Stocked catch speices are pike perch and brown trout.   Natural catch speices are pike, perch, bream and ide.  

Allowed fishing methods are fly fishing, trolling and spinning. Available services are launching place for boats and fireplace.

You are allowed to fish nearly on all the lakes of the area with the fishing permit of the fishing ground. The largest lakes of the ground are Pääjärvi, Kyyjärvi, Karankajärvi, and Kalmarinselkä. There are several rapids between the lakes and you need to buy separate permits to fish on them. The biggest lakes in the area are very wide open lakes with only few islands. Mattilanselkä, for example, is about 5 km wide. It is wise not to go there on a small boat if the wind is strong. The average depth of lake Kalmarinselkä is about 6 metres, but the other lakes in the area are quite shallow. There are no charts of the lakes available, nor are there any nautical routes on the lakes. The base maps of the area have contour lines on them. Nearly all the lakes are eutrophic and dark-watered and therefore there is plenty of fish in the lakes. The fish populations in the lakes are the biggest in central Finland. Cyprinid fish are the most common type of fish in the lakes. There are also plenty of small bream and pike perch in the lakes, because of the high amounts of nutrition available. Ide and burbot populations are quite strong in the lakes too. The rapids connecting the lakes to each other have been planted with lake trout, so it is possible to catch lake trout on the lakes too. Pike perch was planted in the lakes last year with great success. Lake Pääjärvi is the best place to fish pike perch. Pike perch weighting over 10 kg have been caught there. Pike perch population in lakes Kyyjärvi and Kalmarinselkä is growing very rapidly. A lot of pike perch weighting 2-4 kg have been caught on lake Kalmarinselkä. There is plenty of small pike perch on lake Kyyjärvi. Nearly on all the lakes it is possible to launch an own boat. There are well taken care of fireplaces for example on lake Kyyjärvi and Kalmarinselkä. Nearly on all lakes there are uninhabited shores where it is possible to go ashore. On the area there are also firms which serves the travelling fishermen’s. The lakes of the fishing ground are suitable for pike perch and pike trolling as well as for casting. In the winter by ice fishing it is almost sure that you catch something.

Hydrology - Fishing ground of Pääjärvi

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Season:Whole year vuosi 2011
Price Duration / Catch quota
Licensegroup: Fishing Method: All All
10 €Week / No catch quota
15 €Month / No catch quota
30 €Year / No catch quota
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Ei vapamäärärajoituksia. Kuhan alamitta Pääjärvessä 40 cm.Ei vapamäärärajoituksia. Pääjärven ja Karankajärven selkävedet sekä Kalmarinselän selkäluodon ympäristö on rauhoitettu kesäkuussa kaikenlaiselta kalastukselta. Kuhan alamitta Pääjärvessä 40 cm.

Fishing Methods

Fly fishing, trolling and spinning.

Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons

It is prohibited to take a fish that is smaller than the minimum size and bigger than the maximum size. A fish that does not meet the limits for the catch size must be immediately released back to water.

Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons

Brown trout 50 cm,  Freshwater Salmon 60 cm,  Grayling 35 cm,  Pike Perch 42 cm

General Catch Sizes and Closed Seasons (Finland Fishing Act)

Brown Trout Minimum Lenght cm
With adipose fin South of 64º00N latitude
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With adipose fin 64º00N - 67º00N välissä olevissa sisävesissä cm
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Without adipose fin North of 67º00N latitude cm
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River and Brook
Grayling Minimum Lenght cm
South of 67º00N Latitude cm
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North of 67º00N Latitude cm
South of 67º00N
Freshwater Salmon Minimum Lenght cm
Vuoksi and Hiitolanjoki drainage system
Rivers and brooks .
Salmon Minimum Lenght cm
North of 63º30 N Latitude Bay of Bothnia cm
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River and Brook .
Pike Perch Minimum Lenght cm
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Char Minimum Lenght cm
Lake Inarinjärvi cm
Vuoksi drainage area cm
Lake Kuolimo and Saimaa between Puumalansalmi and Vuoksenniska and Vuoksi drainage system area .
Whitefish Minimum Lenght cm
River and brook that empties to sea
Lamprey Minimum Lenght cm
Crayfish Minimum Lenght cm
Jokirapu, täplärapu ja kapeasaksirapu (Astacus leptodactylus)
Rainbow Trout and other Fish Speices Minimum Lenght cm


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Associated Lakes

Pääjärvi 2950 ha
Kyyjärvi 1628 ha
Karankajärvi 1101 ha
Vahanka 477 ha
Vahvanen 195 ha
Kalmarinselkä 705 ha
Tuhmalampi 193 ha
Valkkuna 82 ha

Special fishing areas nearby Pääjärven kalastusalueen yhteislupa-alue

Fishing ground of Pääjärvi 0 km
10€/viikko 15€/kuukausi 30€/vuosi
Kiminginjoki Ruukinkoski 8 km
Kouheroistenkoski Rapids 13 km
Karstula Area 300 ha Area 12 ha
5€/vrk 25€/vuosi
Tuhmakoski Rapids 16 km
Saarijärvi Area 240 ha Area 17 ha
15€/24 tuntia 70€/kausi
Karajoki Rapids 16 km
Saarijärvi Area 600 ha Area 4.8 ha
Heijostenkoski Rapids 17 km
Karstula Area 320 ha Area 575 ha Area 545 ha Area 180 ha Area 335 ha Area 2450 ha Area 16.8 ha
10€/12 tuntia 25€/24 tuntia 130€/kausi 200€/kausi
Moksin- ja Vihanninjoki Rapids 18 km
Saarijärvi Maximum depth 2000 m Maximum depth 2 m
Rapids Kalmukoski ja Haapakoski 21 km
Saarijärvi Area 3500 ha Area 17.4 ha
15€/24 tuntia 50€/vuosi 200€/kausi

Lakes nearby Pääjärven kalastusalueen yhteislupa-alue

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Fishing Guides

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Cottages Pääjärven kalastusalueen yhteislupa-alue

Cottage Saarijärvi Karanka Karajoki Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
Mulikan Hilton
10 henk 0m2
alk. 205
/week/pers. 15 km 
Cottage Saarijärvi Karankajärvi Karajoki Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
Villa Mertala
6+2 henk 114m2
alk. 700-950
/week/cottage 17 km 
Cottage Saarijärvi Heijostenkoski Heijostenkoski Ähtärin Golf Paavonrinteet
10+6 henk 200m2
alk. 650-750
/week/cottage 17 km 
Cottage Kannonkoski Kivijärvi Viivajoki Sahis
Mäntyranta I,II
6+2 henk 96m2
alk. 460-730
/week/cottage 28 km 
Cottage Kannonkoski Kivijärvi Viivajoki Sahis
4 henk 25m2
alk. 330-500
/week/cottage 28 km 
Cottage Viitasaari Vuosjärvi Huopanankoski Eerikkälä golf Sahis
8+4 henk 80m2
alk. 600
/week/cottage 44 km 
Cottage Kinnula MArkojärvi Myllyjoki St. Lake Golf Club Sahis
8+2 henk 100m2
alk. 600-650
/week/cottage 45 km 
Cottage Kinnula Markojärvi Myllyjoki St. Lake Golf Club Sahis
6+2 henk 67m2
alk. 450-550
/week/cottage 45 km 
Cottage Viitasaari Muuruejärvi Keihärinkoski St. Lake Golf Club Sahis
Huopanan hirsihuvila
5 henk 39m2
alk. 390
/week/cottage 45 km 
Cottage Kinnula Kivijärvi Myllyjoki St. Lake Golf Club Sahis
6+1 henk 50m2
alk. 400-550
/week/cottage 46 km 
Cottage Keuruu Kuusijärvi Pihlaiskosket Golf-Virrat Vuorenmaa
6 henk 50m2
alk. 430-450
/week/cottage 68 km 
Cottage Keuruu Kuusijärvi Pihlaiskosket Golf-Virrat Vuorenmaa
6 henk 50m2
alk. 380-400
/week/cottage 68 km 
Cottage Keuruu Kuusijärvi Pihlaiskosket Golf-Virrat Vuorenmaa
8+2 henk 65m2
alk. 450-550
/week/cottage 68 km 
Cottage Keuruu Kuusijärvi Pihlaiskosket Golf-Virrat Vuorenmaa
4 henk 30m2
alk. 280
/week/cottage 68 km 


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