while in the same place, because the lure must float close enough to the fish. The colour and the floating depth of the lure should be changed. Lures should be floated as if they were small injured fish. Read More
Spinning is the most popular leisure fishing method in Finland. Spinning is possible and effective in nearly all waters in the province. Pike and Perch are the most important catches on lakes. Rainbow trout and brown trout are fished on special fishing grounds.
Spinning is possible at shores and also from a boat. It is better to use a boat on big lakes.
If fishing from a boat, casting is usually done from the deep water side to the shallow water, for example, near a rushy shore or a range of rock. Probable lodges should be fished systematically. If fishing from a shore, let the lure sink near the bottom before reeling it in. Read More
Fly fishing is also possible on lakes. Brown trout and rainbow trout are usually fished with fly only on special fishing grounds, but it is possible to catch powan on natural lakes. Fly fishing is an effective method to catch roach and blake.
Only fish which have been seen on the surface are fished on lakes. It is useful to have a boat for fly fishing on lakes . Read More
Fly fishing is popular on rapids in Finland. Brown trout and grayling are usually fished on rapids.
Light fly fishing tackles are enough on rapids. Wadding boots are enough on small rapids and on big rapids you need wadding trousers and even a boat.
Dry fly fishing is popular on rapids. A fish which has been seen should be approached from below and the cast is directed above the fish so that the fly floats over the fish. If no fish can be seen, the fly must be floated over the probable lodges.
Wet fly fishing is effective with sedge fly pupas on rapids in Central Finland. It is important to sink the pupa as near the bottom as possible. The biggest brown trout and rainbow trout are often caught with streamers. The fry imitation is usually dragged on the surface or floated near the bottom. Read More
There are a lot of waterways in Finland. There are swift currents between lakes. It is enjoyable to troll in this currents and the biggest fish are often caught from them. Brown trout, pike perch and pike are usually fished from currents.
When trolling, row slowly against the current starting from the lower parts. A couple of rods should be used when trolling. You should make lures swim near probable lodges. You have to be careful not to disturb other fishermen. Read More
There are excellent circumstances for trolling in Finland. It is easy to go trolling on the big lakes in Central Finland because the permit systems are excellent. There are enough waters and fish.
You need a boat to troll. it is also possible troll with a rowing boat but a motor is preferred on big lakes. Several rods, usually 2-5 per boat, are often used when trolling but it is also possible to use close to 20 rods at the same time. The lures are set to swim in the same depth where fish are likely to swim. If the depth is not known, lures are set to swim in different depths with extra weights, downrigger or divers. About 10-30 metres of line should be used, so that it is possible to turn without problems. You need rod holders if you use multiple rods. If you use only few rods, you can hold them in your hands. The trolling route is chosen depending on the trolling method. If trolling is done on the surface, it does not matter what the route is. Generally you should stay close to probable lodges. Ends of capes, ranges of rocks, shallows and sounds are excellent lodges.
There is an excellent network of places where you can launch your boat and places to take a break in Central Finland. Read More
The ice fishing season begins in winter when lakes freeze. Hundreds of lakes in Central Finland offer excellent possibilities for ice fishing.
You need a rod and a jig for ice fishing. A seat and a sludge ladle are also important, as well as warm clothes. You will also need an ice drill if you don't want to use old ice holes.
Perch, roach and powan are the most usual catches when ice fishing.The middle of winter it is excellent season to fish burbot, and late winter is good time to fish pike.
When you want to ice fish you have to drill a hole or it is also possible to use old holes. You should either move actively or fish from the same hole for a long time, depending on the type of fish you're trying to catch.
The jigging technique is different with different jigs. An upright jig with an chironomid larva or fly larva as a bite is lowered about 30 cm above the bottom, after which you have to lift the jig about 0,5 metres up a couple of times. This makes the jig move attractively. Next you have to hold the jig in the same place for a moment and follow the point of the rod or line to see if fish bite on the jig. If a fish bites on it, you have to strike upwards and pull the fish out through the hole on to the ice. After you have released the fish back you have to check your bite and lower the jig back into water as soon as possible. If fish do not bite, you have to lift the jig up again a couple of times and wait again for a while. An upright jig imitates a small fish.
A jig swims attractively and in balance and it is usually used without a bait. It is useful to familiarize yourself with the way how the jig swims by jigging near the hole and following the motion of the jig. Jigging is started near the bottom. You should hold the jigger in the same place for a moment and wait for a bite after a couple of lifts. If a fish bites you have to strike and pull the fish on the ice from the line. If the fish escapes, you should raise the lure about 30 cm and make new attractive motions and wait for another bite. Especially perch can follow the jigger directly under the ice and then bite. if you loose contact with fish you should begin the jigging again near the bottom.
The third general jigging method is to fish with a so called "Mormuska" (little weighed hook) with an chironomid larva or fly larva as a bite is lowered near the bottom. Then you should tremble and lift the "Mormuska" near the bottom. It is important to keep the "mormuska" in motion. The "mormuska" is light and therefore it is important to use also light fishing tackles. The "mormuska" can also be used below an upright jig with a 5- 10 cm long line. If you do this, you need to fish with the same method as with an upright jig. Read More
The traditional Finnish fishing with a hook and line is a nice way to spend a summer day. You're sure to catch something with this method.
It is possible to fish with a line a and hook on all lakes. It is possible to fish with a hook and line from a shore, a jetty or a boat. Nearly all companies in fishing tourism offer hooks and lines and angleworms. Perch, roach and bream are the most common fish that are angled.
If you use a boat for angling you should anchor your boat near the fishing place. An angleworm is set in the hook and the height of the bobber is adjusted to suit the depth of the water. The bobber signals you if a fish bites. You can also make the bait more attractive by pulling the line sometimes if the waves are not strong enough to do this. Read More
Net fishing is a traditional Finnish fishing method. You're sure to catch fish of many different species with this method.
Net fishing is possible throughout the year. In summer, the nets are laid from a boat in evening and emptied in morning. 2 persons are needed for net fishing. The other person rows the boat and the other lays nets. A couple of nets are usually laid together crossways at the bottom, near the shore. There should be a float at both ends of each net. Nets are checked for fish in the next morning. The net is raised on a gathering peg and the fish are released from the net. All the nets must be disentangled before they are laid back in water again.
You can fish any species you want by choosing a different location, fishing depth, fishing time and size of the net. It is also possible to lay nets near the surface with floats. Nets are floated under the ice in winter and they are emptied once a week.
Net fishing is possible on nearly all lakes. You should ask your accommodation services about net fishing possibilities and tackles. Read More
Weir fishing is an easy way to catch fish. Fishing with weirs is usually done in summer, but it is also possible in winter. Perch, roach, pike and bream are the types of fish which are fished with a weir.
A boat is generally used for weir fishing, but it can also be done from a shore by throwing or by using a stock for help. A rushy shore is usually the right place for weir fishing. There is no need to check the weirs for catch every day, because fish will stay alive within a weir for days. Read More
Torch fishing is exciting and rich in atmosphere in dark nights in late summer.
Torch fishing is done by moving on a boat near the shallow shores and looking for fish with a light. Once a fish is seen, the fisherman hits it with a spear against the bottom and lifts the fish into the boat. A calm weather and quiet movement is important in order to be succesful in torch fishing. Read More
Brown trout is the fish of the province of Central Finland and it is a respected catch. Brown trout fingerling arefirst in rivers and later they wander into lakes. It grows rapidly in lakes by eating vendace and smelt. Later it wanders back into rivers to spawn. Casting is the best fishing method to fish Brown trout and it can also be caught by trolling and net fishing on lakes. Read More
Grayling is one of the most wanted catch. It is possible to catch big graylin weighing even over 1 kg on rapids in Central Finland. Read More
There are pike in nearly all lakes in Central Finland. This big predatory fish is the most important catch on lakes. Read More
Pike perch populations are strong in several waters. Pike perch favour brown and warm water and they are usually caught on lakes in Central Finland. The best way to catch pike perch is to troll or fish with nets. Read More
Rainbow trout is a popular sport fishing catch. Rainbow trout is stocked in many rapid fishing grounds and special fishing grounds in Central Finland. Read More
You can find freshwater salmon at open areas. Freshwater salmon is a dream catch for trollers. Several freshwater salmon weighing over 5 kg have been caught yearly. Read More
There are a plenty of perch in all waters in Central Finland. Size of perch varies a lot between different waters and it depends on environment. A perch catch consists mainly of fish weighing under 50 g but it is possible catch much bigger perch. Perch can weigh even 1 kg.
The best way to catch perch is to hook-and-line, ice fish, cast with light tackles, or fish with a weir. Read More
Bream is a dream fish for an angler or a net fisherman. Bream is flat and it grows big. Especially big fish are excellent food. Read More
Burbot is a respected catch. The best way to catch burbot is to use nets.It is also possible to catch it with jiggs, weirs and fykes during spawning season. Read More
Vendace is a schooling fish of the open lakes and it is the main catch of professional fishermen in Central Finland. The best way to catch vendace for a leisure fisherman is to use nets. Read More
Roach is one of the most numerous fish in the waters of Central Finland. It is a common catch when angling or ice fishing. Read More
Ide is a respected and a surprising catch. As a fighter ide is peaceful but a strong opponent. There are ide in some waters in Central Finland. Read More
Whitefish populations are strong in many lakes in Central Finland. Whitefish is one of the most important catches but it is also possible to catch with casting tackles. Read More
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The largest fishing website in Finland www.kalapaikka.net and www.fishing.fi offers a wide variety of Fishing licenses to purchase for year 2023. You can get for example the compulsory national fisheries management fee, Rapid and river fishing licenses and Lake fishing licenses from our webshop. Fishing Permits can be easily obtained online 24 h / day, Finnish internet Bank account or Visa / MasterCard is required.
Note: In our online shop it is also possible to purchase licenses by other person than the fisher: Permit-holder's name can be changed during payment. So you can ask for example your Finnish friend, fishing quide or cottage owner to purhase fishing licenses to you from our online store.
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